Motown was the most successful record company in the history of recorded music. Motown acts performed all over the world and many view the music as America's contemporary soundtrack for the late 20th century. The music and the artists carried on the traditions of Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Lena Horne and a host of other artists that created what we refer to today as rock, soul, rhythm music, gospel, jazz, and pop. Sing along tonight and take notes. The music covered will become part of your permanent repertoire as you cultivate your musical artistry at Berklee College of Music
Born into an artistic family in Madison, Wisconsin, 23-year-old alto saxophonist Clay Lyons has been enthralled by music from a very young age. Lyons began his musical journey by playing the drums as a toddler, and then moved to cello and piano, after which he settled on his instrument of choice, the alto saxophone, at age 12.In high school, with the help of his father and some friends, Lyons discovered the music of Charlie Parker, and soon realized that there was no turning back.Over time and after much practice, he became a prominent player at his high school and the local Madison jazz scene, where he studied with legend Richard Davis.In 2007, Lyons was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and since then, he has been a busy player at Berklee and elsewhere—Lyons has performed as a sideman and with his own groups in the United States, Hong Kong, and Japan.He is currently pursuing a duel-major degree in jazz composition and woodwind performance at Berklee.
Produced for the first time since 2009, Revive Music brings one of its most popular concerts to Jazz at the Fort on Sunday, August 5. Hip Hop 1942 is dedicated to bringing people back to a prominent era in jazz history that birthed some of the greatest songs in jazz that were later sampled to produce some of hip-hop's most legendary anthems. Berklee Alumni Igmar Thomas and James Casey and Berklee professor Brian "Raydar" Ellis will collaborate with current Berklee students to recreate a pivotal time in music history that influenced popular music today.
Rain location: Mainstage Theater at Roxbury Community College (Media Arts Center)
A singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on piano, Brendan James began writing the songs on his second album after winding up a year and a half on the road in support of his debut album The Day is Brave, which was released by Decca Records in June 2008 and debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Several of its songs were featured on various television shows including Private Practice, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and Army Wives.