Concert

Women's Choir Concert

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A selection of women's choral music from classical to contemporary.

Admission: 
Free

Brass Showcase

Monday / November 26, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of brass music performed by Berklee student and faculty brass ensembles. Featuring the Berklee Faculty Brass Quintet and student groups led by Charles Lewis and Greg Fritze.

Admission: 
Free

Jimi Hendrix Celebration, featuring Ernie Isley

Tuesday / November 27, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ernie Isley

Ernie Isley performs with Berklee faculty members in a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, on what would have been Hendrix's 70th birthday. Isley—guitarist and songwriter for the hit-making Isley Brothers—will perform classic songs of Hendrix and the Isleys with several Berklee faculty members, including Bill Banfield, guitar and vocals; Kenwood Dennard, drums, Thaddeus Hogarth, guitar and vocals; David Fiuczynski, guitar; George Russell, Jr., piano and keys; and Lenny Stallworth, bass and vocals.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Monterey Sextet

Friday / September 21, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
9699 Blue Larkspur Lane #204
Monterey
CA
United States
93940
Berklee Monterey Sextet

The Berklee Monterey Sextet brings the college's finest current students to the Monterey Jazz Festival.  The group promises surprising new compositions, fluid interplay, and youthful virtuosity. 

The first college to offer an education based on the aesthetic and ethos of jazz, Berklee is proud to bring the eleventh edition of the Berklee Monterey Sextet to perform on the festival grounds. Each fall, the college selects Berklee's finest students to perform at Monterey. This year, the college has chosen Matt Savage, Erena Terakubo, Nick Frenay, John Egizi, Hoo Kim, and Anthony Fung.

Admission: 
$66

Wambura Mitaru

Sunday / September 9, 2012 / 5:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Wambura Mitura

Wambura Mitaru is Kenyan a vocalist presently studying Music Education at a Berklee College of Music. Before attending Berklee in 2011, she attained a Bachelor’s degree in communication at Daystar University in Kenya. While she was there, she was able to join a 9 part-singing group that toured the United States for 3 months to raise money for the scholarship fund for the University that she was attending at the time. In 2009 in her third year at Daystar, she was able to audition to Berklee College of Music and in June that year she was selected as the first female to receive the Berklee African Scholar scholarship. She is a part of Joey Blake’s singing tribe, and is Music director for the Berklee African Club, which performed at last year’s International Folk Festival. Wambura is passionate about education and her dream is to see excellent education structures and better accessibility to study Arts in the continent of Africa. She loves to listen and dance to lingala, reggae music, rap, soukus, afropop music and her favorite artist is Juliani a rapper from Kenya. She is currently in the second year of her undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music and loving every moment of it.

Admission: 
Free

Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim

Sunday / September 9, 2012 / 4:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Jaime Woods

To Jaime Woods, music is storytelling. It connects us all through common experiences, and relatable issues. Music has the power to manipulate our emotions, evoke us to action, it facilitates healing, and causes us to think and see things differently.  

Jaime began music in Chicago at 15, and sang with numerous choirs and local groups. She's performed and recorded with musicians who've played with artists from Yolanda Adams to D'Angelo. In 2010, she was accepted to Berklee College of Music. She made enough noise in Chicago to raise half of her tuition money through her debut concert, themed "Lifespeak" in November 2010. Now as a student, she's focused on songwriting and production. Since she's been at Berklee, Jaime has performed at the Beantown Jazz Fest, Sculler's, Johnny D's, and other local shows and open mics. She became part of an ensemble that performed with Neo-Soul artist Bilal, and will be performing with Lalah Hathaway in February 2012.  She has collaborated with many fellow Berklee students, and is a member of an a cappella group that will tour Europe in the winter. She is also preparing an EP for summer 2012.

Jaime is inspired by the writings of Lauryn Hill, Emily King, Smokie Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. Jaime appreciates the natural and experimental sounds from artists across the music spectrum like Gretchen Parlato, Bobby McFerrin, and Mushinah, and also gleans from the oldies of jazz and soul, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sam Cooke.

Admission: 
Free

Cosmodrome

Thursday / August 23, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Cosmodrome

Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy.

Cosmodrome is based out of Boston, where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee College of Music. Although the core band consists of only four members, Cosmodrome is often accompanied by a horn section with the occasional addition of special guests.

From a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members of Cosmodrome quickly became best friends during their freshman year in college. Fueled by their passion for creation and love of all music "stank face inspiring," the four began to write their own original songs and in the late spring of 2011, Cosmodrome was born. The band has recently finished recording their first official EP and continues to write original music and perform in the Northeast. Cosmodrome is excited to share its constantly evolving and unique musical vision with all who will listen.

Admission: 
Free

Nick Hakim

Sunday / September 9, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Nick Hakim

Nick Hakim is a singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. He and his band have been playing venues around Boston and New York, cultivating a new sound in preparation for his record that will be released in the summer of 2012. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the Beatles. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Vanisha Gould

Monday / September 3, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Vanisha Gould

Vocalist Vanisha Gould was raised in a household where jazz was the music of choice. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae have all influenced her, as well as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. She wants her music to inspire her audience and unite people of all walks of life.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
MA
United States
The crowd at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

The annual influx of music lovers from near and far is expected to once again crowd Boston's historic South End this fall to celebrate with a mix of jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of Berklee's 2012 Beantown Jazz Festival, scheduled for September 27–30. Past festivals have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans.

"This landmark Boston event is an extraordinary and meaningful opportunity to hear free world-class concerts in a family-friendly environment," said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management—the Americas and Asia. "Music inspires. It fosters creativity, discipline, and commitment, and that's a winning combination that few would dispute. To support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is to help support an incredible environment where families from Boston's diverse neighborhoods can be introduced to top-notch artists who may serve as role models for the music world's future stars."

The festival opens September 27 at 8:00 p.m. with singer-songwriter Melody Gardot. On September 28 at 7:30 p.m., the festival continues with jazz pianists Geri Allen and Joanne Brackeen with special guests. The celebrations close on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. with banjo master Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts trio. All three concerts are ticketed events at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). Tickets for the concerts are available at berkleebpc.com or at the Berklee Performance Center box office.

Boston's biggest block party takes place on Saturday, September 29, from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston's South End. This year, the festival celebrates women in jazz, featuring free performances by some of the genre's most acclaimed female artists. A festival highlight will be a performance by Boston native and festival artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington's The Mosaic Project, featuring Geri Allen, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, and Nir Felder. Carrington won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Mosaic Project. Additional performers on the three outdoor stages include Best New Artist Grammy Award winner Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Hey Rim Jeon, and Hailey Niswanger.

The outdoor celebration also features an intriguing variety of family activities at the Natixis Family Park and vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world. The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue into a hub of activity including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals.

Students and faculty play a major role in the festival with performances from faculty member Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas Nonet, Summer in the City concert series standout artists, and current Berklee students Lihi Haruvi and Caili O'Doherty, the Neo Soul Ensemble, and the Berklee City Music All Stars.

Additional ticketed events will soon be announced. Stay updated by checking beantownjazz.org/schedule.html.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a grant to Berklee College of Music to support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival for the third year in a row. Subaru of New England is also a festival sponsor.

In a recent announcement, NGAM was also named as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival®.

Admission: 
Free

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