Concert

Students of Vadim Neselovskyi: Finding Your Voice Part 2

Monday / December 17, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

One of the most important challenges that every musician has to deal with at different stages of artistic development is finding his/her own personal voice. Achieving this is not an easy task, and composition might be the most effective tool to come closer to what might become your sound, your personal touch. For this concert, Vadim Neselovskyi encouraged students to prepare their original compositions.

Admission: 
Free

Musical Theater Workshop

Monday / December 17, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Members of the Musical Theater Workshop perform in a program of famous scenes and numbers from the world of musical theater.

Admission: 
Free

Piano Department Student Recital

Monday / December 17, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The Piano Department's second-year performance majors come together for a recital featuring some of their favorite songs, led by faculty pianist Laszlo Gardony. 

Admission: 
Free

Piano Department Student Recital

Wednesday / December 19, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The Piano Department's second-year performance majors come together for a recital featuring some of their favorite songs, led by faculty pianist Laszlo Gardony (part 2).

Admission: 
Free

Henrique De Almeida Jazz Fusion Quintet

Wednesday / November 7, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

A live jazz fusion performance with Berklee faculty members, plus a local artist guest, as part of the Latin Music and Culture Celebration. An educational performance geared towards Percussion Department students.

Admission: 
Free

Classical Guitarists Among Wolves

Wednesday / December 19, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Students of Apostolos Paraskevas perform together in an ensemble of eight classical guitars, playing a variety of music from Bach to contemporary jazz.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Artist Ensemble: Be-Bop Guitars

Wednesday / December 19, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The Guitar Artist Ensemble: Be-Bop Guitars is a guitar ensemble featuring five of Berklee's best guitar players with rhythm section, featuring arrangements written specifically for the group. The band plays mainstream and contemporary jazz, Latin, and blues grooves.

Admission: 
Free

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Jaleel Shaw

Thursday / February 7, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Jaleel Shaw

New York's WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and NPRmusic proudly present year two of The Checkout - Live at Berklee. Critically acclaimed, New York-based performers return to their Berklee roots and perform for the world from Boston's Cafe 939. Tonight's concert features Jaleel Shaw with Lawrence Fields, Boris Kozlov, and Johnathan Blake.

See the action video streamed live worldwide at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on NPRmusic.org and hear it in New York on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or wbgo.org. You can also listen to every show anytime after its airdate archived at Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.

Alto and soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw is presently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and the Mingus Big Band and has performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, and more. Shaw grew up in Philadelphia, PA, where he was constantly surrounded by music. He picked up the alto saxophone when he was nine and joined a youth jazz band directed by jazz educator Lovette Hines about a year later. In addition to performing with Hines’s band for nearly six years, Shaw also immersed himself in Philly’s local jazz scene, studying and performing with some of the talented musicians that city has historically produced.

Upon graduating from high school, Shaw received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. He attended Berklee for four years and earned a dual degree in music education and performance in 2000. While at Berklee, he received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship for Outstanding Academic and Musical Achievement (1998), two Woodwind Department Chair Awards, the Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and the Boston Jazz Society Award (1999).

After graduation, Shaw received a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he received his master's in jazz performance in May of 2002.

Shaw’s debut CD, Perspective, was released in June 2005 and received rave reviews from Jazzwise Magazine and the New York Times, and was named one of the top five debut CDs of 2005 by All About Jazz Magazine and Jazzwise Magazine. He was also awarded an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his composition “The Heavyweight Champion,” featured on the CD. That same year, Shaw joined the Roy Haynes Quartet, and in 2006 he was featured on Roy Haynes’s Grammy-nominated Whereas recording.

In 2008, Shaw started his own record label, Changu Records, on which he released his second CD, Optimism. That same year, he won another ASCAP Young Composer Award for the composition “The Flipside,” which is heard on Optimism. He was also nominated for "Up and Coming" by the Jazz Journalists Association later that year. Shaw has recently been mentioned in Jazztimes Magazine’s 2011 Readers Poll for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, along with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bunky Green, and Kenny Garrett. 

 

Admission: 
$10 admission, $5 with Berklee ID

Bret Willmott: Bret's Frets

Thursday / December 20, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bret's Frets features some of the most highly rated student performers at Berklee. The ensemble instrumentation includes five guitars with bass and drums. The program presents a variety of styles, including contemporary jazz, Latin, and odd-meter composition. Unique arrangements using unconventional techniques are featured in each selection and provide the background for these talented student performers' improvisational interpretations.

Admission: 
Free

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Dayna Stephens

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Dayna Stephens

New York's WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and NPRmusic proudly present year two of The Checkout - Live at Berklee. Critically acclaimed, New York-based performers return to their Berklee roots and perform for the world from Boston's Cafe 939. Tonight's event features Dayna Stephens with Julian Lage, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and Justin Brown.

See the action streamed live worldwide at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on NPRmusic.org and hear it in New York on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or wbgo.org. You can also listen to every show after its airdate archived at Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.

Internationally renowned saxophonist, composer, and educator Dayna Stephens has been described as a fluid, vigorous soloist with a warm, soulful sound. He has also proven himself a master of composition and arrangement, a highly acclaimed bandleader, and an in-demand sideman for such contemporary jazz masters as Kenny Barron, Idris Muhammad, Taylor Eigsti, and Roy Hargrove.

Watch Dayna Stephens perform live at Berklee for The Checkout:

Stephens releases two new albums in 2012. Today Is Tomorrow (Criss Cross 1345) features Aaron Parks, Mike Rodriguez, and Julian Lage, among others. His third release, That Nepenthetic Place (Sunnyside), features Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, and Gretchen Parlato, among others. His debut, The Timeless Now (Contagious Music 2007), features John Scofield, Eigsti, Ben Street, Eric Harland, and Nick Vayenas; garnered four stars in the November 2007 DownBeat; and climbed to no. 11 on the Billboard jazz charts.

In recent years, Stephens has appeared on stage with numerous major musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Matt Wilson, Carlos Santana, Stefon Harris, Stevie Wonder, Lonnie Smith, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Gretchen Parlato, and many others. Stephens is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

 

Admission: 
$10, $5 with Berklee ID

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