Concert

Adam and the Waxmen/Blue Mountain Bustdown

Friday / June 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Adam & The Waxmen are based out of Portland, Maine. They originated as a four-piece band in late 2006, playing their first gig at Chicky's Fine Diner in Westbrook in November with Dan Waxman and Friends. Their debut full length CD is now out. Keep an eye out for these young gents on the road, soon brandishing just what you want for a night on the town: a little soul, a little love, some peace, and a whole lotta sweaty, dirty, funky rock.

Assembled for the sole purpose of having fun, a loose bunch of musicians gathered around the songs of a natural new songwriter named Adam Waxman. He was the new kid on the block, having only a year or so in trying his hand at the guitar and writing songs. After a few months, the band members realized that they'd all been playing music in many, many bands for many, many years, and they'd never in all their born days had people respond like this. Within a couple shows the front of the dance floor was crowded and people were screaming back lyrics at the band. And furthermore, the band members themselves had never felt quite so right playin' together. It was like sitting down to hot buttered biscuits and gravy every time they strapped on instruments. Waxman's songs reminded them of a bygone time when music had class and warmth, and reached out to people in universal ways—a time when music was played, not into a computer and stretched and sliced and squashed, but played in a room by happening musicians in front of sweaty, glowing, happy people.  

Balancing evocative songs and expressive improvisation, Blue Mountain Bustdown is a band rooted in a tasteful and unique blend of traditional rock and blues. Founded in Boston by members Jonathan Ellington (vocals, guitar) Stephen Malinowski (keyboards, Hammond) Josh Carter (bass) and Ben Teters (drums).

Admission: 
$8

Jerry Rivera / Eguie Castrillo y Su Orquesta

Saturday / July 31, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Jerry Rivera (left) and Eguie Castrillo

Through a special collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, City Hall Plaza will play host to a remarkable concert entitled Caliente, a Celebration of Latin Music and Culture.

Puerto Rico native Jerry Rivera comes from a family of talented musicians. As a child he would often accompany his mother Dominga, a singer, and father Edwin, a guitarist and director of Los Barones Trio, during their shows. When Rivera was 14, his father made a demo and presented it to the CBS music department, which signed Rivera.

Rivera began to be known as "El Bebé de la Salsa" (the baby of salsa) after recording his first album, Empezando a Vivir. Songs from his follow-up album became number-one hits across Latin America; his third album went platinum in the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Colombia and held the number-one spot in the Latin American Billboard charts for three consecutive months. It became the most-sold salsa album in history.

Rivera continues to perform with his band, both at home and across the Americas. His most recent album is Caribe Gardel. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eguie Castrillo first showed hints of musical ability playing a tiny organ in his parents' living room. Castrillo began playing the timbales at age 7, profoundly influenced by the music of the great bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente. These days, Castrillo is a high-demand percussionist and an authority on the rhythms of the Caribbean countries Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

When Castrillo's role model Tito Puente passed away in 2000, he decided to bring the mambo back with new touches. He put together an orchestra for the Latin Big Band concert at the Berklee Performance Center in November 2004. The orchestra played again at Berklee's Performance Center for a full house, doing a show called Latin Meets Jazz, and it also played at Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick's inaugural ceremony to an audience of 10,000.

Jerry Rivera headlines.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

 

Admission: 
Free

Fausto Cuevas y Su Orquesta la Moderna

Thursday / July 22, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Fausto Cuevas

Fausto Cuevas is a native of Brownsville, Texas, where he began playing drums at the age of 11. He continued throughout grade and high school, making his way to Berklee, where he discovered his love for percussion and studied with Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. From Boston, Cuevas traveled to Los Angeles where he currently resides.

In addition to performances at the famed Playboy Jazz Festival and the Blue Note in New York City, Cuevas has recorded, performed, and toured with artists ranging from Latin to legend, including Julio Iglesias, Al Jarreau, Tito Nieves, Roy Hargrove, and Britney Spears. He comes to this show directly from performing with Stevie Wonder in Norway.

This event is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

William Cepeda

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
William Cepeda

Accomplished on the trombone and a noted composer and arranger, William Cepeda comes from a well-known Puerto Rican family rooted in music. He developed a unique style that he calls "Afrorican Jazz"—a fusion of jazz with the folk music he grew up with. 

Studying at Berklee and Queens College connected Cepeda to great jazz musicians and taught him the complexities of jazz improvisation and composition. He also played with and learned much from Dizzy Gillespie, a key figure in Latin jazz, and from African music star Miriam Makeba.

In 1997, Cepeda was selected as one of the most important and influential Puerto Rican composers. He has won awards and grants from Meet the Composer and American Composers Forum, among others. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. 

For this event, which is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Cepeda will perform with a band comprised primarily of Berklee faculty, students, and alumni.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux

Celebrating Rounder Records's 40th anniversary, Grammy Award-winners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux present a very special evening of quintessential American music. Each artist will perform with her own full back-up band. Please note that this concert has been moved from Symphony Hall to the Berklee Performance Center. All tickets issued by Symphony Hall will be honored at Berklee.

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American folk and country music artist who performs with warmth, intelligence, and an unmistakable voice. The Boston Globe proclaimed that Carpenter's style displays "a mature and important ability to create songs that are simultaneously intimate and anthemic. Her melodies feel as natural and pleasing as a soft breeze; and her lyrics are empathetic and knowable."

Carpenter's blend of country, roots, and rock have earned her five Grammy Awards, and she is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her poetic lyrics include commentary about contemporary politics, such as reactions to the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Carpenter is involved in various charities and foundations, including Nashville Cares, the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, UNICEF, Voters for Choice, the National Fair Housing Association, the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and Amnesty International. The Age of Miracles, Carpenter's forthcoming and 12th release, was recorded in Nashville and was released on Zoe/Rounder Records.

Smoky-voiced singer Madeleine Peyroux has achieved critical notice and sales success with her signature "postmodernist coolness" (Los Angeles Times). In her earliest works Peyroux chose "to tread in the footsteps of a lineage of female singers that includes Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Patsy Cline, and has earned herself a coterie of worshipful admirers in the process," according to the Telegraph UK. Peyroux's jazzy sound has evolved on her latest release, Bare Bones, which offers elements of folk, country, and soul/rock from her own pen. Peyroux says her music builds from wariness, to loss, to acceptance, and finally to hope. "I'm really happy that I got to write," says Peyroux. "It feels like a new segment, and it's great work. Deciding to write all the songs on [Bare Bones] was probably the most difficult choice I've had to make since I decided to become a musician."

Ticket holders for the Symphony Hall show may exchange their tickets for reserved seats at Berklee by any of the following methods. Please note: All exchanges must be made through Berklee. Symphony Hall ticket buyers are encouraged to exchange tickets in advance.

  • In advance, in person, during regular Berklee Box Office hours (Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) 
  • By mail to: Attn: Box Office, Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston, MA 02115 
  • In person on the evening of the performance. The Box Office will open at 4:00 p.m. on June 27.
Admission: 
$56.50, $46.50, reserved seating

Wally’s Stepchildren

Sunday / September 19, 2010 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Wally's Cafe

Wally's Stepchildren is a funk/fusion band that has had rotating musicians at Wally's for almost 15 years. Some past notable members of this night include drummers John Blackwell (Prince), Adam Deitch (Justin Timberlake), Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncé), and John Roberts (Janet Jackson); guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive); and keyboardist Rob Lewis (Puff Daddy).

Wally's Cafe was established on January 1, 1947 in Boston. The nightclub is located at the famed intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus avenues. The area was once home to many renowned jazz clubs during the 1940s and 1950s—places with names like the High Hat, Savoy Ballroom, Chicken Lane, the Wig Wam, Big M, and Wally's Paradise—that played a major role introducing jazz to the New England community. Wally's Café now features live music 365 days a year. Many of the musicians are professionals, but Wally's still maintains its tradition of providing students of academic institutions such as Berklee, the Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music with a stage to perfect their craft.

Admission: 
Free

Grace Kelly

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Grace Kelly

When it comes to Grace Kelly—saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger—people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 18-year-old wunderkind.
She has performed with high-profile artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr., and appeared on NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Kelly has won the Outstanding Jazz Act honors at the annual Boston Music Awards and local ABC affiliate WCVB-TV named her one of five Bostonians to Watch in 2009. The 2009 57th Down Beat Critics Poll added her to its list of Alto Saxophone Rising Stars, the youngest ever to be named so.

To this astonishing list of kudos and credits, Kelly now adds Mood Changes, the fifth release on her PAZZ label. The album mixes six standards with four Kelly originals and features her working quintet (Jason Palmer, trumpet; Doug Johnson, piano; John Lockwood, basses; Jordan Perlson or Terri Lyne Carrington, drums), with guest appearances by guitarist Adam Rogers on two tracks and trombonist Hal Crook on one.

Admission: 
Free

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee.

Admission: 
$25

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee.

Admission: 
$25

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee.

 

 

Admission: 
$25

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