Performance

Alice Smith / Trixie Whitley

Friday / November 2, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alice Smith
Trixie Whitley

With notes of '60s pop, Burt Bacharach-style melodies and that intoxicating element ofattitude, Alice Smith’s upcoming collection has something for die-hard followers and new fans alike. Her sound has evolved, adding lush, orchestral arrangements and multihued melodies. Though she has always been an artist at heart, Smith is now a mother, and she’s been through some powerful experiences over the past few years. She emerges with new insights to realize through song. Still singing, of course, but today, stepping out independently, she has all the more reason to give 'em something they can feel. Sharing the stage is Trixie Whitley, whose magnetic presence and stunning voice captivated audiences worldwide in 2010 and 2011 as she toured the world performing with Black Dub. During the Black Dub recording sessions, she also recorded her second EP, The Engine, featuring her own music, and began preparing to record her debut as a leader.

Admission: 
$15:00

Mad Satta / Love Experiment

Friday / October 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mad Satta
Love Experiment

Joanna Teters, a student at Berklee College of Music, is a brilliant vocal stylist with roots in jazz, blues, reggae, and R&B music. She leads Mad Satta and is backed by bass player and principal composer for the group Ben Carr, innovative guitarist Ted Morcaldi, standout drummer Zane West, and composer and new addition to the group, Kevin Theodore on keyboards. With the recent addition of a live horn section, the group has been rising to new heights every time it plays. Mad Satta has recently been showcased at venues all across New York State and Connecticut, from the Falcon to the Bowery Electric, and its newest release, a self-titled EP, has become a best-seller on Bandcamp. Also taking the stage is Love Experiment, a Boston-based band featuring some of the best young musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. The band combines neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop, and electronica to create an energetic sound that it has dubbed "future soul."

Admission: 
$10.00

Jae Cheol Oh: Inspiration

Friday / September 28, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Composer, arranger, and trumpeter Jae Cheol Oh will perform his original compositions, as well as his unique arrangements of tunes by the musicians who've most inspired him.  

Admission: 
Free

Reed Foehl / Putnam Murdock / von Grey

Wednesday / September 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Steeped in the folk tradition, Reed Foehl is largely known for his lyrical ability as an artist. He possesses a talent and a voice that are very seldom seen (or heard). Foehls' landscape of lush tones and solid songs touch the raw truth of love and tragedy, without sinking into saccharine sentimentality or cold remove. His albums pull together a touch of country, folk, and edgy roots-rock with the bold honesty intrinsic to modern songwriting.

A Boston native based in Colorado since 1989, Foehl started his musical career as the founding member and frontman of the worldwide indie folk phenomenon Acoustic Junction. After soaring AJ to the top of the charts in the indie folk genre, Foehl stepped back from the touring life to raise his son, and focused on his solo musical career. His simple yet powerful, direct compositions have caught the attention of new fans nationwide through commercial radio airplay and placements for television and film.

Putnam Murdock got his start as a professional musician touring with the rock band Chief Broom. With Murdock as front man, the group achieved a slot on the 1997 H.O.R.D.E. tour, appeared in festivals at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and sold out venues throughout the western United States. in 1999 Murdock attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a songwriting degree in 2002. Since then, Murdock has been performing across the country with artists such as Foehl, Ben Taylor, Martin Sexton, Gregory Alan Isakov, William Topley, and Kaki King.

Working in a vein similar to that of such contemporaries as the Civil Wars and Mumford & Sons, von Grey masterfully melds folk, bluegrass, and country influences, imbuing time-honored musical idioms with a distinctly modern sensibility. Its forthcoming five-song EP captures the band’s essence and the raw intensity of its live performances. The four sisters have been playing music nearly their entire lives. With their soulful four-part harmonies, poetic lyrics, and indelible melodies, it’s easy to see why the Atlanta Journal Constitution would hail von Grey as “nothing short of stunning.”

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

The Justin Satriano Band

Thursday / September 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Justin Satriano and his band present a night of instrumental jazz/funk/rock and rocky-funky-jazz.  

Admission: 
Free

Wally's Showcase featuring the Jason Palmer and Willy Rodriguez Group

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
02118
Jason Palmer

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and actor Jason Palmer is one of the most in-demand musicians of his generation. He has worked with icons such as Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, and Wynton Marsalis.

Berklee alumnus and current graduate student at the New England Conservatory Willy Rodriguez is a versatile jazz and Latin drummer from Ponce, Puerto Rico. He has studied with masters such as Ralph Peterson, Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Yoron Israel, as well as Dave Liebman, with whom he frequently performs. He can be heard with his group, The 427 Factory, every Saturday and Sunday at Wally's. 

Admission: 
Free

Kevin Eubanks

Wednesday / October 10, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee alumnus Kevin Eubanks will be performing with Bill Pierce.

Admission: 
Free

Manuel Kaufmann Nonet

Tuesday / September 18, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Manuel Kaufmann Nonet is capable of a large jazz ensemble sound without overpowering the intimate chamber feel of a small band. The program consists of post-bop tinged originals and arrangements of the Great American Songbook.

Admission: 
Free

Columbus / Endangered Speeches

Saturday / October 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Columbus
Endangered Speeches

Columbus is an authentic '70s funk/soul band that will leave it on the 939 stage with its Farewell Tour. The goal of the band is to celebrate the '70s music legacy, paying homage to funk pioneers like James Brown, George Clinton, and Sly and the Family Stone. The blend of its tight horn section, unyieldingly solid rhythm section, and expressive vocals makes Columbus one of Berklee’s most noteworthy bands.

Rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae, the Endangered Speeches sound is characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members. While Mariletta Konstantara’s love for Rebetika (traditional Greek music) and drum 'n’ bass contribute toward a diverse repertoire, the cemented rhythm section, airtight horns, and four-part vocal harmonies build a sound both unbreakable and unmistakable. Endangered Speeches formed at Berklee in 2008 and currently calls Boston its collective home, but members hail from places as wide-ranging as Canada, Norway, Greece, India, Mexico, and across the United States. Now with two albums in its catalogue, The City is Rough and Dem Borders Will Fall, the band moves determinedly forward, poised to bring the music "home."

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 Berklee students

Noe Socha: Blues from Italy

Saturday / September 1, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Rhythm & Roots Festival
Ninigret Park
Charlestown
RI
02831
Noe Socha

What if Lightnin' Hopkins was actually born across the ocean, in the agricultural heart of Italy? Frankly, we don't know, but when you hear this young, Berklee-trained blues guitar and harmonica wizard, you may find yourself asking the same question. Socha performs on the Rhythm & Roots Festival Heritage Stage.

While studying classical music, guitarist Noe Socha began to privately study jazz and blues guitar with Enrico Zanella. Between 2004 and 2006 he participated in various acoustic guitar workshops and deepened his finger-picking method with Franco Morone and Walter Lupi. In 2008 he participated in a Berklee seminar at Umbria Jazz and was selected as part of an ensemble to open Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto.

Noe then won a scholarship to attend Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. During the five weeks of study he won Guitar Showcase, was selected out of 200 guitarists to open the final concert at the Berklee Performance Center, and won a full-tuition scholarship to continue his studies at Berklee.

Learn more about the Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Admission: 
$60

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