Concert

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet will play at the 53th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which features live jazz on multiple stages over three days. This show will be hosted at the Coffee House Gallery at the festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz, and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.

Learn more about the BGJI Septet.

Admission: 
$15.00

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Friday / September 17, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet will play at the 53th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which features live jazz on multiple stages over three days. The group will be laying at the Garden Stage at the festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz, and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.

Learn more about the BGJI Septet.

Admission: 
$15

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Wednesday / September 15, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Various Boston venues
United States

The first college of jazz celebrates the birthplace of jazz as the 10th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival pays tribute to the music and culture of New Orleans five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. From September 15 to 25, world-renowned superstars and popular local acts will perform free and ticketed concerts throughout the city. The 10-day event culminates on Saturday, September 25, in a free outdoor festival on three stages that stretches over six blocks in the South End and brings together people of all ages from every Boston neighborhood, throughout New England, and beyond. Last year's event drew over 80,000, a new festival record.

The festival's largest roster yet includes performances by 30 acts at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Wally's Cafe, Berklee's Cafe 939 and David Friend Recital Hall, and outdoor stages along Columbus Avenue. The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is copresented by Target and sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, WCVB-TV 5, and others. JazzBoston is a festival partner. The festival is also receiving support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call 617 747-2261 or visit beantownjazz.org

"Jazz is one of America's greatest contributions to world culture. Without the music of New Orleans, there is no Berklee," says festival artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington. "So we're celebrating our 10th anniversary by giving Beantown a taste of the Big Easy, with New Orleans music on each stage of the outdoor festival, a traditional jazz band marching up and down Columbus Avenue, delicious Southern cuisine, and activities for the whole family." 

Carrington has assembled a diverse and exciting lineup in her second year as artistic director. Among the highlights are Kurt Rosenwinkel and the Orchestra de Jazz de Matosinhos (9/15, BPC); the Bad Plus (9/17, BPC); the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (9/18, Northeastern University); Robert Glasper (9/23, Regattabar); Danilo Perez (9/23–9/24, Scullers); Paula Cole (9/24, BPC); and Terence Blanchard (9/25, Scullers). 

The crown jewel is the free outdoor festival on Saturday, September 25, from noon to 6:00 p.m. on three stages on Columbus Avenue, starting at Massachusetts Avenue. Top acts include Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, the Jonathan Batiste Trio, Greg Osby and Mark Turner, the Wild Magnolias, Nona Hendryx, the Julian Lage Trio, the Boogaloo Swamis, Rhiannon featuring Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuña, Grace Kelly, Victor Mendoza, and others. 

The Target Family Park returns to transform the Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue into a hub of activity for kids of all ages, with inflatables, rides, face painting, balloons, and an instrument petting zoo staffed with Berklee professionals. More than 80 vendor booths will offer arts, crafts, accessories, and great food representing a variety of countries.

To browse a list of Berklee BeanTown Jazz festival concerts, visit beantownjazz.org.

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The Mark Poniatowski Situation

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join bassist Mark Poniatowski as he celebrates the release of his first CD: The Mark Poniatowski Situation. Poniatowski composed and arranged eight jazz instrumentals for the CD, which features a six-piece band. This performance will feature Walt Platt on trumpet, Jon Garniss on trombone, Kenny Hadley on drums, Joe Mulholland on piano, and Dino Govoni on sax.

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Liberal Arts Faculty Reading

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 4:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Liberal Arts faculty members Ellen Francese, Doug Kohn, and Teodros Kiros will read fiction and nonfiction pieces just published by Bridgeport Word. Come and share in their original works.

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Phil Person: Tribute to the Jazz Icons

Thursday / October 7, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Phil Person leads a quartet in a program of compositions by the icons of jazz.

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Singers Showcase Callback Auditions

Monday / September 20, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Singers Showcase Callback Auditions

This year, for the first time ever, Berklee judges are opening the doors to the final round of auditions for one of the college's most popular events: Singers Showcase. Each vocalist will perform in front of a panel of prestigious Berklee faculty and a live audience—a unique opportunity for aspiring performers to witness the audition experience. After the final audition, the audience will be invited to text their vote, which will be combined with the judges' scores. Be a part of the selection process, hear the judge's critiques, and support your favorite singer as the top vocalists are chosen for the December concert. Results will be announced at the end of the night!

Discounts are available.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Filmprov: <em>Duets</em>

Monday / November 8, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Filmprov (an ever-evolving experiment in the union of film, musical improvisation, poetry, and beyond) presents Duets, an exploration of couplings—musical and visual, vocal and instrumental. Professor Lisa Thorson, vocals; Tim Ray, piano; Mark Harvey, trumpet; professor John Funkhouser, bass; and the animated found objects of Kate Matson's film world engage in a series of joyous, contemplative, and unexpected partnerings.

The film Duets begins and finishes with Zen, a dance of two lines. The rhythmic Fractals jumps in, and the lines whirl through the geometric shapes, absorbing and playing with the primary colors of Fractals. As Zen concludes Fractals takes a new partner in the white and sometimes translucent circles of Dots. And the pairings proceed with the likes of silk, eggs, and some tiny cherubs in a deep green world. Interacting with and exploring these visual pas de deux are four exceptionally talented "Filmprovisers" who will have already wowed the audience with their round of musical duets in the first set.

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Sarah Brindell

Thursday / September 30, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Evolving out of down-tempo funk, pop, and jazz and infused with critical elements of Brazilian rhythms, Sarah Brindell's original music tantalizes the ears through its musical texture, compelling storytelling and palpable soul. Showcasing originals as well as arrangements of tunes by Sting and Freddie Hubbard from her sophomore studio album Dreaming Shoes, Brindell will lead a quintet rhythm section on an inspiring musical journey from beginning to, well, one that you just don’t want to end.

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The H.5 Collective

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The H.5 Collective

The H.5 Collective was born in the late nights of New England Conservatory's dorm life when five friends from all across the country (and even outside of it) decided to give in to their insomnia and jam. It was then that Charles Burchell, Gus Carns, Kimberly Mayo, Parker McAllister, and Aquiles Navarro realized that the ease and fun of their friendship translated to their group sound as well.

All students of jazz at NEC, the H.5 Collective aims to first serve the music's tradition by honoring those who have influenced them most, such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughan, among many others. However, the band is careful not to turn influence into plain plagiarism, and they tastefully mix the heavy influence of "traditional" jazz with the courage to shirk convention and infuse their own voices into the music of their idols.

With sounds as diverse as New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Panama, and Chicago coming together, the results are always exciting. Burchell keeps the music swinging with his powerful, spring-loaded drumsticks. McAllister holds it down with bass lines that blaze both supportively and creatively. Carns inspires dream-like states with piano work pretty enough to paint; Navarro brings Panamanian fire to his bebop-minded trumpet playing; and Mayo sails on top with the earthy, rich singing that invokes the emotion of vocalists from decades past, while staying true to her young, original voice.  This show is part of the Jazz Revelation Records showcase.

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