Concert

The Neal Smith Quintet

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 4:45 p.m.
Subaru of New England Stage
United States
Neil Smith

Drummer Neal Smith—an associate professor of percussion at Berklee—has performed with artists such as Geri Allen, Anita Baker, Tom Harrell, Donald Harrison, and Frank Morgan. He has recorded several albums as a leader and has produced several projects for various artists on the NASMusic label. 

Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Smith has been playing drums since the age of 5. By the time he completed high school he had achieved a remarkable list of performance accomplishments and earned an impressive array of awards, scholarships, and honors.

With the support of his family, Smith continued his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies and performance, the first African-American to earn a degree in jazz studies from Oberlin.   

He performs regularly with internationally recognized artists and has shared the stage with the likes of Tom Harrell, Anita Baker, Geri Allen, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Harris, Isaac Hayes, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Donald Harrison, Frank Morgan, Brian Lynch, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Frank Foster, Dewey Redman, Mark Whitfield, Ronnie Mathews, Rufus Reid, Wendel Logan, James Moody, Marlena Shaw, and Vanessa Rubin.

Smithl has recorded several albums as a leader and has produced several projects for various artists on the NASMusic label. He performs regularly in clubs and concert halls, at colleges and universities, and at U.S. and international jazz festivals.

Admission: 
Free admission

Chasing Blue

Thursday / September 15, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Chasing Blue

Chasing Blue came together in the fall of '08 through a bluegrass ensemble at Berklee. Band members hail from across the United States and Canada, and now reside in Boston, and gig heavily in the New England festival circuit. Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound.

The band has played at the following notable venues: Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Massachusetts), Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (New York), Podunk Bluegrass Festival (Connecticut), Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), FOX News Austin (Texas), KUT Folkways Radio (Texas), Berklee's International Folk Festival (Massachusetts), The Music Barn (New Brunswick, Canada) and a Sponsored Showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Tennessee).

Admission: 
Free

Mark O'Connor String Festival Faculty Concert

Friday / July 1, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

To wrap up the weeklong, flagship string education program, luminary violinist/fiddler Mark O’Connor will take the stage for a capstone performance, joined by both world-class visiting faculty members and Berklee String Department faculty, including Martin Hayes, Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Angella Ahn, and many more. Extending the Summer String Program’s unique educational mission beyond the confines of the classroom, this concert is made accessible to the public at just $10 per ticket. Local string teachers and students are especially welcome to attend.

Admission: 
$10.00

Five-Week Instrumental Showcase

Thursday / August 11, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

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Five-Week Blowout

Wednesday / August 10, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features performances by some of the program's best ensembles in a wide range of musical styles and ranging from small groups to big bands. The featured ensembles will include:

  • Five-Week Big Band, directed by Jeff Claassen
  • Five-Week Fusion Ensemble, directed by Tiger Okoshi
  • JAG World Music Ensemble, directed by Joe Galeota
  • Five-Week Rock Ensemble, directed by Don Lappin
  • Five-Week Jazz Ensemble, directed by Phil Wilson
  • Five-Week Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by John McGann
  • Five-Week Salsa Ensemble, directed by Bernardo Hernandez

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

 

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Five-Week Vocal Night

Monday / August 8, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

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Five-Week Performing Songwriter Showcase

Wednesday / August 3, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Crossover Kidz

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert is part of the Berklee Five-Week Programming, along with the Fresh Prospects Summer Series and Foxtrot on July 21.

Crossover Kidz is a hip-hop and extremely musical duo, based out of Boston, that continues to electrify stages all over New England. Alongside its high energy backing band, the Post War Graduates, Crossover Kidz continues to build a strong following of energetic youth that can relate to its musical illustrations, convincingly bringing the listener into their world. 

Crossover Kids recently released its debut mixtape, "Picture Perfect," which recorded more than 1,000 downloads within the first hour.

 

 

 

 

 

Admission: 
FREE

Evo-Q: the Evolving Quartet

Tuesday / July 19, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Evo-Q, also known as the Evolving Quartet, features leader Lance Van Lenten on reeds, Joe Mulholland on piano, David Clark on bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums. The quartet will play a mix of original compositions as well as spirited arrangements of jazz standards.

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Scott Tarulli Group / Don Lappin Group

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Scott Tarulli Group will be playing brand new songs from its upcoming album. The instrumental, guitar-led band features Dennis Hughes on keys, Alison Keslow on bass, and Mike Casano on drums. 

In the second half, the Don Lappin Group will perform a set of original instrumental rock music from the guitarist's upcoming album. The instrumentation consists of two guitars, drums, bass, and keys.

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

 

Admission: 
$10

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