Concert

James Farm

Friday / September 23, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
James Farm

Featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland, James Farm infuses traditional acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation with a progressive attitude and modern sound, creating music that is rhythmically and technically complex while also harmonically rich, melodically satisfying, and emotionally compelling. Redman, Parks, Penman, and Harland exhibit a total commitment to group improvisation combined with a song-based approach to jazz that incorporates the members’ myriad influences.

Listen to "Polliwog," from James Farm's self-titled debut, featured in the Sounds of Berklee podcast.

Admission: 
$30, $37, $42, reserved seating

Jazz at the Arsenal: The Bruce Gertz Quintet

Monday / September 19, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Bruce Gertz

Join us at the opening concert of the new Jazz at the Arsenal series featuring Berklee faculty musicians. The Bruce Gertz Quintet consists of the great Jerry Bergonzi on sax, Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Steve Hunt on keyboard, Austin McMahon on drums, and, of course, Bruce Gertz on bass.

Gertz has been one of the most respected bass player/teachers in the Boston area for decades. His performances and educational clinics have taken him around the world, and he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, Lee Konitz, Cab Calloway, Gary Burton, and many others, including the great Jerry Bergonzi who will perform with Gertz for this concert. Gertz's publications include 22 Contemporary Melodic Studies for Electric Bass, Mastering the Bass, volumes 1 and 2, and Let's Play Rhythm. His recent albums include It Wasn't Me and Reptilian Fantasies. 


Admission: 
$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members

Mrs. Danvers / ECHOREV / Megan Lui

Thursday / September 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
ECHOREV

ECHOREV is an international trio that blends three unique voices into one. Johnny Nicholson, Jörn Bielfeldt, and Ann Driscoll craft a new breed of indie rock: electrified folk songs propelled by organic electro-beats. ECHOREV’s debut release, Find North (September 2011, Monkey Rock Records), and their upcoming tour will take you on a journey from the light into the darkness and back again.

Also performing: Mrs. Danvers and Megan Lui.

Admission: 
$10, $5 students, general admission

Rhythm of the Universe: Massachusetts Remembers

Sunday / September 11, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Hatch Shell, Boston
Boston
MA
United States

Rhythm of the Universe will perform as part of the 9-11 memorial event Massachusetts Remembers, on Boston's Esplanade. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Massachusetts Remembers will be a tribute to the United States and the heroes and the fallen of that tragic day. American servicemen and -women who have served or are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will also be honored. The two-hour tribute will include readings, poems, prayers and a time for reflection and remembrance. There will be a special musical program by Rhythm of the Universe, the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble, and Boston Children's Chorus.

Rhythm of the Universe (ROTU) started as a music collaboration project at Berklee College of Music. Within weeks of its inception, it brought together musicians from more than 90 different countries. Driven by common goals—to promote the idea of unity and the universal value of music education—the members came together to write a song.

The song "Rhythm of the Universe," composed by ROTU founder/Turkish producer Emir Cerman and led by Italian conductor Simone Scazzocchio, takes the audience on a musical journey around the world—from the primal sounds of Africa to the electrifying rhythms of rock, reggae, and jazz; through the vibes of the Middle East and Asia to the familiar pulse of classical, pop, hip-hop, and reggaeton. The universal language of music orchestrates a creative dialogue between representatives of more than 90 countries while incorporating technology as a tool to further extend its purpose.

Now a Boston-based company, ROTU is a global collaboration platform that unites the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of people around the world. Its crossroads of performing arts and technology aim to create new networks between nations, cultures, and generations. And it all begins with one question: "What if everyone became a musician?"

Experience more at rotuonline.com.

 

Admission: 

Community Auditions: Star of the Day

Sunday / September 18, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Be a part of our live studio audience and have a say in who you think should be the next Star of the Day! Ramiro from JAM'N will be there hosting all day. He will be joined by Melissa from JAM'N, JJ Wright from WODS, Charlie Farren from FBI, Jessica from 92 PRO FM and many others. Tamar St. Julien, our 2010 Grand Champion, will be there to perform with the Community Audition All-Stars that day also. Come see the best talent throughout New England compete to be the next Star of the Day.

This is a free event and open to the public.  The competition will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the audience may come and go throughout the day.

Admission: 

Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of NY

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 12:50 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of N.Y

This dance company was named Chief Joseph Chatoyer to honor the legacy of a brave Garifuna man who fought fiercely against the Europeans' influence in defense of the Garifunas' territories.

It was founded by Felix Gamboa in December 2008. Gamboa was born in Honduras and came to the United States at the age of 16. Gamboa never disconnected himself from his culture and traditions, and, to help others do the same, he welcomes everyone and anyone who's interested to deepen their knowledge about who they are.

The Garifuna are a combination of West African, Indian Arawaks, and Carib natives that were exiled from their motherland of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on March 11, 1797, to the Island of Roatan, Honduras, where they arrived on April 12 of the same year.

Despite the experience of intense physical hardship and strong acculturation pressures, the Garifuna maintain a distinct identity embodied in their unique language, religion, and tradition. They have been able to maintain their language, their identity as Garinagu (plural for Garifuna), and most of all their infectious and mesmerizing music, which Gamboa proudly exposes to all eyes and ears.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Dave Samuels

For over a decade, Dave Samuels has been performing and recording with his group the Caribbean Jazz Project whose most recent CD, Afro Bop Alliance, serves notice that the CJP is among the most thoroughly inventive Latin jazz ensembles of this or any era. The album received a Latin Grammy and was also nominated for a Grammy. Previous CDs—Her and Now—Live in Concert and Birds of a Feather were nominated for Best Latin Jazz Recording. Their recording The Gathering won the Grammy in 2003 for Best Latin Jazz Recording. Some of his other recording projects include Remembrances, a percussion recording that features a commissioned marimba concerto for chamber orchestra and soloist composed by Jeff Beal, and Tjaderized—A Tribute to Cal Tjader (Verve) that features contributions from some of Cal's former bandmates Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Clare Fischer, Ray Barretto, Michael Wolff, and Karl Perazzo as well as performances by Dave Valentin and David Sanchez.

David Samuels will perform with Alain Mallet, Mark Walker, and Lincoln Goines at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Andrea Capozzoli

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 3:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120

Vocalist, trumpet player, songwriter, and producer Andrea Capozzoli is a force to be reckoned with on the modern music scene. Named 2004 Female R&B Artist of the Year at the New York International Music Festival, the Berklee faculty member has gained great acclaim for her powerful energetic performances.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Capozzoli got an early start as a professional musician, studying vocals with the likes of Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), Kevin Mahogany, and Maureen Budway. She has opened for the likes of Steely Dan, Sister Sledge, and Jessica Simpson, and shared the stage with Slide Hampton, Bernard Purdie, and Eric Kloss, among many others. She recently had the honor of performing for President Barack Obama. 

Admission: 
Free

The Jazz Urbane featuring Joey Blake, directed by Bill Banfield, with special guest Grace Kelly

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 2:15 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
The Jazz Urbane

Award-winning guitarist and composer Banfield—a Berklee professor and director of the college's Africana Studies program—performs contemporary jazz with his band.

Jazz Urbane is a contemporary music movement that infuses jazz with great R&B songwriting, melodies, grooves, and style. It's not really a "new movement," but a new configuration of a mindset: mature, sophisticated, and creative artistry that provides a groove anyone can feel. 

Admission: 
Free admission

Rajdulari

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 1:05 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Rajdulari

The lead voice for many of New England's eclectic world, jazz, and funk groups, Rajdulari hails from Boston and is a 10-year veteran of the local performance scene. Her credits include such venues as jazz clubs Regattabar, Ryles, and Scullers as well as the Emerson Majestic Theater, Hynes Convention Center, and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. 

Rajdulari, a Berklee alumna, has worked with composers Walter Robinson, David Zoffer, and James Stewardson, and is featured on many compilations along such performers as award-winning pianist George W. Russell. 

Rajdulari has performed as a member of the eight-piece, all-female world music band Zili Misk, the David Zoffer Differential, Guy Mendilow, and currently with her own band, the Rajdulari Jazz Project. 

Admission: 
Free

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