Concert

Sam James / Amy Allen / Emily Kopp

Saturday / February 11, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sam James is a singer-songwriter rising to prominence in the alternative folk-rock scene. Fresh off an extended tour, he has already amassed a sizable fan base. Also featuring Amy Allen and Emily Kopp.

Admission: 
$12 general admission

Kevin Harris

Monday / February 13, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection?

Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad.

JazzTimes magazine says "Harris possesses a spare style and gentle touch," and the Boston Globe quotes that "Harris has worked to refine the creative push and pull of a music that demands it."

One of the captivating elements of his group is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into passionate music conversations as well as playful exchanges.

Both his live performances and his recordings reflect Harris's determination to capture his audience through thoughtful music interactions and very complex solo sections.

Among his most recent and upcoming collaborations are Avishai Cohen, Steve Langone, Eddie Gomez, Marco Pignataro, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Harris performs at the renowned national and international venues such as Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, Wang Theatre, Jordan Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Wally's Jazz Café. He has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Panama, Havana, and Boston.

Harris holds a master's degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and an undergraduate degree in music education (Morehead State University, Kentucky). At the NEC, he studied with Fred Hersch, Mike Cain, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, and Danilo Perez, and performed with George Russell, Benny Golson, and Bob Brookmeyer.

After graduating from New England Conservatory, Harris worked at defining himself and his music through partnerships with key musicians and also studying and arranging the music of jazz's masters such as Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker as well as elaborate classical composers such as J.S. Bach and Beethoven. The continuing search for growth and new expression is clearly recognizable in his albums.

In 2010, Kevin released Chapters at Scullers Jazz Club and Blue Note NYC. This new album is a courageous compilation of complex dialogue and a fearless ambition to continue to explore the world of improvisation. It includes compositions by Harris and drummer Steve Langone, along with new arrangements of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. 

Harris also released two other albums, Freedom Doxology, demonstrating his ability to create an energetic interaction using odd meters and advanced harmony, a true treat for any listener. This album also displays Harris's interest in exploring and arranging Monk's and Coltrane's tunes.

His first album, The Butterfly Chronicles, holds a number of through-composed originals that take listeners through the stories told by the engaging notes played.

Harris is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he teaches piano, jazz ensembles, and summer theory classes; in previous years he has also taught classes at the Boston Arts Academy, and collaborated with the Northeastern University Fusion Arts Program teaching students from Brazil, India, and South Africa.

Committed to the community and to getting youth involved in music, Harris has conducted clinics and master classes in both public and private schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2000 he started five separate band programs with help from Arts In Progress, a Boston based arts organization.

Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance/clinic always involves interacting with the audience that in turn inspires a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation," he says, "is what keeps our souls alive."

Admission: 

The Checkout: Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Leala Cyr & Ricardo Vogt

Famed New York area NPR jazz station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first-ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org.

Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt, a duo since 2002, blend picturesque vocals and sensual guitar in a unique combination of American and Brazilian roots.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Leala Cyr discovered jazz singing after excelling in classical trumpet at a young age. Cyr was featured as a trumpet and vocal soloist at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition at the Lincoln Center in New York before attending the University of Wisconsin where she met Vogt.

Ricardo Vogt hails from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he was recognized for an original composition he wrote at age nine. A singer in his own right, Vogt also became the lead vocalist for the Cassino Orchestra Show Band in 2000.

While attending the University of Wisconsin, Cyr and Vogt began arranging together—everything from Duke Ellington to Antonio Carlos Jobim—and transferred to Berklee. With the incredible scat technique of Leala Cyr and sensational accompaniment of Ricardo Vogt, there was no stopping this dynamic duo.

Since their debut as a duo, Cyr was named Best Jazz Vocalist in DownBeat magazine's Student Music Awards in 2005 and performed on Esperanza Spalding's album Chamber Music Society. Vogt endorses Godin Guitars and joined the Eliane Elias Quartet and the Esperanza Spalding Quartet. Together, the two have traveled widely to conduct clinics and master classes and have performed live with renowned artists such as Milton Nascimento and Esperanza Spalding.

Now graduates of Berklee, Ricardo and Leala are beginning their professional career in New York and around the world.

Admission: 
Free

Women of the World

Tuesday / March 6, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Women of the World

Women of the World is an ensemble of exceptional women from all over the world. Hailing from Japan, India, Italy, and the United States, the four core singers and their diverse band create rich tapestries of culture and sound as they perform both original and traditional songs.

Women of the World has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Agganis Arena, and TEDxBoston (TED Conferences). These Berklee alumnae have also shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo, received accolades from Bobby McFerrin, and have supported various causes including aid relief for the victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. Women of the World hopes to spread the message of unity and peace through the power of music.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Barnaby Bright / Suzie Brown / Jenee Halstead

Saturday / February 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Barnaby Bright

Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for its lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound.

Two-time finalists in the prestigious New York Song Circle Contest, Barnaby Bright was awarded the grand prize in November 2010 for its song, "Don't Look Down." The duo self-produced its first album, Wake The Hero, garnering recognition as an "Emerging Artist" at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July 2010, and was one of only four artists voted to return in 2011 as a featured performer.

The group's music has been featured on ER, Days of Our Lives, and Roadtrip Nation, and the catchy, melodic "If I Came Back As a Song" placed third in 2007's International Songwriting Competition. Barnaby Bright has toured all over the U.S. and Europe, dazzling fans with unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies, intelligent lyrics, and genuine warmth on stage.  Inspired by literature, life, human behavior, and a hint of fantasy, Barnaby Bright is a classic vision of timeless indie folk rock in all its glory.

Admission: 
$10 in advanced, $12 day of

Virtuosity of Mind, Craft, and Spirit: Lalah Hathaway

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Born to R&B and soul music royalty, Lalah Hathaway '94 is known to most people simply as the daughter of late soul music legend Donny Hathaway. But there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and her career has spanned two decades. Twenty-one years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive. Hathaway will be performing with Berklee students.

Admission: 
$8, $13 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating

The Planet MicroJam Institute featuring David Fiuczynski

Tuesday / March 13, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Fiuczynski

 

The Planet MicroJam Institute, under the direction of David Fiuczynski, collides sonic aesthetics from our increasingly shrinking global village to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, and extremely colorful mix of eastern and western elements. These basic ingredients are a preview of what will be the makeup of "Flam! Pan-Asian MicroJam for JDilla and Olivier Messiaen," the fall 2012 premiere of David Fiuczynski's 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship composition.

Musicians include:

David Fiuczynski: fretless and one quarter tone guitars

Utar Artun: microtonal keyboards

Justin Schornstein: fretless bass

Alex 'BisQuit' Bailey: drums

 

Admission: 
FREE

Club D’Elf

Friday / March 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Club d'Elf is an ever-shifting group of musicians who are fiercely dedicated to "the groove." The group revolves around bassist and leader Mike Rivard and consists of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, DJ, rock, and world music scenes of Boston and New York.

Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas, and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix, along with guests such as John Medeski and Billy Martin, DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis and Fela Kuti, the band draws inspiration from many sources, including neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant comedy show Mr. Show.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Tuesday / February 7, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For more than two decades Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Simien has led his Zydeco Experience Band and become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 5,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career.

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Faculty Singers Night

Wednesday / February 15, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Voice faculty come together for this tour de force performance. Joined by student players, they'll showcase a variety of contemporary styles including jazz, R&B, pop, rock, Latin, and singer-songwriter. Featured faculty vocalists are: Jeannie Gagné (director), Gabrielle Goodman, Aubrey Johnson, Nichelle Mungo, Jeff Ramsey, David Scott, Alison Wedding.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

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