Concert

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds / Daisy's Little Secret

Saturday / May 21, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sister Sparrow

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds is a nine-piece powerhouse that delivers a blend of gut-busting soul, earthy rock, and New Orleans–inspired beats.

Also appearing is Daisy's Little Secret. "Swamp rock" embraces the sounds of the '70s while keeping a modern edge. Daisy's sound will keep your toes tapping and head shaking while the raw vocals will satisfy the soul.

Admission: 
$10

Julian Velard / Jason Myles Goss

Friday / June 3, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Julian Velard just released his second brilliant album, Mr Saturday Night, on March 28. The native New Yorker turned London resident presents a masterpiece collection of perfect and unorthodox pop tunes and a voice that sounds like it came straight off the dock of the bay. Blending effortless cool, with a naturally charming motor mouth, he has created his own brand of classic '70s-inspired piano pop. 

Jason Myles Goss writes music that is poetic, darkly playful and, at times, just plain quirky. His latest release, A Plea For Dreamland was recorded and coproduced by Josh Ritter's bandmates, and this past year his song "Twilight Serenade" was in the top-100-selling singer-songwriter songs on iTunes. He was a 2009 Northeast Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and is currently working on his fourth album, due out this coming winter.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

The David Mayfield Parade / Jack Grace / Erin Harpe

Thursday / May 19, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Mayfield

Grammy-nominated musician and producer David Mayfield is a folk-rock songwriter and guitarist. He has performed with artists such as Cadillac Sky, the Avett Brothers, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, and he has worked with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. His self-titled album, The David Mayfield Parade, features classic AM radio rock with lush string arrangements to unadorned alt-country ballads whose lovelorn subjects evoke the outlaw songs of the early '70s. Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons, declares the record "absolutely brilliant."

With a new CD titled Drinking Songs for Lovers, one might be forgiven for believing that Jack Grace should ease up a little. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has made a career out of following no one's rules but his own, he is probably going to keep doing his thing until his liver lays down the law.

Erin Harpe has been hailed as "an authentic blues chanteuse," earning a reputation for her raw style and "total, selfless and compelling immersion in the music." An accomplished finger-picking guitarist, she is often compared to Memphis Minnie, JoAnn Kelley, Rory Block, or early Bonnie Raitt.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Quartet

Monday / June 27, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
Boiler House Restaurant
55 Mill Street
Toronto
ON
United States
M5A3C4

The members of the quartet 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 Perez 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, 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

Concetta Donato Quartet

Sunday / September 4, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Concetta Donato Quartet

Concetta Donato appeared as jazz musician and composer in the TV shows Jazz Life (RED TV, Rome, 2008), Jazz Life 2 (Rome, 2009), and Smart Time (Sicily, 2009). Her first CD as a band leader is entitled Pristine and contains her own compositions and arrangements. She received many positive reviews from JazzIt, Musica Jazz, Jazz Magazine, All About Jazz, JazzItalia, Sentire Ascoltare, SoundContest, A Proposito di Jazz, and L'Isola Che Non C'Era.

Donato taught musical education and classical and jazz piano in public and private schools in Italy before earning a scholarship to Berklee. She graduates in May.

Admission: 
Free

Nikolas Anadolis Trio

Monday / August 29, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Nikolas Anadolis

The Nikolas Anadolis Trio is a group of three extraordinary musicians from all over the world. The leader and composer of all the material is 19-year-old virtuoso Nikolas Anadolis, who hails from Thessaloniki, Greece. Joining him are bass player Hoo Kim from Seoul, Korea, and drummer Angelo Spampinato, from Berkeley, California. They are all Berklee scholarship recipients. The trio has played at such places as the BeanTown Jazz Festival, and the Berklee Performance Center, to name a few. Such diverse backgrounds lead to a unique style of music you can't hear anywhere else. 

Nikolas Anadolis started to play the piano and improvise starting at the age of four. Since arriving at Berklee, Anadolis has performed at the Blue Note in New York, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the 10th European Jazz Festival in Athens, and the Jazz Au Chellah Festival in Morocco, and most recently won first prize at the Martial Solal Jazz Piano competition in France.

Angelo Spampinato is a 21-year-old drummer from with 9 years of experience in all genres of music. He is more than able to work in all types of professional music environments. Before beginning his studies at Berklee in 2008, he had already studied/performed with Frank Martin, Benny Green, Mike Clark, Mic Gillette, John Santos, and Alan Hall among many others at famous venues such as the BeanTown Jazz Festival, the Lafayette Jazz Festival, and the Berklee Performance Center. Since being awarded a generous scholarship to Berklee, Spampinato has been living in Boston, Massachusetts where he continues to expand his musical horizons and develop a unique sound.

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li Trio

Sunday / August 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Christian Li

Christian Li is a jazz pianist from Horseheads, New York. He has won several Down Beat Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Li was the New York State All-State Instrumental Jazz Band pianist for 2006 and 2007 and the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band pianist in 2006.

In 2008, he received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee. There he studies privately with JoAnne Brackeen and Ed Bedner and has had the opportunity of working with Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Li has also worked with the Cornell University and Ithaca College big bands and played solo piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Arooj Aftab

Wednesday / August 10, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab innovates off classical sufi music for a sound that is fresh, graceful, and musically complex. To her subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals grounded in an ancient mystical tradition is added acoustic guitar, drum, and bass. This is music that moves you to peace, to inspiration, to embrace the divine.

"Aftab's ethereal voice swirls and dives in the delicate, complicated motions of her country's long musical heritage, and the young musician merges sonic palettes with natural grace." —Boston Globe

 

Admission: 
Free

Felix Peikli Quartet

Monday / August 1, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Felix Peikli Quartet

Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix Peikli found his way into music through the local marching band at the age of 8. They picked out the instrument, which today seems to have been the perfect choice, a clarinet. Two years later, he received a Benny Goodman recording from his grandfather, and Benny Goodman became the new idol. His first performance was during a jam session at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2002. Too young to enter the bar, Peikli and his mother argueed their way in. Unaware that celebrities like Joe Lovano were in the audience, he played and was invited back the next day for his first hired gig playing with a visiting band in the Mirror Hall of the Grand Hotel.

Peikli became a student at the Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway and studied there with Fredrik Fors from 2004 to 2008. He also was selected to compete won National Dream Prize in 2005. Peikli became a student at Foss Music High School in 2006, and in the same year he won the Grand Chance on national TV. He began playing concerts internationally, including Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, and the U.K. He received the Capital of Norway Honors Prize as the youngest recepiant ever in 2007, and the same year he attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. He received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee in fall 2008 and has had the opportunity to study with Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, and Joe Lovano.

Admission: 
Free

Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet

Thursday / September 8, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Mark Whitfield Jr

Mark Whitfield Jr. was born in Brooklyn. The son of two musicians, his early years were filled with music and he began playing the drums at an unusually early age. At the age of 2, Whitfield made his first concert appearance at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield and legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. The story of his prodigious talent began to spread as his musical abilities continued to develop and at age 4 he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast. The performance was so successful that it led to several subsequent TV appearances, including a CNN lifestyle piece, a full feature with Dr. Billy Taylor for his CBS Sunday Morning jazz segment, and a follow-up appearance on the Good Morning America 1995 Thanksgiving Day broadcast with his dad's group.

In 2001, Mark Jr. and his younger brother Davis returned to the New York area to live with their father and attend school in Jersey City. Whitfield continued to perform with his father's group, including a performance at the Iridium in New York as part of the JVC Jazz Festival and occasional appearances at Smoke, another popular jazz club in New York, and performed regularly with three other talented teenagers as part of the Stephen Chaplin Quartet. Since the summer of 2004, they have performed at the prestigious Newport Festival in Rhode Island and appeared as the opening act for Peter Cincotti, Chris Botti, and many others. Their debut CD, Just among Brothers, is a favorite among local jazz fans.

As a junior in high school, just a couple weeks after his 16th birthday, Whitfield was the first participant in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program under 18 years old. For his performance at Jazz Ahead the following June Whitfield was invited to participate in Ravinia at the Steans Institute for the Arts, under the instruction of Nathan Davis, David Baker, Rufus Reid, and James Moody.

That same summer, Whitfield attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where he was rewarded a full-tuition scholarship. Since coming to Berklee, he has worked with jazz greats such as Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, Darren Barrett, and Dave Santoro. He is also a member of the Roy Guzman Quintet, which played at the Newport, Duke Ellington, and Monterey jazz festivals representing Berklee. Since then, Whitfield has gone on to be a member of the inaugural class of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and perform at other jazz festivals around the world, such as the Vitoria Jazz Festival and Summertime Jazz Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Admission: 
Free

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