Concert

BGJI Jazz Masters Series ft. Terri Lyne Carrington

Wednesday / February 15, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is proud to present this series of concerts featuring some of world's most talented emerging artists. Each of these concerts will be dedicated to the music of the artist in residence the group is working with at that time. Tonight's program will feature Terri Lyne Carrington and her music.

Drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington gained recognition on late night TV in the late '80s as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the '90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, Carrington released a Grammy-nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, and Patrice Rushen, among others. Her production collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, and Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games, "Always Reach for Your Dreams." After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she recently returned to her hometown, where she was appointed professor in the Percussion Department at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
$20

Elizaveta

Tuesday / January 24, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Elizaveta

New York–born, Russian-raised Elizaveta is about to take the world by storm with her debut EP set for release on Universal Republic on September 27. Her lead single, "Dreamer," serves as the perfect introduction to this classically trained pianist, opera singer, and long-time lover of pop music.

From Bach to Björk and everything in between, Elizaveta's world is created upon a fusion of opera, electronic beats, piano hooks, and pop melody. An ambitious endeavor it may seem, but one at which this multi-instrumentalist chanteuse and composer definitely succeeds, as she mixes up her very own heady brew of genres, echoing sensibilities not unlike those belonging to Queen's own (former opera singer) Freddie Mercury.

Recently, the songstress completed recording with the reputable multi-Grammy Award–winner and producer Greg Wells (Adele, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry, Elton John) who helped Elizaveta hone in on her unique vision and style.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Italo Cunha and the Mates

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Italo Cunha and the Mates present exciting original music.

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Julian Lage Trio

Saturday / December 31, 2011 / 8:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Lage

For New Year's Toast of the Nation NPR concert broadcast, Julian Lage will be joined by two of his newest collaborators, the jazz virtuosos Larry Grenadier on bass and Eric Harland on drums. 

Hailed by All About Jazz as "a giant in the making," 2008 Berklee graduate Julian Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on three projects: Generations (2004), Next Generation (2005), and Common Ground (2010). Following his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut, Sounding Point, Lage's latest release is the evocative and finely wrought Gladwell.   

The concert will be heard domestically on more than 200 NPR affiliate stations, on Sirius XM Radio, and around the world on NPRmusic.org and on NPR Worldwide.

Admission: 
$18

Manami Morita Plays First Night Boston

Saturday / December 31, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Manami Morita

Fun, endearingly off-kilter jazz pianist Manami Morita, a 2008 Berklee grad, performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m. Jazz.com said, "a Japanese dynamo . . . sophisticated beyond her years, with a steady, lilting groove." Morita is joined in her longtime trio by fellow Berklee alumni Zak Croxall on bass and Tom Hartman on drums.

Admission: 
$18

Art of the Duo: Favorite Songs III

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Art of the Duo is a spontaneous collection of music rooted in the jazz tradition presented by pianist Douglas Johnson and vocalist Lisa Thorson. No charts, no lyric sheets, just our favorite songs played with a spirit of adventure.

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Tre Corda

Monday / January 30, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blending composition and improvisation in new and exciting ways, Tre Corda features "chamber jazz" music written and arranged by all members of the trio: pianist Tim Ray, cellist Eugene Friesen, and trumpeter Greg Hopkins.

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The Zodiac Trio Presents the Boston New Music Project

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Zodiac Trio—Vanessa Mollard (violin), Kliment Krylovskiiy (clarinet), and Riko Higuma (piano)—perform music of Berklee faculty, students, and guests including Margaret McAllister, Andrew List, Francine Trester, Larry Bell, John McDonald, and Berklee students.

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Running Back, Act II

Monday / January 30, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A staged reading of Running Back, Act II, music and lyrics by professor Michael Wartofsky, book and lyrics by award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley. A dramatic comedy for four African-American actors about a football legend at the top of his game who shocks the world by proposing marriage to his boyfriend on national television.

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Tubby Love / Eric Robertson / Liz Longley

Saturday / December 31, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Modern Theatre
525 Washington Street
Boston
MA
United States
02111
Liz Longley

Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul. The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The duo is currently working on its debut album Animals to Angels, a soulful expression of man's coming to consciousness. Love has performed at the Life is Good Festival, Blackwater Music Festival, and with bands Spiritual Rez and Dub Apocalypse. Robertson took last semester off from Berklee to tour for the U.S. State Department in Southeast Asia with his Earth Stringband.

In the short time since her graduation from Berklee in 2009, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled quite an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Longley has quickly built a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Her ever-expanding fan base is not the only group to acknowledge her talent. In 2010 alone, she took home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country: the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

While Berklee and First Night have collaborated on New Year's concerts in prior years, New Year's Eve 2011 marks the first year that Berklee, 91.9 WUMB and First Night will work together on a concert broadcast.  

Admission: 
$15

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