Concert

Vijay Iyer Trio and the Miguel Zenon Quartet

Friday / December 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Vijay Iyer & Miguel Zenon

Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Miguel Zenon are two of the most startlingly original and brilliant voices in contemporary jazz. Both are fearless explorers, ably mining whatever moves them, from honored jazz traditions to hip-hop culture, all with technical mastery, grit, and wisdom. In this double bill, audiences will hear the jazz of tomorrow under construction.

Admission: 
$48, $41, $36, reserved seating

Celebrating Maggie Scott: 30 Years of Jazz Vocal Night

Thursday / December 8, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Maggie Scott

Since 1980, Berklee professor Maggie Scott has hosted Jazz Vocal Night, an annual student recital where she handles all aspects of the event, from auditioning the performers to accompanying them on piano. Many of Scott's former students who appeared in the show have gone on to distinctive careers. On Thursday, December 8, five of them return to Berklee to pay tribute to their mentor at Celebrating Maggie Scott: 30 Years of Jazz Vocal Night 
with special guests Antonia Bennett, Lalah Hathaway, Robin McKelle, Esperanza Spalding, and Nadia Washington.

Celebrating Maggie Scott: 30 Years of Jazz Vocal Night is part of the 2011-2012 Signature Series at Berklee. It takes place at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. The concert is $20/$15 (reserved seating) and begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are available at berkleebpc.com or at the box office. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. Call 617 747-2261 for more information.

Scott and special guests Bennett, Hathaway, McKelle, Spalding, and Washington will perform jazz standards, and video of the alumnae from past Jazz Vocal nights will be shown during each artist's introduction. The concert band features faculty members Tim Ray on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and Jon Lockwood on bass. Concert coproducer Greg Hopkins plans to have additional instrumentalists-including students-join on some tunes with guitar and trombone features, horn section, and a string quartet.

"I am truly honored and overwhelmed that this concert is happening," said Scott. "The recognition for my love of jazz and my work with the students, I feel I am being appreciated and respected for what I do and teach. That is a great feeling!" 

Scott is a veteran jazz pianist, vocalist, recording artist and Julliard alumna who has been performing for six decades. She has mentored countless rising talents since coming to Berklee in 1978 to teach voice, stressing repertoire in her classes and encouraging students to develop a sense of style. "Maggie was more than a teacher to me," said McKelle. "She taught me the importance of the lyric, the melody, and the swing feel and how they all work together. She respects the tradition of jazz and where this great American art form came from. I'm honored to be a part of this performance."

"The performers chosen to pay tribute to me are a very special group of talented, wonderful musicians and singers who have worked very hard to become successful," added Scott. "I shared many wonderful moments working with them. I do have a certain amount of satisfaction seeing and hearing the results of the many lessons and rehearsals they all went through, and I'm very proud of them."

Scott is considered a trailblazer for female musicians. She began teaching at Berklee at a time when female instructors and students represented a small minority. Scott was also the first woman elected to the executive board of the Boston Musicians' Association, Local 9-535, American Federation of Musicians, where she served for 25 years. For many years, she has played as a soloist and with her trio at jazz clubs and hotels in Boston and the New England area. She has also accompanied greats such as Cab Calloway and Eartha Kitt, and appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Admission: 
$20, $15 reserved seating

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Singers Showcase

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. Over 100 vocalists audition each year for the chance to earn a spot on the stage, and this year 15 made it through to the second round. At their callback auditions, audience members were invited to vote for their choices and the top 9 performed. The results were weighed alongside the choices of the four judges, faculty members Livingston Taylor, Ken Zambello, Donna McElroy and celebrity guest judge Debra Byrd. For this installment, singers will present a jukebox of pop, rock, r&b, jazz, blues, and folk tunes. These pieces will be followed by selections paying tribute to Carole King.

Carole King is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist who has written over two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. In 2000, she was named the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99, because she wrote and cowrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. King has recorded 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. In 2009, Carole King was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. She holds the female record for the longest an album has remained on the charts and the longest an album has held the No.1 position, both for Tapestry.

Students featured in this year's Singers Showcase:

Molly Brown is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. She is in her fifth semester at Berklee as professional music major. She plays both piano and guitar and hopes to move to Nashville, TN upon graduation to pursue a solo career.

Marilyn Wright is a fourth semester student from Cleveland, OH majoring in music business/management. She intends to travel the world, fulfilling her dream of being a gospel recording artist. She doesn't just want to sing—she wants to touch the hearts of her listeners while spreading the message of hope to others. 

Su Jin Lee has been singing for 11 years now, focusing primarily on rock. She is a music production and engineering major.

Samantha Schultz is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She began singing at the age of three, and has developed a unique, organic pop-folk sound, which appeals to audiences of all ages. She is currently in her junior year as a professional music major and is attending Berklee on the Gary Slaight Family Presidential Scholarship.

Adam Henry is a music therapy major as well as a singer-songwriter. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and drums. 

Torrence Nelson was born and raised in Chicago. He is currently in his last year at Berklee, studying professional music with a focus in music education. After Berklee, he wants to teach and continue to perform.

Natalia Sulca, 19, is originally from Miami, Florida. She is a third-semester Berklee student who plans to major in both voice and piano performance. She has been playing since she was 4 and singing since she was 11.

Also performing are Elisa Lomazzo and Hannah Juliano.

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

Admission: 
$8, $13 in advance; $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating

Brass Showcase

Monday / November 21, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Tom Plsek, Charles Lewis, and Greg Fritze, this concert features various brass ensembles of students and the Berklee Faculty Brass Quintet in an evening of contemporary jazz originals.

Admission: 

JD Allen Trio

Thursday / November 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument-the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art-has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

Admission: 
Free

JD Allen Trio

Wednesday / November 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument—the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art—has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Steven Wilson

Sunday / November 13, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$45, $35, $27.50, reserved seating

Ensemble Showcase: Latin

Friday / December 2, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Bernardo Hernandez: Salsa Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Ricardo Monzon: Music of the Dominican Republic
6:30 p.m. Matt Jensen: Music

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: World, Pop, Funk

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Mixed World Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Music of Paul Simon and Sting
6:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: The Music of P-Funk

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Heavy Metal, Hardcore, Alternative

Wednesday / November 30, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Hardcore/Heavy Metal
4:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Hardcore/Heavy Metal
6:30 p.m. Ron Savage: Music of Radiohead

Admission: 

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