Concert

Norm Zocher Group

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Norm Zocher

The Norm Zocher Group will feature original, high-energy guitar-oriented jazz and fusion in celebration of the band's 20th year of performances at Berklee. Referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" and one of "Boston's best composers" in the press, the critically acclaimed leader's all-Berklee band will feature two outstanding graduates: Grammy-nominated drummer Pablo Bencid and bassist Alex Smith.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Uyanga

Tuesday / September 28, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Uyanga Boldbaatar presents Uyanga—a group recently voted as one of Boston's top three r&b bands at the Boston Music Conference R&B Competition. Uyanga will be performing original r&b, neo-soul, and pop, as well as a few of their favorite soul numbers, bringing their own unique flavors into the mix. The group is composed of Uyanga Boldbaatar, Anna Talpe, Mariama Ndure, Michelle Walter, Lucas Ellman, Gregory Marchand, Yuki Kishida, Amarnath HAzarika, Nelson Leong, and Ben Atkind.

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Robert Glasper

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Glasper

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: This is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time.
Career-wise, this creates a constant balancing act, and on occasion literally being double-booked, appearing with the trio and the Experiment on the same night. Such is the storyline that emerges on Double-Booked, with conflicting voicemail messages from Terence Blanchard and Roots drummer Ahmir Questlove Thompson, each pulling for a different Glasper band.

"Most people, if they have different bands, they do separate albums," says Glasper. "But I felt I'd be making more of a statement if I put it all on one joint." The result, in essence, is a snapshot of Glasper's life. "This is what I'm dealing with," he continues. "It's not like I play jazz but I also play hip-hop now and then. I'm in it, for real, both sides of the spectrum. That's my life. A lot of people go in stages-they might focus on trio for a long time, then they change or whatever. My thing is both, all the time."

The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper's Experiment band but recently came on board the trio as well.

Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has also garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as "a fantastic musician," pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: "a harmonic maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish." 

 

Admission: 
$22

Robert Glasper

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Glasper

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: This is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time. The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper's Experiment band but recently joined the trio as well.

Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has also garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as "a fantastic musician," pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: "a harmonic maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish."  

 

Admission: 
$25

Sadao Watanabe

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sadao Watanabe

Alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe performs with his band featuring Danny Grissett (piano), Ben Williams (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drum set). Sponsored by the Woodwind Department.

Born on February 1, 1933, Sadao Watanabe began playing the alto sax at age 18. He made a name for himself in the jazz scene, participating in Toshiko Akiyoshi's Cozy Quartet and various other sessions. He studied abroad at Berklee Music of College, enriching his musical style by performing with big acts such as Chico Hamilton and Gary McFarland. Forming his own band after returning to Japan in 1965, Watanabe became more active in the national music scene and played a major role in creating in the big bossa nova boom in Japan in the '60s. The 1968 Newport Jazz Festival marked the beginning of his international career.

In 2001, Watanabe was appointed as the executive producer of the Japanese Government Exhibition Project for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. He culminated the events with a performance with youth percussion and chorus groups from five continents in an extraordinary cross-cultural blend of rhythm and song. This project has spread to Jakarta, Guam, and the Zaragoza Expo 2008.

On behalf of his lifetime contribution in music, Watanabe received the Mainichi Art Awards last year. He appeared at the Montreal and Toronto jazz festivals with his Japanese band last July. His 70th album, Into Tomorrow, was released last September.

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<em>The Why</em> / Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys are a musical alchemy descending into the rabbit hole of performance art. With their toys and voices they create a death-folk, steamcrunk, organic-industrial experience.

The award-winning film The Why features music by Walter Sickert. The Why draws from the evil tones of early Polanski with inspired dialogue and linearity, while shocking the viewer with gritty vignettes of Hooper-like violence. Although the film is more arthouse than horror, viewers are still caught in a metaphysical mélange absent of love, absent of hate, and absent of reason.

Admission: 
$10

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet will play at the 53th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which features live jazz on multiple stages over three days. This show will be hosted at the Coffee House Gallery at the festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz, and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.

Learn more about the BGJI Septet.

Admission: 
$15.00

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Friday / September 17, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet will play at the 53th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which features live jazz on multiple stages over three days. The group will be laying at the Garden Stage at the festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz, and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.

Learn more about the BGJI Septet.

Admission: 
$15

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Wednesday / September 15, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Various Boston venues
United States

The first college of jazz celebrates the birthplace of jazz as the 10th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival pays tribute to the music and culture of New Orleans five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. From September 15 to 25, world-renowned superstars and popular local acts will perform free and ticketed concerts throughout the city. The 10-day event culminates on Saturday, September 25, in a free outdoor festival on three stages that stretches over six blocks in the South End and brings together people of all ages from every Boston neighborhood, throughout New England, and beyond. Last year's event drew over 80,000, a new festival record.

The festival's largest roster yet includes performances by 30 acts at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Wally's Cafe, Berklee's Cafe 939 and David Friend Recital Hall, and outdoor stages along Columbus Avenue. The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is copresented by Target and sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, WCVB-TV 5, and others. JazzBoston is a festival partner. The festival is also receiving support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call 617 747-2261 or visit beantownjazz.org

"Jazz is one of America's greatest contributions to world culture. Without the music of New Orleans, there is no Berklee," says festival artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington. "So we're celebrating our 10th anniversary by giving Beantown a taste of the Big Easy, with New Orleans music on each stage of the outdoor festival, a traditional jazz band marching up and down Columbus Avenue, delicious Southern cuisine, and activities for the whole family." 

Carrington has assembled a diverse and exciting lineup in her second year as artistic director. Among the highlights are Kurt Rosenwinkel and the Orchestra de Jazz de Matosinhos (9/15, BPC); the Bad Plus (9/17, BPC); the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (9/18, Northeastern University); Robert Glasper (9/23, Regattabar); Danilo Perez (9/23–9/24, Scullers); Paula Cole (9/24, BPC); and Terence Blanchard (9/25, Scullers). 

The crown jewel is the free outdoor festival on Saturday, September 25, from noon to 6:00 p.m. on three stages on Columbus Avenue, starting at Massachusetts Avenue. Top acts include Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, the Jonathan Batiste Trio, Greg Osby and Mark Turner, the Wild Magnolias, Nona Hendryx, the Julian Lage Trio, the Boogaloo Swamis, Rhiannon featuring Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuña, Grace Kelly, Victor Mendoza, and others. 

The Target Family Park returns to transform the Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue into a hub of activity for kids of all ages, with inflatables, rides, face painting, balloons, and an instrument petting zoo staffed with Berklee professionals. More than 80 vendor booths will offer arts, crafts, accessories, and great food representing a variety of countries.

To browse a list of Berklee BeanTown Jazz festival concerts, visit beantownjazz.org.

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The Mark Poniatowski Situation

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join bassist Mark Poniatowski as he celebrates the release of his first CD: The Mark Poniatowski Situation. Poniatowski composed and arranged eight jazz instrumentals for the CD, which features a six-piece band. This performance will feature Walt Platt on trumpet, Jon Garniss on trombone, Kenny Hadley on drums, Joe Mulholland on piano, and Dino Govoni on sax.

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