Nomadic soul-folk songstress Emily Elbert is known for her rhythmic guitar chops, soulful original tunes, and her unique interpretations of classic music. Armed with do-it-yourself passion and a global spirit, the 24-year-old has performed at more than 650 shows throughout the U.S. and around the world, including performances in at least 15 countries.
A native Texan and graduate of Berklee, she has independently released three albums of original material. Elbert's music has won awards in the U.S. and U.K., and she has earned accolades from publications including The Washington Post and Glamour magazine. YouTube videos of her performances have garnered more than 1.5 million views. The Boston Folk Festival raves, "Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if 'upcoming' even applies to this phenom any longer."
Guitarist Alex Labrie's senior recital will feature an eclectic mix of gypsy swing, Latin music, vocal jazz, and R&B/funk. Labrie will lead four different groups in a varied repertoire featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Golson, Chick Corea, Nile Alexander, and Lettuce, among others.
Electropop trio DC Wonder performs songs from its debut album, Limitless. After a schedule of heavy touring on the east coast, DC Wonder is expected to release a new album, Evolve, this summer. The band is comprised of Gene Shinozaki (vocals/guitar), Frank Watkoskey (bass/keyboard), and Lyle Shaw (drums). DC Wonder’s dance-friendly brand of pop music draws on disco and funk influences.
Percussionist and Berklee Ensemble Department Chair Ron Savage leads a concert focusing on exploring the boundaries of the jazz trio in an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz, originals, and jazz standards.
The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is comprised of top-level high school jazz players in the U.S. Featuring award-winning instrumentalists and a vocalist in a jazz big band setting, the ensemble performs classic songs as well as the most cutting-edge contemporary pieces currently being written for jazz orchestras by the finest composers and arrangers.
Berklee community: Free in advance, $4 day-of concert; General public: $12