Concert

The Aristocrats

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Aristocrats is a newly formed eclectic rock trio made up of some of the world's greatest musicians. Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller promise to put on a show that is not to be missed.

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Admission: 
$16, $21 reserved seating

The Cello/Piano Project with Eugene Friesen and Tim Ray

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 2:15 p.m.
Subaru of New England Stage
United States
Eugene Friesen

Musical passion, sweeping melody, and rocking rhythm mark the one-of-a-kind performances of the Cello/Piano Project. Contemporary jazz, Brazilian classics, and American folk tunes are the soil from which the duo's joyful interplay blooms, and chamber music is changed forever.

As featured players with the likes of Paul Winter, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, and others, both Eugene Friesen and Tim Ray have cultivated unique styles of accompanying and soloing. At their duo concerts, audiences are treated to the full range of their remarkable abilities in living color.

The melodic and emotional facets of Eugene Friesen's cello have been well documented on hundreds of commercial CDs and film scores. Less known are his unbridled improvisations featuring an almost percussive use of the cello, or his unique pizzicato techniques derived from African folk traditions. Friesen's use of his voice, doubling his cello lines in perfect intonation and nuance, is another distinctive sonic signature.

Ray has appeared on Jay Leno, and has been featured on national tours with Lyle Lovett. Fluent and brilliant in a myriad of American pop, folk, and swing styles, he is also highly regarded as a jazz performer and composer. Though a dazzling soloist, Ray is equally creative as an accompanist and producer and has served as musical director for singer-songwriters Jane Siberry and Victoria Williams on the road and in the recording studio.

Playing jazz as well as innovative compositions by both Friesen and Ray, the Cello/Piano Project traces a wideranging musical gamut in a program which is simultaneously imaginative, immediate, and original.           

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Sunday / September 25, 2011 / 9:00 p.m.
Life is Good Festival
Prowse Farm
Canton
MA
United States
02021
Tubby Love

It's not the size of the man, it's the size of the love. Ranging from acoustic soul to futuristic reggae fusion, Tubby Love is diversely devoted to consciously delivering a message of truth and love. His constant quest for a greater purpose can be easily translated in songs like "Constant Motion" and "The Awakening."

A graduate of Berklee and recipient of the Scott Benson Award, Tubby Love has been blessed to share the stage with many of his influences, such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, and the Aggrolites, and continues to make a name for himself in the future roots music scene. "I try not to box myself into a genre," he says during an interview at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, "What I play is music. I draw inspiration from everything." Outwardly expressing his love for experimental music, Tubby Love is constantly collaborating and combining new flavors, creating what some are calling a "reggae soul revolution." He just calls it music.

Admission: 
TBA

Oleta Adams

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
United States
Oleta Adams

Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. 

Adams's 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went platinum), and the impassioned hit single "Get Here"—the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War—built her fan base. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.

Admission: 
Free

Bernie Worrell and SociaLybrium

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 1:45 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
United States
Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell first came to prominence as a founding member and musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic. While this massively influential supergroup was radically altering the course of music, Worrell was radically charting the course of emerging keyboard technology during the golden age of analog synthesis. Among the key ingredients in his sonic stew were perfect pitch and a well-honed facility with the classical canon.

A child prodigy who began studying piano at the tender age of 3 and gave his first public performance just a year later, Worrell wrote his first concerto at 8 and performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at 10. His classical studies would continue throughout his adolescence, including private lessons at the Juilliard School of Music, before he entered the New England Conservatory of Music. 

Upon leaving the conservatory, Worrell served for several years as musical director for Maxine Brown before joining George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic crew. Worrell then proceeded to provide this freewheeling collective with a structural foundation which, while occasionally implied, was ever-present. At the same time, he explored and expanded his own musical ideas in every conceivable direction with a brazenness which was both revolutionary and evolutionary. From fanciful forays on clavinet, which leaped without warning, to guttural gulps to squiggly squeals to liquid Minimoog bass lines, which herded listeners to the dance floor, it all represented new musical language. All the while, his rapid advancements of the synthesizer's potential were actually traceable to his classical foundation.

The hits were many: "Flashlight," "Atomic Dog," "Aqua Boogie," "Cosmic Slop" and "Red Hot Mama" are only a few of the Parliament-Funkadelic classics which Worrell cowrote, played, and coproduced, on dozens of albums—not to mention his years of wild P-Funk performances, which quickly became the stuff of lore.

After departing Parliament/Funkadelic, Worrell resurfaced with the revamped Talking Heads lineup for several albums, including The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues and Jonathan Demme's dazzling concert film, Stop Making Sense. Worrell's ominous colorings, this time delivered via new digital keyboards such as the Prophet 5, were central to the recasting of group leader David Byrne's musical ideas through African rhythms.

In the years since he left Talking Heads, Worrell has been a phenomenally prolific studio musician, serving as a primary change-agent in the many experimental works of producer Bill Laswell while contributing his singular flair to projects by the likes of Keith Richards, the Pretenders, Jack Bruce, Deee-Lite, and Bootsy's New Rubber Band. At the same time, he has been among the most sampled musicians ever, with Digital Underground, De La Soul, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, DMX, and countless others having acknowledged his timeless grooves by building their tunes around his signature riffs.

Worrell also released a series of critically acclaimed solo efforts, including Funk of Ages, Blacktronic Science, Pieces of WOO/The Other Side and Free Agent: A Spaced Odyssey. And he has become quite a sensation on the jam band circuit, playing with groups ranging from Warren Haynes' Gov't Mule to Laswell's Material, Method of Defiance and Praxis conglomerations.

In 1997, Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Parliament/Funkadelic (Talking Heads would follow five years later). That same year, he launched his own group, Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors, which has performed all over the US and abroad to rave reviews. The in-concert energy of this ensemble has twice been captured on live albums: Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors Live (1998) and True DAT (2002).

Worrell's work has also continued to surface in other places. In 1993, when David Letterman moved his program to CBS, Worrell helped launch the CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer. He cowrote the score for the cult classic, Car 54, Where Are You? and other films, including the Ice Cube vehicle, Friday. In 2003, his music was featured in the NBC television mini-series, Kingpin.

The "Wizard of WOO" continues to wear many hats as effortlessly as he mixes musical forms, performing with both Mos Def's Black Jack Johnson band and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains.

2005 saw the release of Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth, a documentary film on the life of this master musician. And, between 2009 and 2010, Worrell assembled his latest musical project, SociaLybrium. SociaLybrium is features Worrell on keyboards, Melvin Gibbs on bass, Ronny Drayton on guitar, and JT Lewis on drums—a rock/funk/jazz fusion feast. To finish off 2010 with a bang, Worrell has just recently debuted another collaboration with guitar prodigy Wes Santo called WesN'Worrell.

Admission: 
Free

Music Clubhouse Youth Showcase

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
United States

Boston's network of neighborhood-based youth music education programs sponsored by Berklee, the Music and Youth Initiative, and eight youth agencies will showcase rising stars from the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, Sociedad Latina, Hyde Square Task Force, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

Admission: 
Free

Danilo Pérez

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Pérez

Grammy Award–winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring.

Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. Currently he serves as artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival, artistic advisor of the innovative Mellon Jazz Up Close series at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Pérez will be playing two shows, one at 8:00 p.m. and one at 10:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Show, $25; dinner and show, $67

Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
United States
Bloco AfroBrazil

 

Bloco AfroBrazil's goal is to preserve, promote, and spread the Afro-Brazilian culture, in all its aspects: music, dance, religion, and culinary arts. Their primary focus is on music and dance, through different music entities: BatukAxé drum and dance ensemble playing samba reggae and other batucada style grooves. Banda Jiló playing Forro music from northeastern Brazil. Aguidá plays Axé music, the most contemporary music style from Salvador. Mangalô a modern interpretation of traditional Brazilian grooves. Our goals are to create an annual event fully dedicated to the Afro-Brazilian culture and to organize an annual trip to Bahia to spread the knowledge of Afro-Brazilian culture in the U.S. by exposing people to the lifestyle of Bahia.

Admission: 
Free admission

Berklee Beantown Traditional Jazz Band

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Columbus Avenue (Street Performance)
688 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States

The Berklee BeanTown Traditional Jazz Band, is a dixieland style octet comprised mostly Berklee College of Music Faculty Members.  Of the eight of them, Charlie Lewis, Harry Skoler, John Pierce, Bill Thompson, John Marasco, Jon Hazilla, and Bob Tamagni all currently teach at Berklee and are known for their prestige in the U.S. music scene.

This year Stu Gunn will be joining the group on tuba. The Berklee BeanTown Traditional Jazz Band will be seen throughout the day all over Columbus Avenue, giving Dixieland-style small band performances.

Admission: 
Free

Nadia Washington Quartet

Monday / August 15, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Nadia Washington

Often compared to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Nadia Washington's style incorporates a fusion of different musical avenues. Her smooth, velvet-cloaked vocals draw in an audience, leaving many feeling quite misty.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Washington was surrounded by some of the premier musicians of the area. Of course one in particular would be her mother, Nelda Washington, who took the hotel bar and lounge circuit by storm in the late '80s and early '90s. Being a single parent, Nelda would bring her daughter to studio sessions and some hotel gigs. This was the beginning of her education.

At the age of 5, Washington had her first performance at a church that seated five thousand. This was the start of her passion for performing. As she began to really get serious about her craft, her mother would invite her to sing along with on some gigs. Eventually, Washington began singing with her in studio sessions for clients such as Frito-Lay and McDonald's. She has also been involved in numerous studio sessions with various major recording artists, including David and Tamela Mann of the new television sitcom Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.

By the time she hit her teenage years, Washington found a new passion: jazz music. At the age of 15, she was accepted to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where could learn more about the music that mesmerized her. Attending this school led her to many more opportunities that gave her national recognition: two DownBeat Student Music Awards and an honor from the National Foundation of the Advancement of the Arts. In 2006, she received the Monterey Jazz Festival Outstanding Jazz Vocalist award and participated in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. She was also accepted to Berklee on the Bill Cosby Presidential Scholarship.

While studying at Berklee, Washington has made a mark on both coasts, playing at the Blue Note in New York as well as at Vibrato in Bel Air, California. She was an affiliate of many ensembles, most notably those led by Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, and Ralph Peterson, touring the East Coast.

Washington has appeared as a guest vocalist for many occasions, including a musical tribute to Dave Brubeck in 2007, and she was a featured performing artist in the Trinidad and Tobago Steelpan and Jazz Festival in 2008. Shortly thereafter, she played the role of Billie Holiday in the musical Love and Hunger. Most recently, Washington had the opportunity to sing with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron in the 2010 commencement ceremony at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

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