In the first half of the show, Walkin' Up Hip Street will highlight the jazz/funk-fusion music of the mid-'70s through the early '80s. The big band ensemble features the arrangements of Berklee faculty member Brian Lewis and is comprised of some of Berklee's finest faculty, students, and graduates.
In the second half, the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra presents What's Yours Is Mine, featuring a new aspect of the group: arrangements by Inserto of the band members' original compositions. There will also be new original music by Inserto herself. This 17-member big band has been performing in the Boston area for the last eight years, and will feature faculty members Allan Chase and Eric Byers.
Inserto is a groundbreaking composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent voices of her generation. She holds an M.M. in jazz composition from the New England Conservatory. She won the 2007 IAJE/ASCAP Emerging Composer Commission honoring Frank Foster, the 2003/04 and 2005/06 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, the Concord Pavilion Associates Marian McPartland Award, and more. Her music has been performed at the IAJE Conference, Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and 2009 Fano Jazz Festival in Fano, Italy, among others. She has received numerous commissions. Inserto lives in Boston, is an assistant professor at Berklee, and teaches privately in Massachusetts. Her second album, Muse, was released in February 2009 and features George Garzone.