The first concert in the sixth season of the Jazz at the Arsenal series features Berklee faculty artists Jan Shapiro and the John Baboian Trio performing a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass.
Jan Shapiro, professor in Berkee’s Voice Department, has played in some of the best jazz clubs across the U.S. and has performed as the featured vocalist at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival in multiple years. She has also been featured as a guest artist with the Airmen of Note, the official jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Shapiro’s most recent recording is Piano Bar After Hours.
The John Baboian Trio is comprised of esteemed Berklee faculty members John Baboian (guitar), John Repucci (bass), and Yoron Israel (drums). Baboian, artistic director for the Jazz at the Arsenal series, has been a Berklee guitar faculty member for more than 30 years and his performance and teaching duties have taken him around the world.
Legendary Puerto Rican jazz bass player and Grammy Award winner Eddie Gomez performs a concert to celebrate his receipt of the first-ever honorary doctor of music degree awarded by Berklee College of Music from its international campus in Valencia.
A world-renowned bassist, Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for more than four decades. His impressive resume includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. His unique sound and style can be heard on many Grammy-winning records as well as on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, R&B, and contemporary pop music.
In the second installment in a series of concerts and jam sessions, Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) students will feature their original repertoire as well as arranged standards. The concert will be followed by an open jam session, and all levels and instruments are encouraged to take part in the session at the Old South Church.
The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
“Qantara,” which means “arch” in Arabic, brings to life Simon Shaheen’s vision for the unbridled fusion of Arab, Turkish, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music. This perfect alchemy allows music to transcend the boundaries of genre and geography. Come enjoy this brilliant, beautiful, and moving music.