Concert

Alan Benzie Quartet

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Savanna Jazz Club
2973 Mission Street
San Francisco
CA
United States
94110
Alan Benzie Quartet

The Alan Benzie Quartet will alternate sets with the band of guitarist Pascal Bokar at the Savanna Jazz Club, 2937 Mission Street in San Francisco. The group will appear that Thursday morning on Jazz 91 KCSM-FM, on Alisa Clancy's A Morning Cup of Jazz at 9:00 a.m.

The Alan Benzie Quartet is composed of four top scholarship students from Berklee. 

Described early on by leading U.K. jazz critic John Fordham as "a very bright prospect," pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the U.K.'s most exciting young talents. Named BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year at just 17, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, where he has won several high-profile awards, most recently the prestigious 2010/2011 Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship. Benzie's combination of percussive virtuosity and flowing lyricism has earned him widespread critical praise, and he has toured in the last year in France, Hungary, Poland, and the U.K., as well as appearing at the London Jazz Festival. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Joe Locke, and Valery Ponomarev, and has studied with JoAnne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony, Joe Lovano, and Hal Crook.

Trumpeter and composer Aaron Bahr first came to Berklee in 2008 as the Monterey Jazz Festival's 12th Jimmy Lyons Scholar; recipient of a full scholarship presented each year to one student living in the Western U.S. Before beginning at Berklee he was selected for national and regional honors, including the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Bahr has had the pleasure of studying and/or performing with such musicians as Maria Schneider, Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Tiger Okoshi, and Greg Hopkins. He is dedicated to creating music with harmonic and rhythmic interest, without sacrificing beautiful melody.  

Dylan Coleman is a bassist from Townsend, Massachusetts. He studied classical piano at a young age before switching to electric bass to join a local band. After performing in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble in high school, he switched to the double bass and attended Berklee, graduating in May 2010. At Berklee, he studied with John Lockwood, Bruno Raberg, and Oscar Stagnaro, and also won the Norm Nathan Award for Outstanding Musicianship. The love of music and the arts has inspired Coleman to work in a variety of settings, from completely improvised to through-composed, and with dancers, filmmakers, and spoken word. He has had the opportunity to perform throughout his native New England and has toured extensively throughout Europe, where he plans to move to continue his studies.

Jun Young Song is a drummer from Seoul, Korea. From early childhood, he was exposed to his father's classical music collection, and he started studying classical piano at age five. He switched his principal instrument to drum set at 17. In 2003, Jun began his mandatory two years in the Korean military and joined the Army Band as a percussionist, performing at events like the Jeju International Brass Festival and the Wonju Tattoo. At Berklee, he has studied with Darren Barrett, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Ian Froman, Jamey Haddad, Dave Samuels, and Dave Santoro. He also received the Tony Lada Award in May of 2008 and, in 2009, the Zildjian Award for outstanding percussionist at Berklee.

Admission: 
$5

10th Annual Composition Awards Concert

Monday / April 11, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The tenth annual Composition Student Awards Concert will feature chamber music original compositions by Joel Clarkson and Isaac Richardson, both winners of this year's Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall awards, and Arturo Cardelús, winner of this year's Richard Levy Award. Included in the concert will be two pieces by each composer. These student award winners were chosen by the Composition Department faculty.

Admission: 

Percussion Days: Casey Scheuerell - New School, Old School

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Celebrate Percussion Days with professor Casey Scheuerell, (drum set)and guests Dave Limina (Hammond organ), Dino Govoni (saxes), and Bruce Bartlett (guitar) as the quartet present a varied program of jazz styles linking the past with the present.

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Over the Rhine / Daniel Harper

Friday / March 25, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Over the Rhine

The Long Surrender, the new studio album from the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist, otherwise known as Over the Rhine, is something rare and wondrous: an intimate epic.

Daniel Harper hails from Greenville, South Carolina, where he first developed his singer-songwriter skills into his own brand of folk/western meets R&B/soul. His engaging stage presence frequently draws comparisons to legends from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen. Harper also possesses a keen sense for story-telling, reminiscent of Tom Waits or Bob Dylan. He has warmed the rooms of tiny venues and he has captivated a full stadium at Fenway Park. Whether in the studio or on the stage, he consistently charms his listeners, and has developed a rapidly growing fan base in the both the southeastern region and the New England states.

Admission: 
$25

Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE

Saturday / March 19, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
Dayramir Gonzalez

Enjoy a free concert with Berklee student group Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE as part of the MFA Fiesta celebration.

Dayramir Gonzalez began studying piano at the age of 8 in Havana, Cuba. While in high school, he worked professionally with Diakara, created by master percussionist Oscar Valdez. With Habana enTRANCE, he has performed in Cuba, Tenerife, Mexico, and Spain. In 2006 he won the international JoJazz contest and recorded his first album, Dayramir and Habana EnTRANCE, which was released on the Cuban label Colibri. El Pais called him "undoubtedly one of the pianists who lead the ship of the young generation of jazz pianists in Cuba and around the world." Since his arrival at Berklee in September 2010 on a full scholarship, Gonzalez has performed with Larry Harlow, Ignacio Berroa, Eddie Palmieri, Raul Pineda, Jimmy Branly, and Chad Sexton.

Admission: 
Free

Singers Night

Tuesday / March 22, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students in their first through ninth semesters perform and sing in an array of vocal styles, including R&B, pop, and country. Covers and original songs will be presented by students of the Voice Department. Directed by Paul Pampinella. Singers include Tevin Brown, Courtney Halpin, Emily Higgins, Jennifer Hoyt, Sung Huh, Tuuli Ikonen, Daphne Khoo, Dion Ming, Austin Park, Nicky Rood, Lillie Tinsley, and Corbin VanderZalm. The band is Brandon Maclin (drums), Joshua Tyson (bass), Alex Smith and Minsup Shin (guitars), and Joseph Moon and Rod Bonner (keyboards). Background vocalists are Naiquisia Hensey, Parris Frost, and Jonquel Holiday. 

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

The Loomers with the Bleeding Hearts

Wednesday / March 30, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Unbutton the white collar for Executive Sessions—an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives returns for its fourth season.

All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need. This season, we are adding 24-track recording and live web broadcast for all of our shows!

Since the series began in 2008, the stage of Cafe 939 has hosted presidents and CEOs of international corporations, an NBA club-owner, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award–winners, executive producers, philanthropists, board of trustees members. . . . With top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat! The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons. 

The Loomers are returning after their debut at the Encore Gala in October 2010 and their epic Jury Award win in the first Battle of the Executive Bands in 2009. Bringing the original music of Boston Music Award nominee Jon Svetkey, the band transcends trends and generations by playing honest and well-crafted songs with high-voltage live performance. Learn more about the series.

Get your tickets early—all these shows sold out last season in record time. For tickets or more information, call 617 923-8487. For Executive Sessions booking, call 617 747-2941.

Admission: 
$10; free for Berklee students with ID

Farmer in the Dell

Monday / April 11, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

Admission: 

Goin' Buggy

Monday / April 4, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

Admission: 

Wearin' of the Green

Monday / March 21, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

Admission: 

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