Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Colombian Singer Maria Mulata and Latin Jazz Big Band Perform at Berklee in Boston on November 2

Singer and composer Maria Mulata opens the evening with a set of Colombian music that embodies the traditions and multi-layered musicial influences of her homeland.

Then Bernardo Hernandez takes the stage with a Latin big band that includes Berklee students and special guests Victor Mendoza and Cuban percussionist Jorge Najarro.

The concert takes place at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. General admission is $10 and tickets can be ordered online.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Chucho Valdes and Afro-Cuban Messengers on October 28 at Berklee Performance Center

Cuban pianist, bandleader and composer Chucho Valdes is performing with the Afro-Cuban Messengers at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Thursday, October 28, 210 at 8:00 p.m.

The performance is part of the Celebrity Series of Boston, which for over 70 years has brought the world's best artists to Boston for performance and arts-based education.

Tickets to the show are $39, $43 and $49 and can be ordered online or by calling 617 482-6661.

Valdes is a multi-Grammy Award winner and is considered "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists," according to the New York Times. He has recorded over 80 CDS and performed with other jazz masters like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

For a full schedule of performances through May 2011 sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, click here.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

New World Jazz Composers Octet Perform at Arsenal Arts Center on October 25

The New World Jazz Composers Octet, led by Daniel Ian Smith, is performing at the Arsenal Arts Center in Watertown on Monday, October 25, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and members of the center. For more details on purchasing tickets click here.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Guitarist Kevin Eubanks Performing at Berklee on October 21 in Boston

Master jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks is performing a special concert at the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the concert are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Eubanks is a Berklee alumnus and well-respected musician, composer and recording artist with over 100 recordings to his credit. He is best known as the band leader over the past 18 years on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

His concert at Berklee includes ballet and hip-hop dancers, English, Swahili and Portguese spoken word artists, and an MC.

Eubanks' new CD, Zen Food, is being released in November on Mack Avenue Records.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Leslie Uggams Performing at Reagle Music Theatre on October 16-17 in Boston Area

Reagle Music Theatre is presenting Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams in a special performance of Uptown, Downtown at 2:00 p.m. on October 16-17, 2010. The performance takes place at the Robinson Theatre, 817 Lexington Street in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Tickets to the show are $35-$57 for adults, and $25 for children ages 5-18 and are available online.

Uggams is accompanied by a pop/jazz quintet for the cabaret show and will perform songs like Stormy Weather, New York, New York and The Sunny Side of the Street.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Milton Academy Jazz Band Pays Tribute to Cannonball Adderley on October 15

The award-winning Milton Academy Jazz Band, led by jazz musician and educator Bob Sinicrope, is performing a special tribute to jazz saxophone legend Cannonball Adderley this Friday evening, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public and takes place at King Theater in the Kellner Performing Arts Center on campus. For directions, click here.

Julius "Cannonball" Adderley was an important jazz figure starting in the 1950s. Influenced by Benny Carter and Charlie Parker, he played with the Miles Davis Quintet and later became a band leader and composer in his own right. He worked closely with his younger brother, cornetist Nat Adderley, throughout his career.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ron Carter & Berklee World Strings Orchestra Perform in Boston on October 14

Legendary bassist Ron Carter and the Berklee World String Orchestra are joining forces to perform the music of Oscar Pettiford on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.

The concert starts at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 and can be ordered online.

Carter is one of the most widely recorded bassists in jazz history, playing on more than 2,000 albums. As a band leader he released over a dozen albums.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Aaron Goldberg Trio Performing at the Regattabar in Cambridge on Friday, October 8

Jazz pianist and composer Aaron Goldberg and his Trio are performing two shows at the Regattabar on Friday, October 8, 2010, at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 and can be ordered online or at the club.

The Trio, which includes Goldberg, bass player Omer Avital and drummer Eric Harland, is celebrating the release of its new recording, Home, available on Sunnyside Records.

Goldberg is a Boston native who credits his love of jazz from two influential educators: Bob Sinicrope of Milton Academy and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. Goldberg graduated from Harvard College and was a regular musician at Wallys Jazz Cafe in Boston's South End. For the past twelve years he has toured with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter and others.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hayes and Cahill Performing at Berklee in Boston on Saturday, October 9

County Clare fiddler Martin Hayes and Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill are performing two concerts at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

The concerts take place at the David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered online via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000

Well-regarded in music circles for their inventive interpretation of traditional Irish dance music, the duo has forged one of the most remarkable partnerships in acoustic music today. Their performances distill the essence of Irish music while exploring and expanding the tradition in both intimate and electrifying ways.

They have collaborated with filmmakers, modern dance choreographers, theater directors, and classical and jazz musicians, yet their identity remains uniquely their own, rooted solidly in the tradition of East County Clare where Martin was raised.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Runs October 8-21 in Western Massachusetts

The 6th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival takes place from October 8-21, 2010 in restaurants, clubs, and concert venues around the city of Pittsfield in western Massachusetts.

This year's featured performers include baritone saxophone virtuoso Claire Daly; up-and-coming vibraphone player Joe Baione; a return of the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Berkshires Youth Jazz Ensemble.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

African Jazz Guitarist Lionel Loueke Performs at UMass/Amherst on October 7

Lionel Loueke, one of the most innovative new guitarists on the jazz scene today, is performing with his Trio at Bower Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Thursday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Born in Benin, West Africa, Loueke was named Up and Coming Jazz Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and Downbeat Magazine, and has performed with jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard.

The concert at UMass is part of a year round series of events hosted by the Fine Arts Center and the university's Music Department. For a complete schedule of jazz concerts and other musical events, click here.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Esperanza Spalding Performs at Sanders Theater in Harvard Square on October 2, 2010

Jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding is performing at Sanders Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Spalding is an inventive composer and performer whose latest recording, Chamber Music Society, is influenced by classical, jazz, folk and world music.

The concert is presented by World Music/CRASHarts, the region's premier presenter of quality music from around the world. For a full schedule of upcoming events from World Music, click here.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Vocalists Donna McElroy and Amanda Carr headline Melrose JazzFest this Sunday, October 3

The annual Melrose Jazzfest takes place this Sunday, October 3, 2010 at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Tickets to the festival are $15 for adults and $7 for children and seniors, and are available online or by calling 617 957-1697.

The all-day event kicks off at 2:00 p.m. with Jazz4Kids, featuring percussionist Ricardo Monzon and sax player Stan Strickland.

The Melrose JazzCollective with vocalist Donna McElroy performs at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Kenny Hadley Big Band with vocalist Amanda Carr at 5:30 p.m.

Other musicians performing include bassist Bruce Gertz, pianist Joe Mullholland, trumpet player Ken Cervenka, guitarist Tim Miller, and drummer Bill Reynolds.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wally's Stepchildren and Boston Horns Perform in Salem on Saturday, October 2

The 4th annual fundraiser to benefit the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival takes place this Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington Square, Salem.

Headlining this year's event are two great bands: Wally's Stepchildren, the legendary house band from Wally's Jazz Cafe in Boston's South End, playing a mix of jazz, funk and fusion.

They're followed by Boston Horns, a seven piece funk/jazz/soul band that's been together for over 20 years, touring with Tower of Power, Susan Tedschi and others. Joining the Horns at the event is Nephtaliem McCrary on vocals.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available online.

In addition to the music, a number of valuable prizes are being auctioned, including a Fender Stratocaster guitar, a Dahon Curve 3 bicycle and a dining package.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tiger Okoshi leads benefit concert for Boston Higashi jazz band on October 3 at Thayer Academy

Japanese trumpet player Tiger Okoshi is conducting a benefit concert for the Boston Higashi School jazz band on Sunday, October 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, Thayer Academy in Braintree.

Okoshi is being joined by Ryu Goto, Soichi Muraji, Pei-Shan Lee and Joinatsuru Yanai. For more details on these accomplished musicians, click here.

Based in Randolph, Massachusetts, the Boston Higashi School is an international program for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The educational goal of the school is for children to achieve society independence and dignity.

The jazz band has been one of the school's most public and popular programs. It performs regularly at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, and last spring the band traveled to Japan to perform. The band was featured in the summer issue of MassJazz Travel Guide.

The performance also benefits the Japan Society of Boston, which promotes cultural exchange between the United States and Japan.

Tickets to the concert range from $15 to $100 - click here to order tickets online; call the school at 781 961-0800; or contact Bhaird Campbell at

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Sun Broadcasting Corp Launches Sun Music Live Shows at Wally's Cafe Jazz Club this Fall

Sun Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has begun production of Sun Music Live. The inaugural shows set at  Wally’s CafĂ©  in Boston will f...