Concert

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
600 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful seven-piece band built on a foundation of rock-solid reggae groove with tight vocal harmonies and inspired blues-rock soloing. Joining reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising, the Liquid Revolution expresses the cry of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice. Not only do Jenson's poetically insightful songs strike at the heart of these issues, but his tunes about joyful expressions of love, spirituality, and the lessons to be learned from simple stories of everyday life all offer a vision of a bright future.

Jenson is a multigenre keyboardist, singer, arranger, composer, and gifted educator who is currently on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music, where, among his other teaching duties, he is well-known for his smash-hit class The Music and Life of Bob Marley.

This year saw the release of the group’s groundbreaking debut album, Dragonfly Taxi, and Jenson is very pleased to have the absolutely killer rhythm section players who recorded the album performing: Sean Skeete (assistant chair of the ensemble department) on drums and Winston Maccow (associate professor at Berklee) on bass. Also appearing will be Angel Gittens on backing vocals.

Admission: 
Free

Robin McKelle and the Flytones

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Robin McKelle

Not since Dusty Springfield invaded Memphis has a white female singer dished up so flavorful a bucket of soul. Robin McKelle’s passion for classic American R&B—not the pasteurized pop produced by Motown, but the raw stuff that poured forth from Stax and Atlantic—was first exercised two years ago when she swung away from big band swing to deliver the down-and-dirty Mess Around. Now she performs alongside the hard-partying Flytones. Led by bassist and co-producer Derek Nievergelt.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Featuring Adam Cruz

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 3:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through interconnective teaching and thinking, with Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI students produce original music and social projects in the pursuit of peace, intercultural dialogue, social change, and democracy. This specially selected group of young musicians travels and performs internationally, representing the core values and teachings of the BGJI.  

For this concert, the institute's ensemble will be joined by special guest drummer Adam Cruz. A creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Cruz is best known for his work with Pérez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, and Edward Simon. In recent years, Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Pérez and is a member of the Danilo Pérez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. Cruz's remarkable musicianship has made him one of the most in-demand drummers of today.

In 2010, he was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record his much-anticipated debut solo recording as a composer and bandleader, entitled Milestone. The album was released in 2011 on Sunnyside Records and received great critical acclaim by the Los Angeles TimesDownBeat magazine, and Jazz Times. The New York Times describes the album as "informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz."  

Listen to a podcast featuring the BGJI Green Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Mike Tucker Trio +1 Featuring Warren Wolf

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Mike Tucker Trio
Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a sideman all over the world.  In 2002, he competed as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington, D.C., and soon after he attended Berklee College of Music, where his career got a jump start, on a full-tuition scholarship.
 
Tucker's most recent project, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio + 1 Featuring Warren Wolf, is a live recording that has an updated sound while still being rooted in the traditions of jazz. The disc features arrangments of standards, as well as several of Tucker's original compositions. Although it's a new group, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio has already performed in France at the Toulouse Jazz Festival and has a busy schedule ahead for 2013-2014.
 
As a leader in past projects, Tucker has been invited to perform at jazz festivals around the world, including the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Nagoya, Japan; the Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine, France; the Emerging Artists of the 21st Century concert series in San Jose, Costa Rica; and, closer to home, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
 
Tucker has also appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows, including Toast of the Nation on NPR, Voice of America, and XM Satellite Radio's Jazz and Beyond. Besides many engagements with his own group, Tucker is currently a  member of Sony recording artist Robin McKelle's group and has performed or recorded with  Esperanza Spalding, Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore,  George Garzone,  Joe Lovano, Melvin Sparks, George Duke, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Fred Wesley, Eric Reed, and Carl Allen,  among many others.
 
Tucker is also a sought-after clinician and educator. He has been invited to give master classes at the University of Minnesota; the Hokaido Groove Camp in Sapporo, Japan; MAI in Nancy, France; and at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.
Admission: 
Free

The Bell Affair Featuring Karen Bell

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:15 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Karen Bell

The Bell Affair featuring Karen Bell is an exhilarating elixir of funk punch poured from a diamond ladle. The music is a mixture of soulful, funky favorites served up by some of the finest musicians in New England. Karen Bell, founder and lead singer for the Bell Affair, has thrilled fans for more than 20 years with her southern charm and heartfelt, powerful vocals. Standing at the helm, Bell has concocted a heady brew of all-star talent in the Bell Affair, a delicate blend of precision, raw passion and that old-school flavor sure to quench an audience's thirst for a great time.

Admission: 
Free

The Simon Moullier Quartet—Jazz Revelations Student Band

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Simon Moullier Quartet

Founded in Boston in October 2012, this international quartet is an erupting volcano, with Simon Moullier (France) on vibes, Samuel Batista (Panama) on alto saxophone, Elin Sandberg (Sweden) on upright bass, and Kazuhiro Odagiri (Japan) on drums. This band’s main power source is youth, releasing a constant energy that grows in Moullier’s original compositions.

The quartet is centered around jazz, but only uses it as a color in the sound through acoustic instruments such as the alto saxophone or the upright bass. Although the music is sometimes sullied by the overdrive on the vibraphone or by the mad, itching rhythms that relate to Moullier’s main influences, such as Radiohead, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper.

The quartet has a unique sound because of the cohesion between the vibes and the alto saxophone, which brings out simple and delightful melodies served with a wide range of harmonies. The upright bass and the drums, rooted in neo-soul and pop influences, instill a balance in the music, which creates a new style. 

After several recording sessions in Berklee College of Music’s studios, the Simon Moullier Quartet was selected by the Jazz Revelation record label and played on the recently released album Catalyst.

Admission: 
Free

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah grew up in New Orleans in the late '80s and early '90s. At the age of 13, he was already proficient enough to join his uncle, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and his band. After graduating with his brother at the top of their high school class at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, he headed north to Berklee College of Music with a full scholarship. He earned two degrees in two years and eventually launched a music career that has positioned him as one of the best innovators of his generation.  

Admission: 
Free

Will Calhoun Trio

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 3:45 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎

Will Calhoun is a Grammy winner who contributes to many genres, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continuously pushing the envelope. Famous for his work with the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, which won two Grammys, Calhoun has recorded and/or toured and performed with many artists, including Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD High Life). 

Before he became famous as a member of Living Colour, Calhoun was an aspiring jazz drummer raised on a steady diet of his father's bebop records. Calhoun goes back to his roots on his latest album, Life In This World, but to get there he takes a circuitous route through a wealth of musical experience around the globe.

Calhoun's stellar jazz recording features great artists such as Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Charnett Moffett, Marc Cary, Doug Wimbish, John Benitezand, and legendary bassist Ron Carter. "Life In This World is a spiritual title," Calhoun says, "which, to me, just means the sonic world of my experiences. It's Will Calhoun in the sense of what influences me and what inspires me, but aimed more towards a jazz audience." This new CD is Calhoun's most jazz-oriented recording since his Grammy-nominated 2000 release, Live at the Blue Note, and his diverse interests remain evident.

Admission: 
Free

Matt Savage Quartet Featuring Bobby Watson

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎
Matt Savage

Matt Savage has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8.  He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, the Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Chick Corea, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Erena Terakubo, just to name a few.

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. After he graduated from University of Miami in 1975, he moved to New York City, and soon found employment as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Watson launched his own group, Bobby Watson & Horizon, with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, and they recorded for Blue Note and Columbia Records.

Admission: 
Free

Rick DiMuzio Quintet Featuring Lage Lund

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:15 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎
Rick DiMuzio

Jazz saxophonist and composer Rick DiMuzio has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. In addition to leading ensembles under his own name, he has performed regularly as a sideman with the Greg Hopkins’ big band, the Kevin Harris Project, Leo Blanco, and the Fernando Huergo Quintet. He has played or recorded with such artists as David Liebman, Steve Grossman, Bill Perkins, Kenny Wheeler, Conrad Herwig, Danilo Perez, James Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Roger Humphries, Francisco Mela, and Jamey Haddad.

In addition to his performing career, DiMuzio serves as professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught courses in ear training, improvisation, saxophone, jazz composition, and ensemble. He earned his doctorate in jazz composition from New England Conservatory, a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Past teachers include Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Bill Dobbins, and Rayburn Wright.

Admission: 
Free

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