Concert

Sons of Daughters

Thursday / July 21, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Sons of Daughters

Everybody's mother is somebody's daughter, brother. Dig? Sons of Daughters features Berklee alumni Devin Drobka and Aaron Darrell as well as New School for Jazz alumnus and John Coltrane Foundation scholarship winner Patrick Breiner.

The members of this trio have performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Greg Osby, Ches Smith, Becca Stevens, and Dave Stryker, among others. They tour the East Coast and Midwest regularly and collectively have graced the stages of Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Yoshi's, Smalls Jazz Club, the JVC Jazz Festival, and many other stages in the United States and Europe.

Sons of Daughters was born through an unlikely union. Having heard for months of young guns Darrell and Drobka, Breiner traveled from his home in Madison, Wisconsin to Milwaukee in May of 2010 for a one-nighter at the Jazz Estate. He showed up a half-hour late and the band was already knee-deep in an epic performance of "Autumn Leaves." Breiner stepped on stage to take a solo before the rest of the band even realized he had shown up. He didn't meet the bass player and drummer until the set break.

Soon after, Darrell moved to Boston to complete a degree at Berklee and Drobka moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a failed actor turned singing waiter on rollerskates in midtown (done aaaaand. . . done). Breiner stayed put in Madison where he continued to undermine the lounge jazz scene one gig at a time.

This trio of brilliant young improvisers plays incendiary originals and reaches deep into the pantheon of jazz classics in order to deliver telepathy-laced shang-a-lang that transcends its geographical limitations.

Admission: 
Free

Vaughnette

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
Vaughnette

It isn't hard to believe how quickly audiences sit up and take notice whenever Vaughnette takes center stage and starts to sing. Her rich, warm, earthy tones caressingly draw you in, as she delivers effortlessly on some of the most timeless standards and ballads. When it comes to jazz, Vaughnette fits right into the groove. It is, after all, the music that deeply inspires her.

Hailing from La Brea in the south of Trinidad, Vaughnette debuted on the jazz circuit at the Steelpan and Jazz Festival, performing as a guest vocalist with virtuoso pannist Len "Boogsie" Sharpe. She next graced the stage later that same year at the San Fernando Jazz Festival, appearing with visionary Carlton Alexander and the Coalpot Band. Audiences at the Sando Jazz were also treated to her performances alongside Botswanan flugelhorn player Socca Moruakgomo. Many still recall her sunny session at Jazz on the Beach, Tobago, which kept her audience buzzing long after she had left the stage. Clearly, this La Brea lady was developing an impressive fan base!

Never one to take her talent and artistry for granted, Vaughnette continued to perfect her craft, studying voice and jazz performance with some of music's finest. Her focus and hard work paid dividends in 2008 when she became one of few Caribbean nationals ever to be awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Fast forward to 2010, and Vaughnette is heaping praise on individuals like Gabrielle Goodman and Janice Pendarvis (Berklee College) and Dominique Eade (New England Conservatory) for guidance in taking her vocal abilities to the next level. Her list of appearances keeps growing as she showcases her vocal mettle.

With vocals evoking a distinct Caribbean charisma and a personality that embraces you like a longtime friend, Vaughnette continues to charm her listeners wherever she performs. When she isn't weaving her magic on stage, Vaughnette works as an occupational health and safety professional at a petroleum company.

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Scheinin Band

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jesse Scheinin Band

Saxophonist Jesse Scheinin is looking for something new. Music that sounds and feels like 2010, but that has the energy and spontaneity of '60s jazz—Sigur Ros meets Coltrane—is the goal. His songs are about dreams, adventures, and growing up. Inspired by the magical realism of authors Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, and Jorge Luis Borges, they try to bring listeners into a state of fantasy. Having been mentored by Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, and Billy Harper, Scheinin is completing his studies at Berklee.

At 21, he has performed with many top artists, including Jack DeJohnette, Matt Wilson, and Louie Bellson, and has already led his band at venues like the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Chris's Jazz Café, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Club Passim, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. A Jesse Scheinin Band show is an event: big energy, big melodies, and total spontaneity. It's serene and raw and filled with theatricality; it's electric.

Admission: 
Free

Craig Hlady

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty member Craig Hlady leads a quartet performing some of his original compositions in a mix of jazz, blues, and fusion. He will be joined by pianist David Ramsay and Berklee faculty members Dave Clark on bass and Casey Scheuerell on drums.

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Eric Robertson

Wednesday / July 13, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eric Robertson

Mandolinist Eric Robertson attended high school at the Weaver Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts in Greensboro, North Carolina and recently graduated from Berklee. At Berklee, he developed his passion for songwriting and mandolin playing, and in his explorations found connections between R&B and country music. Robertson’s love of performing resulted in the formation of his band, the Boston Boys.

In addition to touring internationally with various folk, traditional, and world music projects, Robertson collaborates with rising singer-songwriters Emily Elbert, Tubby Love, and Jenna Belle. Robertson’s debut album is entitled Listen and is available on iTunes.

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Scheinin Band

Sunday / July 10, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Jesse Scheinin Band

Saxophonist Jesse Scheinin is looking for something new. Music that sounds and feels like 2010, but that has the energy and spontaneity of '60s jazz—Sigur Ros meets Coltrane—is the goal. His songs are about dreams, adventures, and growing up. Inspired by the magical realism of authors Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, and Jorge Luis Borges, they try to bring listeners into a state of fantasy. Having been mentored by Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, and Billy Harper, Scheinin is completing his studies at Berklee.

At 21, he has performed with many top artists, including Jack DeJohnette, Matt Wilson, and Louie Bellson, and has already led his band at venues like the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Chris's Jazz Café, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Club Passim, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. A Jesse Scheinin Band show is an event: big energy, big melodies, and total spontaneity. It's serene and raw and filled with theatricality; it's electric.

Admission: 
Free

Mario Jose

Saturday / July 23, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mario Jose

San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose has been singing and performing since he was just a little guy. Jose is 21 years old and recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There is no doubt about it—this boy was born to entertain.

After graduating high school in 2006, Jose headed to Southern California to attend Fullerton College, where he attained a solid base of classical and jazz vocal techniques while studying under Brandon Brack, Jamie Shew, and John Tebay, and performing in venues ranging from the Orange County Performing Arts Center to Knotts Berry Farm.

At Berklee, Jose performed all over Boston. He was in Pitch Slapped, a student-run a cappella group that won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella contest this spring. He also performed in numerous big-stage shows at the college including Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase; Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind and Fire with special guest Philip Bailey; The Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown; Encore Gala; Berklee Meets Don Was featuring Don Was; and Singers Showcase.

Jose plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He would like to thank his family, friends, and fans for their undying love and support.

 

Admission: 
Free

Mario Jose

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mario Jose

San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose has been singing and performing since he was just a little guy. Jose is 21 years old and recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There is no doubt about it—this boy was born to entertain.

After graduating high school in 2006, Jose headed to Southern California to attend Fullerton College, where he attained a solid base of classical and jazz vocal techniques while studying under Brandon Brack, Jamie Shew, and John Tebay, and performing in venues ranging from the Orange County Performing Arts Center to Knotts Berry Farm.

At Berklee, Jose performed all over Boston. He was in Pitch Slapped, a student-run a cappella group that won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella contest this spring. He also performed in numerous big-stage shows at the college including Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase; Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind and Fire with special guest Philip Bailey; The Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown; Encore Gala; Berklee Meets Don Was featuring Don Was; and Singers Showcase.

Jose plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He would like to thank his family, friends, and fans for their undying love and support.

 

Admission: 
Free

Megan Lui

Tuesday / June 7, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Megan Lui

Reared in a hidden valley outside of Sacramento, California, now residing in the barren, frozen lands of Boston, Megan Lui resonates a soulful electric folk sound.
With her most recent EP, Wandering Bones, tightly bound to her belt, she is making her way around the East Coast with a collective from Monkey Rock, a local music community of songwriters, artists, and friends. Download the six-song EP for free.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee World Jazz Octet

Thursday / June 2, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street
Washington DC
DC
United States
20001
Berklee World Jazz Octet

Berklee's renowned ensemble features students from Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Israel, and the United States. Directed by Alain Mallet and Jamey Haddad.

With unique instrumentation including voice, violin, reeds, a rhythm section, and students hailing from the world over and the U.S., the octet's rich, improvised music reflects the musical and cultural diversity of its members.

The ensemble is also an intensive course at Berklee, team-taught by pianist Alain Mallet (Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Madeleine Peyroux, Phil Woods) and percussionist Jamey Haddad (James Taylor, Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Winter). The band performs compositions by Mallet, current ensemble members, and Berklee alumni.

 

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