Join us for the 14th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Three stages of live music, arts, crafts, a family park - even an Instrument Petting Zoo. Free and fun for all ages.

2013 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule

BeanTown Jazz Festival 2012

  • Gary Burton

    Friday, September 27, 2013, 8:00 pm
    Scullers Jazz Club
    400 Soldiers Field Road
    Boston MA 02134 [Map]
    Gary Burton
    Gary Burton Quartet

    Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

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    Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, has received a total of 15 Grammy nominations. DownBeat magazine gave him their "Jazzman of the Year" award in 1968, making him the youngest artist ever to receive that honor. Burton studied at the Berklee College of Music for two consecutive years, and afterward started worked with George Shearing and, later, Stan Getz. Currently, Burton is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

    Show: $30 Dinner and Show: $70
  • Gary Burton

    Friday, September 27, 2013, 10:00 pm
    Scullers Jazz Club
    400 Soldiers Field Road
    Boston MA 02134 [Map]
    Gary Burton
    The New Gary Burton Quartet

    Seven-time Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton, who taught at Berklee for 33 years and served as the college's executive vice president, showcases songs from his quartet's new album, Guided Tour.

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    Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his 2012 work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. He was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times adds that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

    The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

    Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70
  • The Simon Moullier Quartet—Jazz Revelations Student Band

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 12:00 pm
    Berklee Stage
    435 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 ‎ [Map]
    The Simon Moullier Quartet—Jazz Revelations Student Band
    Simon Moullier Quartet

    The Simon Moullier Quartet's main power source is youth, releasing a constant energy that grows in Moullier’s original compositions. The quartet is centered around jazz, but only uses it as a color in the sound through acoustic instruments such as the alto saxophone or the upright bass. Although the music is sometimes sullied by the overdrive on the vibraphone or by the mad, itching rhythms that relate to Moullier’s main influences, such as Radiohead, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, and Robert Glasper.

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    Founded in Boston in October 2012, this international quartet is an erupting volcano, with Simon Moullier (France) on vibes, Samuel Batista (Panama) on alto saxophone, Elin Sandberg (Sweden) on upright bass, and Kazuhiro Odagiri (Japan) on drums. This band’s main power source is youth, releasing a constant energy that grows in Moullier’s original compositions.

    The quartet is centered around jazz, but only uses it as a color in the sound through acoustic instruments such as the alto saxophone or the upright bass. Although the music is sometimes sullied by the overdrive on the vibraphone or by the mad, itching rhythms that relate to Moullier’s main influences, such as Radiohead, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper.

    The quartet has a unique sound because of the cohesion between the vibes and the alto saxophone, which brings out simple and delightful melodies served with a wide range of harmonies. The upright bass and the drums, rooted in neo-soul and pop influences, instill a balance in the music, which creates a new style. 

    After several recording sessions in Berklee College of Music’s studios, the Simon Moullier Quartet was selected by the Jazz Revelation record label and played on the recently released album Catalyst.

    Free
  • Berklee City Music All-Stars Big Band Jazz

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 12:00 pm
    Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
    600 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 [Map]
    Berklee City Music All-Stars Big Band Jazz
    Berklee City Music All-Stars

    The Berklee City Music All-Stars return to the festival stage once more this year. This ensemble is composed of the best and brightest rising young stars, all who are on scholarship to attend the Berklee City Music after-school program and Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

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    Berklee City Music is a national nonprofit program offered by Berklee College of Music to provide music education to fourth- to twelfth-graders in underserved communities. With year-round instruction, expert faculty, individualized mentoring, and a comprehensive online PULSE curriculum, Berklee City Music combines the breadth of Berklee resources, facilities, and available scholarships with an environment of attention and encouragement. Kids get the tools and support they need to flourish as students, musicians, and confident well-rounded individuals ready to shape their world.

    The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest rising young stars, all who are on scholarship to attend the Berklee City Music after-school program and Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

     

    Free
  • Giorgi Mikadze Group

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 12:00 pm
    ARAMARK/Coca-Cola Stage
    795 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02120 ‎ [Map]
    Giorgi Mikadze Group
    Giorgi Mikadze

    Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee symphony orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia, and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones.

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    Giorgi Mikadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

    In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various jazz festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival, and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

    He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

    Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee symphony orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia, and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

    Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including Seocnd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); Second Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

    Free
  • Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1:00 pm
    Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
    600 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 [Map]
    Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution
    Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution

    Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful seven-piece band built on a foundation of rock-solid reggae groove with tight vocal harmonies and inspired blues-rock soloing. Joining reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising, the Liquid Revolution expresses the cry of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice.

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    Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful seven-piece band built on a foundation of rock-solid reggae groove with tight vocal harmonies and inspired blues-rock soloing. Joining reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising, the Liquid Revolution expresses the cry of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice. Not only do Jenson's poetically insightful songs strike at the heart of these issues, but his tunes about joyful expressions of love, spirituality, and the lessons to be learned from simple stories of everyday life all offer a vision of a bright future.

    Jenson is a multigenre keyboardist, singer, arranger, composer, and gifted educator who is currently on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music, where, among his other teaching duties, he is well-known for his smash-hit class The Music and Life of Bob Marley.

    This year saw the release of the group’s groundbreaking debut album, Dragonfly Taxi, and Jenson is very pleased to have the absolutely killer rhythm section players who recorded the album performing: Sean Skeete (assistant chair of the ensemble department) on drums and Winston Maccow (associate professor at Berklee) on bass. Also appearing will be Angel Gittens on backing vocals.

    Free
  • Rick DiMuzio Quintet Featuring Lage Lund

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1:15 pm
    ARAMARK/Coca-Cola Stage
    795 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02120 ‎ [Map]
    Rick DiMuzio Quintet Featuring Lage Lund
    Rick DiMuzio

    Jazz saxophonist and composer Rick DiMuzio has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. In addition to his performing career, DiMuzio serves as professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught courses in ear training, improvisation, saxophone, jazz composition, and ensemble.

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    Jazz saxophonist and composer Rick DiMuzio has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. In addition to leading ensembles under his own name, he has performed regularly as a sideman with the Greg Hopkins’ big band, the Kevin Harris Project, Leo Blanco, and the Fernando Huergo Quintet. He has played or recorded with such artists as David Liebman, Steve Grossman, Bill Perkins, Kenny Wheeler, Conrad Herwig, Danilo Perez, James Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Roger Humphries, Francisco Mela, and Jamey Haddad.

    In addition to his performing career, DiMuzio serves as professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught courses in ear training, improvisation, saxophone, jazz composition, and ensemble. He earned his doctorate in jazz composition from New England Conservatory, a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Past teachers include Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Bill Dobbins, and Rayburn Wright.

    Free
  • The Bell Affair Featuring Karen Bell

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1:15 pm
    Berklee Stage
    435 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 ‎ [Map]
    The Bell Affair Featuring Karen Bell
    Karen Bell

    The Bell Affair featuring Karen Bell is an exhilarating elixir of funk punch poured from a diamond ladle. The music is a mixture of soulful, funky favorites served up by some of the finest musicians in New England. 

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    The Bell Affair featuring Karen Bell is an exhilarating elixir of funk punch poured from a diamond ladle. The music is a mixture of soulful, funky favorites served up by some of the finest musicians in New England. Karen Bell, founder and lead singer for the Bell Affair, has thrilled fans for more than 20 years with her southern charm and heartfelt, powerful vocals. Standing at the helm, Bell has concocted a heady brew of all-star talent in the Bell Affair, a delicate blend of precision, raw passion and that old-school flavor sure to quench an audience's thirst for a great time.

    Free
  • Berklee P-Funk Ensemble

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2:15 pm
    Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
    600 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 [Map]
    Berklee P-Funk Ensemble
    Lenny Stallworth

    Lenny "the Groove Master" Stallworth is the bassist for RH Factor, the band of famous trumpeter Roy Hargrove. He has toured the world with both this group and other various artists such as smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, funk legend and saxophonist Maceo Parker, and jazz saxophonist Dr. Kenny Garrett, to name a few. Currently, Stallworth is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches in the Performance division and the Bass Department.

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    Lenny "the Groove Master" Stallworth, was born and raised in the "dirty south," in a small town called Moss Point on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He started playing the electric bass at age 11, and at 12 joined his first funk and soul band, called the Super Soul Movement. In 1973, the group recorded their first vinyl single, called “Bad, Bad, Bad, Ain't That Something.”  

    At 18, Stallworth's first big break came when he was recruited to go on the road with the legendary show band Poo Nanny. Touring "the chittlin circuit," Stallworth earned the nickname "Liquicklenny The Groove Master."

    In 1985, he chose to explore different genres of music and came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Through both personal work and his studies at the school, Stallworth quickly became well-known in the local and regional circuit, and this word of mouth directly translated into countless future opportunities.

    Stallworth is the bassist for RH Factor, the band of famous trumpeter Roy Hargrove. He has toured the world with both this group and other various artists, such as smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, funk legend and saxophonist Maceo Parker, and jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett, to name a few

    Currently, Stallworth is an associate professor at Berklee, where he teaches in the Performance division and the Bass Department.

    Free
  • Matt Savage Quartet Featuring Bobby Watson

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2:30 pm
    ARAMARK/Coca-Cola Stage
    795 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02120 ‎ [Map]
    Matt Savage Quartet Featuring Bobby Watson
    Matt Savage

    Matt Savage has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8. Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Bobby Watson has worked as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and recorded for Blue Note and Columbia Records.

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    Matt Savage has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8.  He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, the Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Chick Corea, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Erena Terakubo, just to name a few.

    Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. After he graduated from University of Miami in 1975, he moved to New York City, and soon found employment as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Watson launched his own group, Bobby Watson & Horizon, with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, and they recorded for Blue Note and Columbia Records.

    Free
  • Mike Tucker Trio +1 Featuring Warren Wolf

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2:30 pm
    Berklee Stage
    435 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 ‎ [Map]
    Mike Tucker Trio +1 Featuring Warren Wolf
    Mike Tucker Trio

    Mike Tucker's most recent project, The Mike Tucker Organ Trio + 1 Featuring Warren Wolf , is a live recording that has an updated sound while still being rooted in the traditions of jazz. The disc features arrangments of standards, as well as several of Tucker's original compositions. 

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    Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a sideman all over the world.  In 2002, he competed as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington, D.C., and soon after he attended Berklee College of Music, where his career got a jump start, on a full-tuition scholarship.
     
    Tucker's most recent project, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio + 1 Featuring Warren Wolf, is a live recording that has an updated sound while still being rooted in the traditions of jazz. The disc features arrangments of standards, as well as several of Tucker's original compositions. Although it's a new group, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio has already performed in France at the Toulouse Jazz Festival and has a busy schedule ahead for 2013-2014.
     
    As a leader in past projects, Tucker has been invited to perform at jazz festivals around the world, including the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Nagoya, Japan; the Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine, France; the Emerging Artists of the 21st Century concert series in San Jose, Costa Rica; and, closer to home, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
     
    Tucker has also appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows, including Toast of the Nation on NPR, Voice of America, and XM Satellite Radio's Jazz and Beyond. Besides many engagements with his own group, Tucker is currently a  member of Sony recording artist Robin McKelle's group and has performed or recorded with  Esperanza Spalding, Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore,  George Garzone,  Joe Lovano, Melvin Sparks, George Duke, Christian Scott, Fred Wesley, Eric Reed, and Carl Allen,  among many others.
     
    Tucker is also a sought-after clinician and educator. He has been invited to give master classes at the University of Minnesota; the Hokaido Groove Camp in Sapporo, Japan; MAI in Nancy, France; and at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.
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  • Meshell Ndegeocello

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
    Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
    600 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 [Map]
    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Meshell Ndegeocello is an American rapper, bassist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including hip-hop, soul, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. Ndegeocello has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has earned 10 Grammy Award nominations.

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    Meshell Ndegeocello is an American rapper, bassist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including hip-hop, soul, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. Ndegeocello has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has earned 10 Grammy Award nominations.

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  • Will Calhoun Trio

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3:45 pm
    ARAMARK/Coca-Cola Stage
    795 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02120 ‎ [Map]
    Will Calhoun Trio

    Will Calhoun is a Grammy winner who contributes to many genres, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continuously pushing the envelope. Famous for his work with the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, which won two Grammys, Calhoun has recorded and/or toured and performed with many artists, including Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD High Life). 

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    Will Calhoun is a Grammy winner who contributes to many genres, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continuously pushing the envelope. Famous for his work with the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, which won two Grammys, Calhoun has recorded and/or toured and performed with many artists, including Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD High Life). 

    Before he became famous as a member of Living Colour, Calhoun was an aspiring jazz drummer raised on a steady diet of his father's bebop records. Calhoun goes back to his roots on his latest album, Life In This World, but to get there he takes a circuitous route through a wealth of musical experience around the globe.

    Calhoun's stellar jazz recording features great artists such as Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Charnett Moffett, Marc Cary, Doug Wimbish, John Benitezand, and legendary bassist Ron Carter. "Life In This World is a spiritual title," Calhoun says, "which, to me, just means the sonic world of my experiences. It's Will Calhoun in the sense of what influences me and what inspires me, but aimed more towards a jazz audience." This new CD is Calhoun's most jazz-oriented recording since his Grammy-nominated 2000 release, Live at the Blue Note, and his diverse interests remain evident.

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  • Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Featuring Adam Cruz

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3:45 pm
    Berklee Stage
    435 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 ‎ [Map]
    Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Featuring Adam Cruz

    The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a unique, focused group designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. World-renowned pianist Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. The group is taught by a select group of prestigious Berklee faculty, including Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, Bill Pierce, Jamey Haddad, and Allan Chase. 

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    The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through interconnective teaching and thinking, with Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI students produce original music and social projects in the pursuit of peace, intercultural dialogue, social change, and democracy. This specially selected group of young musicians travels and performs internationally, representing the core values and teachings of the BGJI.  

    For this concert, the institute's ensemble will be joined by special guest drummer Adam Cruz. A creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Cruz is best known for his work with Pérez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, and Edward Simon. In recent years, Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Pérez and is a member of the Danilo Pérez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. Cruz's remarkable musicianship has made him one of the most in-demand drummers of today.

    In 2010, he was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record his much-anticipated debut solo recording as a composer and bandleader, entitled Milestone. The album was released in 2011 on Sunnyside Records and received great critical acclaim by the Los Angeles TimesDownBeat magazine, and Jazz Times. The New York Times describes the album as "informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz."  

    Listen to a podcast featuring the BGJI Green Ensemble.

    Free
  • Christian Scott

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 5:00 pm
    ARAMARK/Coca-Cola Stage
    795 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02120 ‎ [Map]
    Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Christian Scott has positioned himself as one of the best jazz innovators of his generation.  

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    Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott grew up in New Orleans in the late '80s and early '90s. At the age of 13, Scott was already proficient enough to join his uncle, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and his band. After graduating with his brother at the top of their high school class at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Scott headed north to Berklee College of Music with a full scholarship. He earned two degrees in two years and eventually launched a music career that has positioned him as one of the best innovators of his generation.  

    Free
  • Robin McKelle and the Flytones

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 5:00 pm
    Berklee Stage
    435 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 ‎ [Map]
    Robin McKelle and the Flytones
    Robin McKelle

    Not since Dusty Springfield invaded Memphis has a white female singer dished up so flavorful a bucket of soul. Robin McKelle’s passion for classic American R&B was first exercised two years ago when she swung away from big band swing to deliver the down-and-dirty Mess Around

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    Not since Dusty Springfield invaded Memphis has a white female singer dished up so flavorful a bucket of soul. Robin McKelle’s passion for classic American R&B—not the pasteurized pop produced by Motown, but the raw stuff that poured forth from Stax and Atlantic—was first exercised two years ago when she swung away from big band swing to deliver the down-and-dirty Mess Around. Now she performs alongside the hard-partying Flytones. Led by bassist and co-producer Derek Nievergelt.

    Free
  • Lawrence "Larry" Watson and the Workforce

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 5:00 pm
    Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
    600 Columbus Avenue
    Boston MA 02118 [Map]
    Lawrence
    Larry Watson

    Larry Watson is regarded as an outstanding educator and civil rights activist.  He uses the classroom, the stage, and the electronic media as platforms for social and political change in America, as effective vehicles for facilitating healthy dialogue on issues of race and class.  He writes the kind of socially significant lyrics that chronicle and document the social history of the post-'60s era in America and their relevance to today's youth culture. 

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    Larry Watson is regarded as an outstanding educator and civil rights activist.  He uses the classroom, the stage, and the electronic media as platforms for social and political change in America, as effective vehicles for facilitating healthy dialogue on issues of race and class.  He writes the kind of socially significant lyrics that chronicle and document the social history of the post-'60s era in America and their relevance to today's youth culture. 

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  • Gary Burton

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8:00 pm
    Scullers Jazz Club
    400 Soldiers Field Road
    Boston MA 02134 [Map]
    Gary Burton

    Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

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    Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, has received a total of 15 Grammy nominations. DownBeat magazine gave him their "Jazzman of the Year" award in 1968, making him the youngest artist ever to receive that honor. Burton studied at the Berklee College of Music for two consecutive years, and afterward started worked with George Shearing and, later, Stan Getz. Currently, Burton is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

    Show: $30 Dinner and Show: $70
  • Gary Burton

    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10:00 pm
    Scullers Jazz Club
    400 Soldiers Field Road
    Boston MA 02134 [Map]
    Gary Burton
    The New Gary Burton Quartet

    Seven-time Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton, who taught at Berklee for 33 years and served as the college's executive vice president, showcases songs from his quartet's new album, Guided Tour.

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    Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. Burton was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times concludes that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

    The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

    Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70
  • Snarky Puppy

    Sunday, September 29, 2013, 8:00 pm
    Berklee Performance Center
    136 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Snarky Puppy
    Snarky Puppy

    With the release of its live, two-disc album/DVD Tell Your FriendsSnarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.

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    With the release of its live, two-disc album/DVD Tell Your FriendsSnarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. 

    The three-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (Best Jazz Act 2008, 2009, 2010) fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical—or most carefree—of audiences. In her seminal 2010 book The New Face of Jazz, Cicily Janus called the group "one of the most inventive in sound and funk since Maynard Ferguson's fusion years."

    The core of the group, now based  in Brooklyn, features Grammy Award winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Led by award-winning bassist/composer Michael League, Snarky Puppy delivers raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.

    David Fiuczynski and the Planet Microjam Institute kick off the night.

    $22 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $25 day of show, reserved seating
  • Kneebody

    Monday, September 30, 2013, 8:00 pm
    Cafe 939
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Kneebody
    Kneebody

    Grammy-nominated Kneebody’s brand of jazz combines sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising.

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    Kneebody’s brand of jazz combines sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising. Saxophonist Joshua Redman named Kneebody’s 2007 album Low Electrical Worker as one of his favorite albums of the year, and in 2009, Kneebody earned a Grammy nomination for its work with Theo Bleckmann on 12 Songs of Charles Ives. The group has a dedicated base of fans in the U.S. and Europe and strives to create a unique sound that incorporates elements of many different styles.

    $15, general admission