Quintet East plays the music of the Monterey, California–based group Along Came Betty, a group that began by styling its music after the hard bop groups of the late 1950s and 1960s like Art Blakey and Horace Silver. Subsequently, the band has added to its repertoire original compositions by Bain Smith that have been the basis for the recordings the band has done over the past 11 years, including four CDs, the latest of which was recorded in June of this year. Their recordings are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.
George Woods, Jeniffer Criss, and Manasseh David Israel, all of whom are Berklee alumni, return to Boston for an incredible showcase of singer-songwriters. George Woods will release his newest album, Technicolor Costs Too Much, at the show.
Berklee presents Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers at the IBMA Award–winning Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Blue Moose melds old time, bluegrass, Celtic, and Scandinavian influences via four- and five-string fiddles, mandolins, acoustic jazz guitar, and the nyckelharpa. This is a band that truly embodies the lovingly weird, brilliant musical fusions that come out of Berklee.
Spajazzy, described as electric jazz with an Italian flare, will present some new compositions from the upcoming CD Al Dente as well as three arrangements from the Mike Stern's songbook to celebrate his collaboration on the album which is due in the store by late fall 2011. Leaders Sergio Bellotti (drums) and Tino D'Agostino (bass) teamed up with Berklee faculty Sal DiFusco and Steve Hunt as well as sax extraordinaire Pat Loomis.
In the second half, the Neal Smith Quintet, led by Percussion Department faculty Neil Smith, will feature music for the soul.
Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streamed on Concert Window.
Moira Lo Bianco presents a live piano performance. "In this concert I intend to convey an array of sounds and textures that make up my sonic palette. I aim to demonstrate the impact life here at Berklee has made on my music," she says. The performance features a drummer and may include "Aleatoric."
Motown Records was the most successful record company in the history of recorded music. Berry Gordy and the incredible roster of singers and musicians are credited with creating the "blueprint" for what we commonly refer to as contemporary American music.
The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, to name a few-all credit Smokey Robinson, Motown bassist James Jamerson, the Isley Brothers, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Stevie Wonder as just a few of the artists who inspired them to produce their iconic musical works.
Motown: The Soundtrack for Contemporary American Music will offer the listener a small window into some of the most commercially successful and memorable songs from the Motown songbook. It hopefully will excite audience members to want to know more about this music and its influence on many of the artists who have captured their musical curiosity.