Performance

Gregory Groover

Monday / July 3, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
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Regattabar
One Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Gregory George Groover Jr.
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Born into a musical family, Gregory George Groover Jr., is a 23-year-old tenor saxophonist who has possessed a passion for music since age 10. In the fall of 2011 Groover began his studies at Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship. During his studies there, he was selected to perform at many of the concert series at the college in addition to festivals such as the Heineken Jazz Festival, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival. One of his proudest achievements was being accepted into Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute.

In 2015, Groover earned his bachelor of music degree from Berklee and he is currently pursuing his master's degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. At this performance, the Gregory Groover Jr. Quintet will present their most recent project featuring Groover's arrangements of negro spirituals and original compositions. The ensemble recently recorded a new EP that will feature these arrangements and originals and plans on a public release in early 2018.

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Free

Darren Barrett

Sunday / August 6, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Highland Park
20 Fort Ave.
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Darren Barrett
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As part of Jazz at the Fort, critically acclaimed master American jazz trumpeter and bandleader Darren Barrett, also an educator and recording artist, will perform. From Toronto, Canada, Barrett continues to awe and energize audiences with his authoritative execution, infectious music compositions, and unpredictable band formations. Barrett is committed to using his technical prowess and improvisational excellence as a platform to sustain jazz’s rich cultural legacy while instilling a sense of discipline, excellence, and purpose into the next generation of young, great musicians. Barrett continues in the teaching tradition of Art Blakey by affording young and talented musicians an opportunity to share the bandstand with him on stages around the world.
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Free

Tim Ray Trio

Wednesday / July 12, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
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Ramler Park
130 Peterborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Tim Ray
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Perhaps best known as the longtime pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on more 70 recordings to date, Ray has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry, and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, among others, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

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Free

Los Hacheros

Thursday / August 10, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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LoPresti Park
Sumner Street
East Boston
MA
United States
02128
Los Hacheros
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A band of only five musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Eddie Venegas (Marc Anthony, Orchestra Broadway), who plays violin and sings chorus, improvises mambos on the trombone; Itai Kriss (Edmar Castaneda, Grupo Latin Vibe) sings, plays flute, campana, and güiro, while Papote Jimenez is in charge of lead vocals, soulful soneos (improvised verses) and congas. William Ash (Alfredo de la Fe, Brenda K Starr) holds down the tumbaos on baby bass while Jacob Plasse plays the tres, a guitar-like instrument originating from the Oriente Province in Cuba.

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Free

Conjunto Barrio

Thursday / August 3, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Conjunto Barrio
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Part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Conjunto Barrio's music plays all over the world and has placed on the top ten best Latin songs charts on different playlists. Conjunto Barrio has also backed up some of the best solo Latin jazz artists, including Eguie Castrillo, Richie Bastar, and Endel Dueno, among others. Conjunto Barrio has performed in some of the very best Latin and jazz festivals and has also been awarded with three mentions on the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards for their album Ya Llego Conjunto Barrio: Somos Del Barrio.

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Free

Radio Calle 32

Thursday / July 27, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Mission Hill Playground
1545 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Radio Calle 32
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Part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Radio Calle 32 was born at 32nd Street in the heart of Boston during a late-night jam session. It included tables, chairs, pans, a piano, and loads of dancing. The group—people from all over Latin America and different parts of the world—started arranging, playing, and rehearsing together. They became Radio Calle 32, a colorful mixture of musicians performing all kinds of Latin music, including Latin top hits, salsa and merengue. Radio Calle 32 wants to make you laugh, move, dance, and share an upbeat moment together.

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Free

Metrobar Project with Mike Ringquist and Marcus Santos

Thursday / July 20, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
United States
02130
Mike Ringquist and Marcus Santos
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As part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Mike Ringquist and Marcus Santos of the Metrobar Project are combining their drumming and life experiences in a journey through the language of ethnic hand percussion. Their unique group performs a new approach to world rhythms while blending styles such as hip-hop, Brazilian samba, and Cuban makuta.

During the second half of the show, the 12-piece aNova Brazil will join Metrobar, adding their high energy. Get ready to dance and jump. Metrobar and aNova Brazil will shake your bones with their groovy drumming.

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Free

Zayra Pola

Thursday / July 13, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Zayra Pola
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Zayra Pola was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She started playing percussion and drums at a very young age, and after finishing her degree, she was named "La Timbalera graduada de Berklee." She has shared the stage with people including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Larry Harlow, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Cheo Feliciano, among others.

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Free

Songwriting Summer Workshop Open Mic

Thursday / June 29, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

This event is hosted by our alumni mentor faculty and is a chance for you to perform for this year’s group of Songwriting Workshop participants, meet possible collaborators, or simply check out the original songs and voices. Signups will begin at 6:00 p.m. and you must be there in person to sign up.

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Free

Songwriting Summer Workshop Open Mic

Thursday / June 29, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event is hosted by our alumni mentor faculty and is a chance for you to perform for this year’s group of Songwriting Workshop participants, meet possible collaborators, or simply check out the original songs and voices. Signups will begin at 6:00 p.m. and you must be there in person to sign up.

Admission: 
Free

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