Concert

Greg Laswell / Harper Blynn

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Greg Laswell

California native Greg Laswell brings an evening full of bright, orchestral melodies and melancholy, soul-searching lyrics to the Red Room @ Cafe 939. He has won legions of fans and become a favorite of film and television music supervisors alike.

Take a Bow both closes and opens a chapter in Laswell’s life as a songwriter and a man, with songs of loss and hope recorded in a cabin in Arizona. It’s an album that shows a deep understanding of where he’s been personally—and unlike a lot of songwriters, he’s also able to poke a little fun at himself. Putting it on the line and taking chances both musically and lyrically, Take a Bow is a collection that deserves wide recognition.

Opening act Harper Blynn, previously Pete and J, will be returning to the Red Room for a repeat performance.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

The Led Zeppelin Experience: Hammer of the Gods

Saturday / December 4, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hammer of the Gods

Considered by many to be the "ultimate Led Zeppelin experience," Hammer of the Gods recreates the mystical aura of an authentic Zeppelin concert, complete with thunderous sound, a spectacular light show, authentic instruments, vintage-period clothing, and flawless renditions of Zep favorites, including "Kashmir," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Moby Dick"! All of this, coupled with the band's amazing stage presence, creates a show like no other—a truly astounding showcase of Led Zeppelin's raw energy and infinite musical genius.

For one night only, Hammer of the Gods recreates the music of the movie The Song Remains the Same. Witness note-perfect renditions of every song from the live album, including many cuts from the legendary 1973 Madison Square Garden shows that never made it to the original live album. See it all here—live!

Admission: 
$45, $40, $30, $25, reserved seating

Chucho Valdés with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chucho Valdés

Cuban virtuoso pianist Chucho Valdés culminates a day of master classes for Berklee students with a recital by his fiery trio. Multi-Grammy Award–winner and founder of the rhythmically innovative Latin jazz band Irakere, Valdés has been hailed by the New York Times as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists." He has recorded over 80 albums during his illustrious career and performed with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea.

Admission: 
$49, $43, $39, reserved seating

The New World Jazz Composers Octet Directed by Daniel Ian Smith

Monday / October 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
The New World Jazz Composers Octet

Arsenal Center for the Arts continues its third season with The New World Jazz Composers Octet. The NWJCO was organized over 11 years ago by Berklee faculty member Daniel Ian Smith as an aggregation dedicated to the performance of new music. To have a group of great ensemble players who are also stellar soloists is a rarity—it's a dream come true for contemporary composers.

The NWJCO gave its first performances under the guise of the Sanctuary Composers Forum in tandem with the Jazz in the Sanctuary concert series. The group garnered considerable attention after its first performance, and word spread that this world-class ensemble was truly one-of-a-kind.

The ensemble quickly adapts to and personalizes the compositions that are written expressly for it. Faculty composers who have contributed to the ensembles' repertoire have included Ted Pease, Dick Lowell, Matt Nicholl, Ken Pullig, Bob Pilkington, Rich Grudzinski and others. The impressive list of players, all with international performing credentials, includes Daniel and Dino Govoni on woodwinds, Ken Cervenka and Walter Platt on trumpets, Tim Ray on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and Steve Langone and Ernesto Diaz on drums and percussion. Transitions, the group's 2010 release, is currently garnering attention from JazzTimes and All About Jazz.

"As its name professes, the Boston-area–based New World Jazz Composers Octet is not, strictly speaking, a big band. On the other hand, it has a big sound, thanks in part to well-shaped charts," wrote Jack Bowers of All About Jazz. "While the viewpoint is contemporary, the essential building blocks of pleasurable music, namely melody, harmony, and rhythm, are never slighted." 

Admission: 
$15 adults/$10 students and members

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Saturday / October 9, 2010 / 9:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Derek Speirs

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are one of the most memorable partnerships in acoustic music today. The award-winning Irish fiddler and American guitarist distill the essence of Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in galvanizing performances.

"As close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be." —Irish Examiner

"If your live music ration were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you'd be either crazy or foolish if you didn't pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill." —Irish Times

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Saturday / October 9, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Derek Speirs

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are one of the most memorable partnerships in acoustic music today. The award-winning Irish fiddler and American guitarist distill the essence of Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in galvanizing performances.

"As close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be." —Irish Examiner

"If your live music ration were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you'd be either crazy or foolish if you didn't pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill." —Irish Times

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Roots Music Roadshow

Tuesday / October 12, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, western swing, polka, and tex-mex—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Admission: 

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Saturday / October 16, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blood, Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene. One of the greatest horn bands in popular music, BS&T's alumni roster reads like a Who's Who of the world's best jazz and rock musicians. 100 percent of ticket sales go to the Elsie Monica Colomby Scholarship at Berklee. Expect big songs and a few big surprises, like the Latin jazz legend Arturo Sandoval sitting in with the band. Read the press release about the event.

Admission: 
$50 $45, $42, $35, $25, reserved seating

The Fringe and 3Play+: Free Fall

Tuesday / October 19, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Fringe, 3 Play+

Free Fall: a concert featuring two bands. First: the legendary group the Fringe, featuring George Garzone on saxes, John Lockwood on bass, and Bon Gullotti on drums. Then: the renowned group 3Play+, featuring Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Josh Rosen on piano, Lello Molinari on bass, and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. Both bands play together for a grand finale.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

AfroCubism

Sunday / November 7, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
AfroCubism

AfroCubism was Nick Gold's original idea for what became the Buena Vista Social Club. But the story goes that a few lost passports meant that the Africans stayed home, so instead another rather fine but different record was made. Now the original plan is finally being realized with an extraordinary group of 13 musicians from Cuba and Mali, including Cuban singer-guitarist Eliades Ochoa (an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club), Toumani Diabaté (kora), Bassekou Kouyate (ngoni), Kassé Mady Diabaté (vocals), Djelimady Tounkara (guitar), Lassana Diabaté (balafon), Osnel Odit (guitar and vocals), Baba Sissoko (tamani), Jorge Maturell (percussion), José Angel Martinez (double bass), Eglis Ochoa (maracas), Lennis Lara (trumpet) and Alain A. Dragonit (trumpet).

Watch a video of Afrocubism.

Admission: 
$50, $40, $30, reserved seating

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