Caili O'Doherty Trio

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Thursday / August 29, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Caili O'Doherty
Photo by Pamela Hersch

A native of Portland, Oregon, Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for her jazz piano playing and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award in 2009. Initially trained as a classical pianist, she discovered her love for jazz at age 11 when she transferred to a performing arts school in her hometown. She attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, majoring in jazz piano performance. While at Berklee, she was selected to be a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an honors performance program directed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Pérez. Through this program, O'Doherty worked closely with leading musicians in the jazz world, including Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Danilo Pérez. Her combo performed and conducted workshops and master classes in the United States and abroad, including at the Panama Jazz Festival (where they opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (opening for French pianist Martial Solal), the UNESCO Center in Paris for the launch of the first International Jazz Day, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Monterey High School Jazz Festival, and on a tour of Togo and Benin in Western Africa on a U.S. State Department grant.

In 2010, O'Doherty was the youngest of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and she also performed at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Other notable performance venues include Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Beantown Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, the MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as the pianist for Terrell Stafford). O'Doherty is an avid proponent of jazz education, and in 2012 she was selected as the Stanford jazz piano mentor, a two-year teaching internship at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where she teaches lessons, clinics, and master classes to young people and performs with fellow mentors at the Stanford Jazz Festival.