Performance

Jonah Francese's Thinkin' Big Band

Wednesday / March 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Composer and trumpet player Jonah Francese and his big band present a recital of original music ranging from jazz to hip-hop.

Admission: 
Free

Brian Plautz's Senior Recital

Wednesday / March 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Alto saxophonist Brian Plautz will be joined with his group, Chroma, to present original jazz compositions. Chroma aims to showcase a modern, yet accessible, sound.

Admission: 
Free

Drunken Logic / Midnight Snack / Rocket and the Ghost

Saturday / April 12, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Formed in Boston in early 2012, Drunken Logic has evolved into an eclectic mix of alternative rock, indie folk, classic rock, and tasteful pop, with topical lyrics. Since the release of its debut album, Something New to Burn, less than a year ago, this quintet has rocked AT&T Park in San Francisco, become regular featured performers at Faneuil Hall, and was named RAW:Boston’s Musicians of the Year for 2013. From folky ruminations on growing up to bluesy barn-burners about corporate greed, Drunken Logic creates and reinvents while challenging contemporary culture — and having far too much fun doing it.

Watch Drunken Logic's video for "Something New To Burn" here:

Midnight Snack beats energetically through syncopation-laden, heavily jazz-tinged rock grooves and then floats through a sweet ballad soundscape. These musical extremes are stitched together with passionate lyricism, visceral drum fills, buoyant brass and guitar lines, anchors of interlocking piano chords, and sweeping bass lines. This is one of the few bands that can inspire the audience with poetic images of love, loss, and beauty, while making them dance to the rhythm and soul of it all.

Calling Rocket and the Ghost a “rock band” would be the easiest way to categorize them, but not necessarily the most accurate. They have all the proper elements: thunderous drums, booming bass, the fuzz and wail of two electric guitars, and it’s clear that they enjoy rock 'n' roll music of the '60s and '70s. The arrangements are carefully constructed yet wildly dynamic; the band will whisper in your ear one minute and holler at you from the top of a mountain the next. The band's songs draw as comfortably from 1920s Americana as they do from millennial pop music without losing their fundamental garage grit. At their heart, they are folk songs that tell stories.

Admission: 
$8 general admission

Best of Jazz Composition: Spring 2014

Tuesday / April 22, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

A selection of the best works by jazz composition majors in the spring semester.

Admission: 
free

Zach Giberson: Simple Songs

Monday / March 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Alto saxophonist Zach Giberson presents a recital of simple songs for a quiet exit.

Admission: 
Free

Kangwan Kim's Senior Recital

Friday / March 14, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

In his final recital at Berklee, guitarist Kangwan Kim will perform original tunes in different styles with his band.

Admission: 
Free

Alek Darson's Guitar Mania

Tuesday / March 11, 2014 / 10:00 p.m.
Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Metal guitarist Alek Darson presents a show of material from his debut EP, Panopticon.

Admission: 
Free

Myeonghan Yu Quartet

Thursday / March 27, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Tenor saxophonist Myeonghan Yu and his quartet present a recital that pays homage to Stan Getz and his quartet with vibraphonist Gary Burton.

Admission: 
Free

Jackson FitzGerald's Senior Recital

Tuesday / March 25, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Jackson FitzGerald leads an evening of free improvisation, mixed with a few original tunes and standards, performed by a quartet of Berklee musicians.

Admission: 
Free

Hyejin Cho's Senior Recital

Thursday / March 13, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitarist Hyejin Cho leads a recital of jazz standards with his quartet.

Admission: 
Free

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