The Omar Thomas Large ensemble is a full big band, performing original compositions and arrangements in the contemporary jazz idiom. Berklee alum Tavonna Miller will be featured on an arrangement of the Yellowjackets' "The Hope."
Daryl Lowery (saxophone), Rick Peckham (guitar), Ben Zecker (Hammond B3), Jesse Williams (bass), and Louis Cato (drums) introduce brand-new music as well as selections from the CD Instant!Groove available on Amazon and iTunes.
Regarding the band's debut CD, Jazziz magazine wrote "[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as 'acid-jazz.' . . . The rhythm section is elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos‚ . . . resulting in a sound akin to guitarist John Scofield's A Go Go CD, on which he was backed by organ trio Medeski, Martin and Wood."
Somewhere between New York City and an unassuming Midwestern town, a van filled with high hats, guitar strings, amps, and cables is twisting its way down a two-lane highway. When it stops, its four occupants will pour into a small music club packed with eager followers. The band will plug in, tune up, and drown out the night with a sound destined to be much bigger than the stage their on.
That band is Atomic Tom.
Supporting Atomic Tom will be the band Gentleman Hall. Having already won a VMA for MTV's 2009 Best Breakout Artist Boston, Gentlemen Hall continues its meteoric rise through its latest collaborations with world-renowned producers Earl Cohen (The Temptations, Anita Baker) and Michael Seifert (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tori Amos). The band defines itself by the characteristic melodies of vocalists Gavin and Jacob Michael, fused with big guitars, big beats, and even bigger synths. The result is an unforgettable and highly energetic dance experience.
An all-star group of all Berklee faculty, student, and staff orchestra will perform original modern jazz orchestra compositions by Winnie Dahlgren, Jason Camelio, Scott Free, Manuel Kaufmann, Jeff Perry, and John Sauer.
Join us for an exciting evening of original compositions and arrangements with this unique group. Tom Hojnacki on piano, and Andrea Pejrolo on bass take an innovative look at jazz based on originality and unconventionality.
New York-based singer/songwriter Pete Francis is set to release his new album, The Movie We Are In. Whereas Francis's previous solo albums were largely self-produced, he uprooted his approach to album-making and assembled an entirely new crew with Los Angeles–based producer Jeff Trott (right-hand man to Sheryl Crow as writer and guitarist). The results challenge listeners with contrast, combining the organic and the electronic, the standard and the hip, the familiar and the unfamiliar.
Also appearing: The Rescues. Four unique parts collided to make one majestic sound in 2008. What started as a one-night stand at a party has quickly turned into one of the most powerful forces in the Los Angeles music scene. Kyler England, Rob Giles, Adrianne Gonzalez, and Gabriel Mann, all successful singer/songwriters in their own right, joined together to form the Rescues and created a new, compelling sound where dark meets light, hope meets peril, and grace is found in unexpected places.
In recent months, he's kicked things up by adding horns, a swingin' rhythm section, and some filthy electric guitar, dubbing the band Zac Taylor & The Drugs. Think Ben Folds' playfulness with some gritty Telecaster. The debut record Salesman is set to be released this spring. Produced by Berklee's own Ben Gebert, the vibe of the record has raw, tube-crunched guitar, rollicking drums, and some old school Wurlitzer to round out a jazzed-tinged, in-your-face pop-rock sound.
Ear Training chair Allan Chase (alto and baritone saxophone), Guitar faculty member Jon Damian (guitar), and guest Bob Nieske (bass) present a concert of original jazz compositions and rarely heard classics.