Performance

The Bell Affair Featuring Karen Bell

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:15 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Karen Bell

The Bell Affair featuring Karen Bell is an exhilarating elixir of funk punch poured from a diamond ladle. The music is a mixture of soulful, funky favorites served up by some of the finest musicians in New England. Karen Bell, founder and lead singer for the Bell Affair, has thrilled fans for more than 20 years with her southern charm and heartfelt, powerful vocals. Standing at the helm, Bell has concocted a heady brew of all-star talent in the Bell Affair, a delicate blend of precision, raw passion and that old-school flavor sure to quench an audience's thirst for a great time.

Admission: 
Free

The Simon Moullier Quartet—Jazz Revelations Student Band

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Simon Moullier Quartet

Founded in Boston in October 2012, this international quartet is an erupting volcano, with Simon Moullier (France) on vibes, Samuel Batista (Panama) on alto saxophone, Elin Sandberg (Sweden) on upright bass, and Kazuhiro Odagiri (Japan) on drums. This band’s main power source is youth, releasing a constant energy that grows in Moullier’s original compositions.

The quartet is centered around jazz, but only uses it as a color in the sound through acoustic instruments such as the alto saxophone or the upright bass. Although the music is sometimes sullied by the overdrive on the vibraphone or by the mad, itching rhythms that relate to Moullier’s main influences, such as Radiohead, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper.

The quartet has a unique sound because of the cohesion between the vibes and the alto saxophone, which brings out simple and delightful melodies served with a wide range of harmonies. The upright bass and the drums, rooted in neo-soul and pop influences, instill a balance in the music, which creates a new style. 

After several recording sessions in Berklee College of Music’s studios, the Simon Moullier Quartet was selected by the Jazz Revelation record label and played on the recently released album Catalyst.

Admission: 
Free

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah grew up in New Orleans in the late '80s and early '90s. At the age of 13, he was already proficient enough to join his uncle, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and his band. After graduating with his brother at the top of their high school class at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, he headed north to Berklee College of Music with a full scholarship. He earned two degrees in two years and eventually launched a music career that has positioned him as one of the best innovators of his generation.  

Admission: 
Free

Will Calhoun Trio

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 3:45 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎

Will Calhoun is a Grammy winner who contributes to many genres, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continuously pushing the envelope. Famous for his work with the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, which won two Grammys, Calhoun has recorded and/or toured and performed with many artists, including Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD High Life). 

Before he became famous as a member of Living Colour, Calhoun was an aspiring jazz drummer raised on a steady diet of his father's bebop records. Calhoun goes back to his roots on his latest album, Life In This World, but to get there he takes a circuitous route through a wealth of musical experience around the globe.

Calhoun's stellar jazz recording features great artists such as Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Charnett Moffett, Marc Cary, Doug Wimbish, John Benitezand, and legendary bassist Ron Carter. "Life In This World is a spiritual title," Calhoun says, "which, to me, just means the sonic world of my experiences. It's Will Calhoun in the sense of what influences me and what inspires me, but aimed more towards a jazz audience." This new CD is Calhoun's most jazz-oriented recording since his Grammy-nominated 2000 release, Live at the Blue Note, and his diverse interests remain evident.

Admission: 
Free

Matt Savage Quartet Featuring Bobby Watson

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎
Matt Savage

Matt Savage has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8.  He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, the Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Chick Corea, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Erena Terakubo, just to name a few.

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. After he graduated from University of Miami in 1975, he moved to New York City, and soon found employment as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Watson launched his own group, Bobby Watson & Horizon, with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, and they recorded for Blue Note and Columbia Records.

Admission: 
Free

Rick DiMuzio Quintet Featuring Lage Lund

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:15 p.m.
Beantown Stage
795 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02120 ‎
Rick DiMuzio

Jazz saxophonist and composer Rick DiMuzio has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. In addition to leading ensembles under his own name, he has performed regularly as a sideman with the Greg Hopkins’ big band, the Kevin Harris Project, Leo Blanco, and the Fernando Huergo Quintet. He has played or recorded with such artists as David Liebman, Steve Grossman, Bill Perkins, Kenny Wheeler, Conrad Herwig, Danilo Perez, James Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Roger Humphries, Francisco Mela, and Jamey Haddad.

In addition to his performing career, DiMuzio serves as professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught courses in ear training, improvisation, saxophone, jazz composition, and ensemble. He earned his doctorate in jazz composition from New England Conservatory, a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Past teachers include Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Bill Dobbins, and Rayburn Wright.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Sessions: Jim Peterson

Wednesday / August 21, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
Jim Peterson

Premier Boston guitarist Jim Peterson will be playing a variety of progressive funk tunes as part of Berklee's annual Summer Guitar Sessions Week. Peterson, who has graced the stage at the Berklee Performance Center several times before, will be performing a mixture of originals and covers.

Peterson is an associate professor of guitar at Berklee and he is among the most versatile and creative of musicians, playing multiple styles of music masterfully. In addition to his work at Berklee, he is also a member of three-time Boston Music Award-winning R&B band Eye 2 Eye.

Admission: 
$8 in advance, $12 day of show (discount applied at checkout)

Shun Ng

Friday / October 18, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Shun Ng is a gifted 23-year-old guitarist/singer/songwriter born in Chicago, raised in Singapore, and based in Boston. Quincy Jones states, "When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears—he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science—his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding."

Now a world-class performer in demand internationally, Shun is known for his virtuosic and unique fingerstyle of guitar that infuses elements of funk, blues, jazz, and Motown, creating a one-man-band-like experience. His impressive guitar work is paired with his passionate vocal delivery. When one experiences Shun's talent live, it is not difficult to see why the buzz surrounding his performances are garnering him a reputation as one of the world's most dynamic break out performers today. Watch Shun Ng perform his version of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" in the BIRN studios at Berklee here:

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, $5 with student ID, general admission

Guitar Sessions: Mike Stern

Monday / August 19, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
Mike Stern

Six-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz guitarists and composers of his generation. He will be playing a variety of jazz and rock tunes as part of Berklee's annual Summer Guitar Sessions Week. Born in Boston, Mike Stern studied music at Berklee College of Music before getting his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears. He then moved to New York City, where he was recruited by Miles Davis to play a key role in Davis’s comeback band.

He has earned the title of Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine. He has also earned a spot on DownBeat's list of 75 Great Guitarists. He has played with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Esperanza Spalding, and many, many more great musicians. The concert will feature Teymur Phell on bass and Richie Morales on drums. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Remy Foussard's Senior Recital

Friday / August 9, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts

Born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, Remy Foussard has spent his time at Berklee developing his skills as a rock guitarist, and absorbing the influences of the many musical genres to which he has been exposed. His senior recital will consist of a rock performance with music influenced by blues, funk, and jazz. Foussard will be accompanied by his eight-piece rhythm section.

Admission: 
Free

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