Concert

Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio

Sunday / September 30, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bela Fleck

Genre-busting, Grammy Award–winning banjo player Béla Fleck is considered by many the premier banjo player in the world. He is the winner of 14 Grammy Awards, and has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history. Hear Béla’s latest project as he reveals the jazz side of his multiple musical personalities in brilliant collaboration with the Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, with Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, and known around the world for their signature, virtuosic trio style. The trio reciprocates by visiting Béla’s more traditional musical geography.

Admission: 
$39,$34, $29, reserved seating

Italian Jazz Night

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert celebrating Italian culture and featuring composers and musicians from Italy. Lead by saxophonist, composer, and Berklee Global Jazz Institute managing director Marco Pignataro, the group will also include Berklee Italian faculty members and very special guests from Italy such as the world renowned bassist Riccardo Del Fra and jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella. 

 

 

Italian Jazz Night at Berklee

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert celebrating Italian culture and featuring composers, music, and musicians from Italy. The group will include Berklee Italian faculty members and two very special guests from Italy and France: the world renowned legend of European jazz bassist Ricardo Del Fra and the extraordinary jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella.

Riccardo Del Fra, born in Rome in 1956, is a multitalented musician: a double bass player, arranger, and composer. Del Fra played alongside Chet Baker for nine years both in Europe and Japan on tours, for the radio and for the television; a collaboration which led to the recording of twelve albums, videos and the movie Chet's Romance, directed by Bertrand Fèvre. At the beginning of the 1980s, Riccardo Del Fra settled in Paris where he joined a very active rhythm section with the pianist Alain Jean-Marie and the drummer Al Levitt, while at the same time continuing to play with Chet Baker and the pianist Michel Graillier. In the 1990s the trombone player and composer Bob Brookmeyer, whose composition classes Del Fra had taken in Cologne, invited him to join his quartet. They toured together and recorded the album Paris Suite which won the Prix de l'Académie du Jazz in 1994. In September 2004, Del Fra was named head of the department of Jazz and Improvised Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2003, Del Fra was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication.

Italian pianist and composer Teo Ciavarella has played concerts with jazz musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez, Jeff Berlin Paolo Fresu, Hiram Bullock, Greg Yasinisky, Antonello Salis, Fabrizio Bosso, Dhafer Youssef, Stefano Di Battista, and many others. Ciavarella has also toured with theater companies and composed music for theater productions, television, and radio programs. He has performed in various international jazz arts festivals such as Umbria Jazz, Urbino Jazz, Le Grande Parade Du Jazz de Nice, Festival Jazz de Samois-Fontainebleau, Comacchio Jazz, Festival de Rouen and many others. Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader, including Halfway, Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, and recorded live in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin. In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. In 2003, he received the Live Jazz for Life award by ANT Italia. Ciavarella has been teaching jazz piano at the Convervatorio Frescobaldi in Ferrara since 2006, and since 2007, he has been teaching jazz piano at the Conservatorio G.B.Martini in Bologna. 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Mike Stern Jazz/Rock Guitar Concert

Tuesday / August 21, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A jazz/rock guitar concert featuring Mike Stern, with Janek Gwizdala on bass and Lionel Cordew on drums.

Admission: 
Free

Nneka / Emily Elbert

Saturday / October 20, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nneka

If not a musician, Nneka might have made an excellent investigative journalist or perhaps a philosopher. In truth, both disciplines embody her art.

She uses triumphant brass and uplifting reggae rhythms illuminate her journey into the heart of darkness and an uncertain future. "My Home," featured on her album, is about her quest and searching for a place in life to feel comfortable, not knowing where to go. In the end, realizing there is actually no peace on earth until you accept that both bad and good is part of life. Nneka's songs may begin with personal experiences and homegrown sentiments, but global appeal imbues her music and its message, to transcend both the geographic and aesthetic boundaries.

Emily Elbert first fell in love with guitar when she was 14. Electrified, she dove into writing, singing, performing, and recording, and set her sights on attending Berklee College of Music. She soon landed a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation’s jazz ensemble, and was awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Now the recent Berklee graduate has played over 500 shows internationally, released three independent albums of original material, and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Admission: 
$10 advanced, $12 day of show

Berklee City Music Scholarship 20th Anniversary Concert

Tuesday / August 7, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$10 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $15 day of show. Reserved seating.

Snarky Puppy / Alison Wedding

Tuesday / October 2, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Snarky Puppy

With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD Tell Your Friends, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. 

The three-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group ("Best Jazz Act" 2008, 2009, 2010) fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical—or most carefree—of audiences. Cicily Janus, in her seminal 2010 book The New Face of Jazz, interviewed band leader Michael League about Snarky's adventurous, yet traditionally respective, tact called the group "one of the most inventive in sound and funk since Maynard Ferguson's fusion years."

The core of the group, which remains consistent, based now in Brooklyn features Grammy Award-winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Led by award-winning bassist/composer Michael League, Snarky Puppy delivers raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.

Also taking the stage is Alison Wedding, who started her music career at age two, singing for family and friends in the living room. She has never looked back, earning a jazz degree from the world-famous University of North Texas, winning numerous awards (Bell Award for Best Australian Vocal Jazz Album, Gibson-May Award at the London International Vocal Jazz Competition) and performing with artists like Gerry Mulligan and Andy Summers (the Police). Three albums later, Wedding still has a deep passion for teaching voice and improvisation and is an associate professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her new album, This Dance, featuring special guests Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, and Theo Bleckmann, has just been released on the brand new label, GroundUP Music (Ropeadope Records).

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $25 for both Snaky Puppy shows.

Admission: 
$15 in advanced, $18 day of, $25 for both shows

Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 3:30 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
Carter Playground
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington has recorded an ensemble CD with some of the world's top musicians, performing music that celebrates different aesthetics in music and in life. The Mosaic Project is a celebration of female artists with Carrington being joined by some of today's most celebrated female instrumentalists and vocalists in the world—"women with voices"—coming together to support and celebrate each other from a musical and social perspective.

Admission: 
Free

Lalah Hathaway

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
Carter Playground
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Lalah Hathaway

Born to R&B and soul music royalty, most people know Lalah Hathaway simply as the daughter of late soul music legend Donny Hathaway, but there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, the Berklee graduate's career has spanned two decades. Twenty-one years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive. Hathaway understands who she is as an artist and continues to remain consistently true to her vision in song and lyric.

Admission: 
Free

Hey Rim Jeon and Friends Featuring Robin Eubanks

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 2:15 p.m.
Subaru of New England Stage
Columbus Avenue and Benton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Hey Rim Jeon

Born in Seoul, Korea, pianist, composer, and educator Hey Rim Jeon brings her unique brand of Korean-influenced jazz fusion to the 2012 Berklee Beantown Jazz festival. In addition to the premier talent of Grammy Award winner Robin Eubanks on trombone, Berklee professor Greg Hopkins on trumpet, associate professor John Lockwood on  bass, and assistant chair of percussion Yoron Israel on drums, the afternoon concert will feature an exciting collaboration with Oori, a traditional Korean drum and percussion ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

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