Concert

Danny Garza

Thursday / July 7, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston
MA
United States
02108

Since he was a young child, Garza has known he wanted to be a musician. He describes being onstage as "such a feeling that…well, I couldn’t even describe it. In the things I have been through, I have felt that music has also been like therapy as well...My ambition when I sing is to give others therapy with my voice and music."

 

Garza identifies with singers who "mean what they sing," such as Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, Ella Fitzgerald, and Luther Vandross. He loves to make music infused with memories and emotions.

 

https://soundcloud.com/danny-angelo-garza

Admission: 
Free

Alexis Newman

Thursday / June 30, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston
MA
United States
02108

Alexis Newman is a 20-year-old singer, songwriter, and performer from Yonkers, New York. She is currently attending Berklee as a vocal performance major. Newman has performed during halftime at a New York Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Garden and performed background vocals with a choir for Susan Boyle on The Today Show, at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, and on Larry King Live. Since being at Berklee, Newman has opened for numerous artists such as Brian McKnight with the Divas. She also performed background vocals for Aloe Blacc, Bilal, and Chris Turner during a Marvin Gaye tribute. Additionally, she has sung backgrounds for R&B singer Ledisi. In 2015, Alexis joined the general business band LoveSounds as the female lead singer, performing all around the New England area.

Admission: 
Free

MIXCLA

Thursday / June 23, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston
MA
United States
02108

Pulling from three dynamic spirits of the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project, a new mixture of sonic masterpieces is born. MIXCLA is a play on words between mezcla and mix. It is also a merging of cultures hailing from the mountains of Chile to the traditions of Japan, which, driven by the fires of Cuba, achieves a truly unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA is led by composer/pianist and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and backing vocals, and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

 
Admission: 
Free

The Layth Sidiq Sextet

Saturday / July 9, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
Club Jazz Casino de Montréal à la place SNC-Lavalin
455 Boulevard René-Levesque O
Montréal
Québec
Canada

The Layth Sidiq Sextet unites musicians from around the globe with the message that music is one language, despite the different musical dialects we all speak. This performance will feature compositions by Layth as well as compositions by members of the band. The performance will culminate in the world premiere of the "Son of Tigris," a musical suite that highlights Layth’s personal journey to his Iraqi roots, as well as discussing universal topics of love, loss, and hope. By using elements of Iraqi music in a jazz setting, Layth hopes that his music will build a bridge between cultures and create a human understanding that is very much needed these days.

Admission: 
Free

Cory Henry Presents: The Revival

Sunday / July 31, 2016 / 9:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, which he began playing at the age of two. In 2010, he co-produced Jay White's Larger Than Life, and later that year he released his first album, Christmas with You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Henry wrote and produced several tracks on Kim Burrell's Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning Love album, released in 2011.

Henry captures the breadth of jazz and gospel idioms and produces something new through his unique blending of the two genres. At 19, he began traveling with the jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted for three years. Henry has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Robert Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, and many others. Henry's awe-inspiring, impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, First Steps, went to no.1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 general admission / $10 with student ID (standing room only)

The Deslondes / Mechanical River

Tuesday / September 20, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Joel Hamilton, of Mechanical River
The Deslondes
Mechanical River

The Deslondes are a New Orleans-based band whose raw, stripped-down sound brings to mind a country-meets-R&B hybrid rooted partly in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, partly on the weathered floor of a Louisiana dance hall. The band released its debut album, The Deslondes, in 2015 on New West Records, which was praised by NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, among others. But the band’s history starts well before that. This fall, The Deslondes will reissue their debut album’s predecessor, Holy Cross Blues, and will tour with original band member Matt Bell on lap steel and electric guitar. The Holy Cross Blues reissue will feature a new cover design, and will be available digitally and on CD via The Deslondes’s online shop, as well as on fall tour dates.  

Holy Cross Blues reaches a bit further back into American roots history than The Deslondes’s modern country-soul sound. The album features call-and-response gospel-blues (“I Got Found”), classic cowboy songs (“Throw Another Cap on the Fire”) and ’60s doo-wop (“Depression Blues”). The Deslondes are currently at work on their sophomore album, to be released by New West in 2017.

Mechanical River is the moniker for Charleston, South Carolina native Joel Hamilton’s most recent musical project: a lo-fi, folk masterpiece constructed with fuzzed-out, crooning vocals, crunchy acoustic guitar arrangements, and drum machine percussion. In the spirit of true DIY, Hamilton plays every instrument on his debut album, Astral Castle, which he also recorded and produced himself. The tracks for the album were then mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Ben Baptie (Beck, Haim) and were completed by famed mastering engineer Tom Coyne (Adele, Taylor Swift). His songs “Pomelos” and “I Need Love” are already seeing much attention (and rotation) from tastemakers at KEXP in Seattle and other online channels.

Admission: 
$15 general public (standing room only)

Convocation

Sunday / August 28, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Berklee President Roger H. Brown

Please join us as we welcome Berklee's newest entering class. This welcome concert and presentation features talented Berklee students, alumni, and notable administrators, and is free for students and families.

Admission: 
Free

Reeve Carney

Friday / August 12, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Reeve Carney

Reeve Carney will next be seen as "Riff Raff" in the upcoming remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on FOX. He can currently be seen in Showtime’s series Penny Dreadful as Dorian Gray.

He originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Handpicked by director Julie Taymor, with the chance to perform music by U2’s Bono and The Edge, Reeve found himself with a mentorship any young singer would cut a deal with the devil to get. “Reeve was everything we could have hoped for: an amazing voice, and a truly charismatic presence,” says Bono. Reeve also fronts the rock band Carney, whose debut album Mr. Green Vol. 1 is out on DAS Label/Interscope. To call the band “new artists” would betray the full-stride breadth of their abilities as songwriters and performers. Carney's debut solo album will be released in October 2016.

Admission: 
$12 Advance / $14 Day of Show (Standing Room Only)

Cory Henry Presents: The Revival

Sunday / July 31, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Cory Henry
Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, which he began playing at the age of two. In 2010, he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life, and later that year he released his first album, Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Henry wrote and produced several tracks on Kim Burrell's Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning Love album, released in 2011.

Henry captures the breadth of jazz and gospel idioms and produces something new through his unique blending of the two genres. At 19, he began traveling with the jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted for three years. Henry has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Robert Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, and many others. Henry's awe-inspiring, impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, First Steps, went to no.1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 general admission / $10 with student ID (standing room only)

Yazhi Guo

Monday / July 25, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Yazhi Guo

Award-winning, multi-woodwind player Yazhi Guo returns to Berklee with a fresh and fashionable program of a dozen newly written pieces. The mainstream pop/world-music sound this program offers will be an exciting experiment of traditional Chinese music culture mixed with Western contemporary music. The songs from this program will also be featured in Guo's next solo album. The concert will feature internationally acclaimed artists Yun Huang, Utar Artun, and more.

Widely known as the best suona player in Asia, Guo was the winner of the 1998 International Pro Musicis Award, and the 2012 Hong Kong Award for Best Artist. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Guo invented the “Flexible Core of Suona” that solved the problem of suona playing complicated modulations and temporary inflexions, allowing it to play in orchestras, and significantly broadening the expressive force of the instrument. Guo performed at the official State Banquet in Beijing for visiting President Clinton in 1998, as well as on CCTV, and at several large-scale solo concerts titled Guo Yazhi’s Wind Music World: Legend of Suona to a sold-out audience at prestigious venues in China.

In 2012, Guo embarked upon a new journey to continue his musical career. He is studying jazz at Berklee. Since his arrival, Guo has performed with the Planet MicroJam Institute at the Berklee Performance Center for the Frank Withey Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Admission: 
$10 general admission (standing room only)

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