Concert

Tuffus Zimbabwe

Sunday / August 14, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Jazz at the Fort
Fort Avenue
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Tuffus Zimbabwe

Tuffus Zimbabwe is a pianist and composer from the Roxbury area of the city of Boston. He comes from a rich background of artists and musicians, most notably the jazz and classical musical genius Edmund Jenkins.

Zimbabwe, a versatile composer and master musician in his own right, started piano lessons at the early age of 5. His parents, armed with knowledge of their rich musical heritage, made it a point to provide him with substantial musical exposure. He began by studying classical piano, which he did for roughly two decades. At the age of 12 he explored gospel music with a local church choir.

In his early teens, Zimbabwe joined Berklee College of Music's City Music Program, where he began his formal training in jazz. Here is where his skills and talents as a musician matured. The program offered him a laboratory to develop his compositions and a forum to perform with his peers. At 18, he received the prestigious Walter Beasley Award, won the songwriting competition at Berklee's Five-Week Summer Program, and was subsequently awarded the full-tuition City Music Continuing Scholarship to study in Berklee's undergraduate program (class of '05). Here he dual-majored in music business and film scoring while engaging in extensive studies in composition and performance.

In 2007 Zimbabwe continued his education, earning his master of music degree in jazz studies from New York University ('09), where he studied with master musicians such as Stefon Harris and Gil Goldstein to name a few. Zimbabwe was also honored as a recipient of the prestigious Barney Josephson Award for Excellence in Jazz.

Zimbabwe has maintained an active practice as a music educator, teaching for two years at NYU as Jazz Studies adjunct faculty, as well as in numerous youth programs including the Berklee City Music Program, Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy, and presently the Piano Outreach of New York (PONY). Zimbabwe is also musical director for youth service at the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Newark.

Zimbabwe currently works as a keyboardist in the Saturday Night Live Band on NBC. He also works in a number of bands such as Ron Reid's Sunsteel and Jovol Bell's Reality. He has performed in several festivals and venues across the United States. 

Admission: 
Free

The Jazz Urbane

Sunday / August 14, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Jazz at the Fort
Fort Avenue
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Jazz Urbane

The Jazz Urbane is a contemporary music movement that embraces and infuses jazz with great R&B songwriting, melodies, grooves, and style. It's not really a "new movement," but a new configuration of mindset. The idea, both philosophically and as a demographic, is to share artistry that is mature, sophisticated, and creative, while providing a groove that anyone can feel. The result is a progressive cultural musical response: the Jazz Urbane.

Admission: 
Free

Christoph Huber Quartet

Monday / August 8, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Christoph Huber

Born in Aarau, Switzerland, Christoph Huber was the son of a professional pianist, composer, and arranger. After starting out with recorder and Swiss melodeon, he began taking lessons on drums at 8 and tenor saxophone at 9 with the Polish saxophonist and clarinetist Witek Kornacki. His first public appearances as an improviser were at the age of 11. From 2004 to 2009 he studied with former Berklee faculty member Fritz Renold and regularly participated in the annual Jazzaar Concerts in Aarau, where he had the opportunity to perform with and learn from artists like Christian Jacob, Buster Williams, Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum, Barry Lee Hall Jr., Tommy Smith, Donny McCaslin, Tierney Sutton, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, the Whitney Houston Rhythm Section, Steve Reid, Tom Garling, Gildas Bocle, and many more. In addition to his practice as a performer, Huber is also developing his skills as a composer and arranger for different musical formations and instrumentations. He's currently attending Berklee on a scholarship, studying with Ed Tomassi.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Subaru of New England Stage
United States
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

The members of the ensemble are all enrolled in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. World-renowned pianist Danilo Pérez serves as its artistic director.

The program's directed study classes and seminars are designed to help the students build a community of creativity. Classes include Introduction to Global Jazz, focusing on the development of jazz from Africa to Europe and the Americas; Global Jazz Workshop Assembly, offering a forum for artists-in-residence and presentations from the Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments; and Creative Improvisation Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration, exploring the creative process and the connection between jazz and performing and visual arts, including painting and dance. 

Experiential and service learning are also be integral to the program. Explained Marco Pignataro, managing director for the BGJI, "They've been given this great musical talent. We'll teach that as artists, they are responsible to positively affect their communities." In addition to playing with and being mentored by jazz masters, the students travel together to play at festivals in Panama, Puerto Rico, and other places, and record original material in the studio. They give back to the community by working with children, and teaching music locally through Berklee's City Music program and in other cities during institute performance trips. Students develop the skills needed to become role models for a new generation of musicians and inspire leadership in others.

Admission: 
Free

Tallahassee / Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons / The Milkman's Union

Friday / August 12, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Boston's Tallahassee is without a doubt the only band fronted by a former NFL offensive lineman who gave up that life to pursue music. They merge indie, rock, and Americana to create delicately arranged songs of place and introspection. The band blends traditional banjo, upright bass, and vintage acoustic guitars with driving electric rock instruments to deliver a raw and powerful performance. Tallahassee brings together familiar feelings of home and comfort to the listener with an edge and sound that is all their own. In April 2011, they released a full-length album, Jealous Hands.

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons is an American band that began in Providence in 2005. In the center of this revolving cast of musicians, songwriter Joe Fletcher remains at the helm of this country blues-based outfit while still playing many solo acoustic shows throughout the land every year. Known best for their thrilling live show, the Wrong Reasons have shared the stage with many of their favorite acts including Deer Tick, Robert Earl Keen, the Low Anthem, and These United States. 

The Milkman's Union hails from Portland, Maine. Their music lands on the folk end of the indie rock spectrum, mixed with beautiful melodies and dramatic chord progressions. Their influences include the experimental pop rock of Deerhoof and the melancholy nature of Radiohead and Grizzly Bear.

Admission: 
$8

Singer-Songwriter Winners' Showcase

Friday / August 5, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents the Singer-Songwriter Winners' Showcase.

Admission: 
Free

Singer-Songwriter Winners' Showcase

Tuesday / August 2, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Peformance Program presents the Singer-Songwriter Winners' Showcase.

Admission: 
Free

Singer-Songwriter Winners' Showcase

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents the Singer-Songwriter Winners' Showcase.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Brazilian Music

Tuesday / August 2, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty member Fernando Brandão. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including Brazilian music.

1:30 p.m. Fernando Brandão: Brazilian Instrumental

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

 

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JinHwan Song: Gae Funk

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz and funk music performed by student JinHwan Song.

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