Concert

Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE

Saturday / September 3, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
Detroit Jazz Festival
400 Renaissance Drive
Detoit
MI
United States
48243
Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE

Dayramir Gonzalez began studying piano at the age of 8 in Havana, Cuba. While in high school, he worked professionally with Diakara, created by master percussionist Oscar Valdez. With Habana enTRANCE, he has performed in Cuba, Tenerife, Mexico, and Spain. In 2006 he won the international JoJazz contest and recorded his first album, Dayramir and Habana EnTRANCE, which was released on the Cuban label Colibri. El Pais called him "undoubtedly one of the pianists who lead the ship of the young generation of jazz pianists in Cuba and around the world." Since his arrival at Berklee in September 2010 on a full scholarship, Gonzalez has performed with Larry Harlow, Ignacio Berroa, Eddie Palmieri, Raul Pineda, Jimmy Branly, and Chad Sexton.

Admission: 
Free

Japanese Taiko Drumming with Elaine Fong

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival concert.

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Guitar Trio

Thursday / July 7, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee student Junewon Choi performs standards with bass and drums.

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Anna Kwun Quintet

Wednesday / July 13, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Vibraphonist Anna Kwun's presents her own compositions, featuring impressionism and tango.

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Jamie McLean / Dave Keller / Katrin

Saturday / June 25, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jamie McLean

Jamie McLean had a big decision to make in 2006. He could continue to tour the globe as the guitarist for New Orleans' famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing sets at Madison Square Garden, Bonnaroo and Japan's Fuji Rock. Or he could do it his way, take the road less traveled and begin to lead Jamie McLean Band. It seemed as though there was only one option. McLean has been relentlessly touring and recording with the Jamie McLean Band, which also features Brian Griffin on drums and Ben Mars on bass. The band has released three full-length albums, Completely (2010), American Heartache (2008), This Time Around (2006) and is set to release an astounding 4 EPs in 2011.

Based in Montpelier, Vermont, the Dave Keller Band's reputation for dynamic, soul-stirring performances extends throughout New England. With more than 1,000 shows to his credit, Dave Keller is a singer-guitarist who has forged a style uniquely his own—intense and soulful, gritty and sweet. Like the best blues and soul men before him, Keller learned his art firsthand from the masters: Mighty Sam McClain, Paul Rishell, Fontella Bass, and the late great Robert Ward. Most recently, Keller was featured as singer and co-writer on Living in the Light, the new CD by legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl. The Dave Keller Band, features three of Vermont's top shelf musicians: Jan Schultz on Fender bass; Brett Hoffman on drums; and Ira Friedman on Hammond organ. 

Listening to Katrin sing in a live setting with her acoustic guitar is mesmerizing. When she performs with her band, the influence that each musician brings to the stage turns every song into a lush tapestry. Katrin uses many different guitar tunings in her songwriting, and has created unique versions of cover songs. Katrin is teaming up with legendary drummer and producer Jerry Marotta to record her next CD to be released in June, 2011. Marotta is best known for his work with Peter Gabriel, the Indigo Girls, Elvis Costello, Sarah McLaughlin, and many more popular artists.

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Matt Duke / Rosi Golan

Saturday / June 11, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matt Duke

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost teenage—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. We've all heard the old song about the hip bone being connected to the leg bone, but what about the heart-strings and the grey matter? That connection is harder to make—but it's one that Duke manages to forge with the whip-smart, emotive songs on his second Ryko album, One Day Die—an album which touches on the darkness implicit in that title and uses it as a springboard to redemption and rebirth.

Rosi Golan is an Israeli born singer-songwriter who has made many stops in her travels, including Germany, Paris, and finally ending up in Los Angeles at the age of 9, where she grew up. Golen is indeed a long way from home, but certainly in the right place to showcase her unique talent for rich, dark melodies and a voice that not only draws you in, but still haunts you the next day. While living in L.A., Golan was inundated with creative lessons from violin, to voice, to acting. At 19, she decided to focus on singing and picked up her first guitar, teaching herself to play and write songs. Six weeks later, she was performing at her first open mic. 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Pomplamoose

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pomplamoose

Pioneering the style of "videosongs" on popular video-sharing sites such as YouTube, Pomplamoose is a San Francisco–based indie music and indie jazz duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn.

Admission: 
$18, General Admission

Company of Thieves with Sleeper Agent / Kris Gruen

Wednesday / June 15, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Company of Thieves is composed of guitarist Marc Walloch, drummer Chris Faller, and bassist Marcin Sulewski. Their sophomore album, Running from a Gamble, debuted at No. 37 on iTunes overall album charts. Inspired by their diverse influences, including the Beatles, Billie Holliday, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Elliot Smith, and Nirvana, they inject their triumphant, catchy music with their own energy and soul, making for a deeply dynamic sound that can turn from sweet to searing on a dime. The band has toured with groups like Annuals, OK Go, and the Hold Steady, and along the way played Lollapalooza, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Live From Daryl's House.

Sleeper Agent is a pop rock group that has toured with Cage the Elephant and Biffy Clyro.

It's been a busy year for Vermont-based Kris Gruen. Since the release of his sophomore record, Part of It All, last spring, he's toured up and down the West Coast several times, spent a week performing in Brazil, made his premiere music video for the song "Red Doors," played CMJ and SXSW, is working on a limited edition vinyl release, and is about to embark on a string of dates around the U.S. throughout the summer.

Admission: 
10

Greg Laswell / Austin Hartley Leonard

Wednesday / June 1, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Greg Laswell

Greg Laswell's Take a Bow both closes and opens another chapter in the California native's life as a songwriter and a man, with songs of loss and hope recorded in a cabin in Arizona. It's an album that shows a deep understanding of where he's been personally and unlike a lot of songwriters, he's also able to poke a little fun at himself. Laying himself on the line and taking chances both musically and lyrically, it's a collection that deserves attention and wide recognition. Also appearing: Austin Hartley Leonard

Admission: 
$15

Diego Garcia / Matt Lowell

Wednesday / May 25, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia is the former frontman of acclaimed garage-rock band Elefant. Born in Detroit to Argentine parents, Garcia explores his Latin roots on his new solo album with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970s troubadours like Sandro, Jobim, and Leonardo Favio. It is the fusion of these Latin influences with the era's "Anglo" visionaries such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry that makes this project truly special. Garcia will perform this May in support of his solo debut, set for release April 2011. Also appearing: Matt Lowell.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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