Concert

The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band will present a free public concert for your listening pleasure. An open jam session with the players will follow on Saturday, February 11, 2012, in 150 Mass. Ave., room 114 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for any musicians who would like to sit in. The army band will also be conducting auditions on Sunday, February 12, 2012, through Berklee's Career Development Center.

The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It is composed of members of the Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band, the Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. Though the jazztet performs traditional jazz standards, its primary focus is on new compositions by members of the group. The compositions vary greatly, sometimes paying homage to older styles and sometimes developing an entirely new sound, but always creating a vehicle for improvised solos. The Ambassadors Jazztet has presented clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the United States, addressing such subjects as improvisation, arranging, composition, jazz theory, and practice and performance techniques. Notable performances include the Midwest Clinic, Aspen Summer Music Festival, Iowa Bandmasters Conference, and jazz festivals in Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver, Canada.

Sergeant First Class Andrew Layton, alto saxophone, was raised in Kent, Washington. In high school, he was a member of the nationally acclaimed Kentridge High School Jazz Ensemble. He studied at Berklee College of Music and then received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of North Texas. While attending UNT, he recorded with the One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, and performed with Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, Jim McNeely, Bill Watrous, and Bob Mintzer. SFC Layton is a former member of Pete Peterson's Collection Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and has performed as a freelance artist with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Temptations, Alan Vizzutti, and Ernie Watts.

Sergeant First Class Patrick Shook, tenor saxophone, hails from Colbert, Washington and plays tenor saxophone with the Jazz Ambassadors. He holds a B.M. from the University of Idaho and a M.M. from the University of North Texas. He joined the Jazz Ambassadors in 2004, and is also a member of the Dixieland Band.

Sergeant Major Kevin Watt, trumpet, has been a member of the Jazz Ambassadors since 1991. He has performed with jazz greats Joe Williams, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Arturo Sandoval, Butch Miles, and Bobby McFerrin. In addition to his recent recording with the Jerry Ascione Big Band featuring Marvin Stamm, he was a soloist on several University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band CDs, including the Grammy-nominated CD Best of One O'Clock. SGM Watt's degrees include a master of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and a bachelor of arts in business administration from Hope College. He is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the jazztet.

Sergeant First Class Timothy L. Young, piano, joined the Jazz Ambassadors in 1998 and has been a member of the Jazztet since its inception in 1999. He received his bachelor of arts in jazz studies at Shenandoah University, and toured Japan, China, and Germany with the Shenandoah University Jazz Orchestra. SFC Young earned a master of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas in 1997. He has performed and done clinics with Lou Marini, Charles MacPherson, Steve Swallow, Ray Anderson, "Doc" Cheatham, Mark Tamaro, Vince DiMartino, Clint Strong, Joe La Barbera, and Rebecca Parris.

Master Sergeant Jeff Lopez, bass, recently released his debut recording, The Sun and the Rain. Many of his compositions are well known in and around his native New York, where he has been leading groups since 1985, and also at Berklee College of Music, where Lopez graduated with his bachelor of music. He earned his master of music at the Manhattan School of Music. MSG Lopez has studied with Jaco Pastorius, Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci, Cecil McBee, Jeff Andrews, Mark Egan, and has performed Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Drew Jr., Harold Danko, Dick Oatts, Bernard Purdie, Rick Margitza, Craig Handy, and Uri Caine. MSG Lopez has been with the Jazz Ambassadors since 1995.

Sergeant First Class Todd Harrison, drums, started his professional music career at the age of 14 in Houston, Texas. He quickly became known for his ability to excel at any style of drumming, including all Latin styles, rock, R&B, Broadway shows, country and western, funk, and even Middle Eastern music. After high school, SFC Harrison studied jazz under Shelly Berg at San Jacinto Junior College and classical percussion at Houston Baptist University. He has performed with Paul Gilbert, Clark Terry, Russell Malone, Kirk Whalum, Grupo Mazz, Joel Frahm, Rob Levit, and Unified Jazz Ensemble. SFC Harrison became a member of the Jazz Ambassadors in 1996.

Admission: 

New Musical Theater Excerpts

Thursday / February 2, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

With a cast of student talent, faculty composer/lyricist Michael Wartofsky presents a read-through of scenes and songs from four original musicals he is cowriting: Cupcake, Running Back, Donny Appleseed, and Car Talk: The Musical. The latter two are cowritten and directed by Wesley Savick. Full productions of Cupcake and Car Talk will be presented in May and June at Club Cafe and Central Square Theater, respectively. 

 

Admission: 

Fresh Prospects: Joint Chiefs / Organic Sound Project / No Soap Radio

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

The Fresh Prospect series offers a unique audience listening and viewing experience. This event features performances by the artists Joint Chiefs, Organic Sound Project and No Soap Radio.  The three acts will culminate in an unexpected combination of genres fused together to create an evening of fun for music-lovers of all types.

No Soap Radio is a band that presents careful and rigorous ingenuity in song writing but at the same time brings pure fun and playfulness to the table time and time again. Based in Boston, MA, the band integrates the genres of alternative/indie rock and jazz/R&B to produce a distinct new sound; between incredible instrumentals, powerful vocals, and catchy lyrics, No Soap Radio is emerging as one of Boston's sharpest new bands with a strong local following.

Boston-based musicians, Organic Sound Project have a broad range of influences—rock, jazz, latin, and hip-hop—which combine to create a unique blend of groove tones and pop melodies. The band operates under the credo that, "it is human nature to make art and when individuals put their minds together to create, truly amazing work can emerge." As such, OSP frequently collaborates with other musicians and artists, and at every show it hosts a collective art project to engage the audience that includes an open canvas and paint, face-painting, photography, hoola-hoops, and glow sticks.

Also featuring performances by Joint Chiefs.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Chamberlin / Tall Heights / The Milkman’s Union

Friday / February 10, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chamberlin

Last fall Roll Call Records' Chamberlin unveiled its five track covers EP, aptly titled Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP. The group's latest effort finds the band adding its recognizably laidback flair to some of today's most popular songs by Passion Pit, the Cults, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West/Bon Iver, and Foster the People. Recorded this past summer in its cabin tucked away in Vermont, Chamberlin chose which songs to cover based on fan voting through its official website. 

 

In the summer of 2010, this Boston-based duo, Tall Heights, was playing for spare change in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In the year since, Tall Heights has performed alongside national acts like David Wilcox, Barefoot Truth, and Andrew Belle, and headlined packed houses across New England. They have independently sold over 2,000 copies of their debut album.

 

Also playing is The Milkman's Union.

 

 

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, $12 Day Of

Jazz at the Arsenal: George W. Russell Jr. and Lynette Gittens

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
George W. Russell Jr.

Inspirational jazz pianist George W. Russell Jr.'s performances range from a solo piano, to a groove-oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding ensemble that arouses the listener's intellect and touches the soul. As a composer his music and his harmonic approach to improvisation has jazz enthusiasts everywhere tilting an ear. Russell has shared the stage with a number of legendary jazz artists including George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and many more. His latest self-titled CD places Russell firmly on the radar and solidifies him as a fresh voice for inspirational jazz.

Lynette Gittens is a professional singer and actress with an extensive background in live and recorded performances, community organizing, and outreach via the arts. She has been affiliated with the American Federation for Television and Radio Artists and can be seen in commercials for radio and television. Gittens has performed with local and national theater companies such as North Country Theater, Our Place Theater Project, and City Players. Her work includes voice-overs, commercials, demo recordings, and jingles. She has performed with Michael Buble, John Robinson, Jetro DaSilva, and Elizabeth Withers of Color Purple fame, to name a few. Lead vocalist with Soul of Boston, Gittens has traveled extensively nationally and internationally performing various styles from jazz to gospel as she continues her work in the community as an artists advocate.   


 

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

Crossover Kidz/ Mike Ballz/ A-Lage

Friday / January 20, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Crossover Kidz

Crossover Kidz is musical duo based out of Boston. Both members attend Berklee. Upon music producer Drew Gilbert's, a.k.a. Droobee's, arrival to the college, he was in search of a rapper that he could mold as an artist, and also could cater to his unique and fresh sound. His next-door neighbor, Randy Patterson, soon introduced him to MuZ. There was an instant connection between the two; one that was so strong that MuZ instantly asked Droobee to be his hype man for live shows. The duo found themselves, within days of meeting, producing new tracks and recording songs right out of their dorm room closet. After only weeks of working together, Muz and Droobee established themselves as the Crossover Kidz and begin to plan for live performances around the Boston area.

The two decided that having a live band for performances would benefit them most, rather than the traditional DJ or click track. Thus, their live band Post-War Graduates was formed. After just a few weeks of practice, the Crossover Kidz and PWG held their debut show in the caf at Berklee. The show was a huge success; filling the venue to capacity with more than 200 people in attendance. The Crossover Kidz and Post-War Graduates continue to strive to promote their music and change the overall perception of hip-hop and pop.

Also featuring performances by Mike Ballz and A-Lage.

Admission: 
$10, $5 with student ID

DisGustaFunkaLicious

Wednesday / January 25, 2012 / 10:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

DisGustaFunkaLicious (Christian Saint-Louis, Deshawn Alexander, Joshua Linsky, Stefan Kallandar) is a Boston based R&B funk group. The performance in the Steve Heck Room will include original compositions and covers from Rh Factor, Soulive, Don Blackman, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday / April 3, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra will be premiere John Patitucci's Fantasy on a River Theme for six-string electric bass and orchestra, with the composer as soloist. The program will also feature the BCSO Student Composition Competition score, 8 De Febrero by Vicente Ortiz Gimeno, as well as Berklee composition faculty Jonathan Holland's Halcyon Sun. In honor of John Williams's 80th birthday, selections from Schindler's List and Star Wars will round out the program.  

Admission: 
Free

Tony Germain and Larry Baione

Monday / March 12, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department assistant chair Tony Germain and Guitar Department chair Larry Baione will perform as part of the Piano Monday series. The piano-guitar trio will play several standards and originals in the Bill Evans and Jim Hall style.

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B.I.T.R. Tuesdays

Tuesday / January 31, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening-room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living rooms. 

This B.I.T.R. event features Scarlet Keys, Byron Noemdoe, Ethan Thompson, and a special guest.

This series is free to all students and faculty, and all B.I.T.R. shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Upcoming B.I.T.R. Tuesday dates include:

February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
Free

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