Berklee Bean Town Jazz Festival Free Outdoor Festival
September 25, 2010
Mendoza Vibe- 12:00 p.m. BeanTown Stage Columbus Ave. Considered by critics around the world to be one of today’s finest Latin jazz artists, Mexican-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza’s career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe. Berklee City Music All-Stars- 12:00 p.m. Target Stage 681 Columbus Ave. The Berklee City Music All-Stars Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues. Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble- 12:00 p.m. Berklee Stage 732 Columbus Ave. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. BGJI musicians have played at a host of major festivals around North America, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Beaches International Jazz Festival (Toronto). WeJazzUp- 1:00 p.m. Berklee Stage 732 Columbus Ave. Pianist, composer, producer, band leader, and educator Frank Wilkins is known throughout the United States for his soulful, swinging, sensitive approach to music. An alumnus of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, Wilson has instructed at Berklee, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the New England Institute of Art. Spontaneous Composition with Rhiannon, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel Sr. and Jetro DaSilva- 1:05 p.m. BeanTown Stage Columbus Ave. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over three decades. Andy Milne and Dapp Theory- 1:15 p.m. Target Stage 681 Columbus Ave. Toronto native Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. A recipient of the New Works commission and the French-America Jazz Exchange grants from Chamber Music America in 2006, and voted Rising Star Keyboardist by Down Beat magazine in 2004, Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. He'll be performing with his group, Dapp Theory. The Greg Osby 6 Featuring Mark Turner- 2:15 p.m. Berklee Stage 732 Columbus Ave. Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall, and Jaki Byard. Julian Lage Trio- 2:15 p.m. BeanTown Stage Columbus Ave. When Julian Lage emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Playing a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk, and jazz influences, Lage decided to wait for the right moment to document his own music. Gabrielle Goodman- 2:45 p.m. Target Stage 681 Columbus Ave. A vocal artist, composer, and educator, Gabrielle Goodman has toured the world providing backing vocals for such legendary artists as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Freddie Jackson, and Bryan Ferry. She has also recorded two critically acclaimed CDs on the JMT/Verve Polygram label. The Boogaloo Swamis- 3:30 p.m. BeanTown Stage Columbus Ave. The Boogaloo Swamis combine their rhythmic Cajun and zydeco music with rockabilly, Tex Mex, blues, and original tunes for a hot musical gumbo. Nona Hendryx- 3:30 p.m. Target Stage 681 Columbus Ave. From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (the sweethearts of the Apollo Theater); to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1999, Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Grace Kelly- 3:30 p.m. Berklee Stage 732 Columbus Ave. When it comes to Grace Kelly—saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger—people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 18-year-old wunderkind. Jon Batiste Band- 4:45 p.m. Berklee Stage 732 Columbus Ave. Jonathan Batiste is part of a culturally significant lineage of New Orleans musical families known worldwide. At the age of 8, he was already featured singing with his family in Japan. He later performed with them on percussion, and by 12 had found his destiny: the piano. The Wild Magnolias- 4:45 p.m. Target Stage 681 Columbus Ave. A group calling itself the Wild Magnolias, participating in the local "Indian masking" traditions, and performing New Orleans Mardi Gras music extends at least back into the 1950s. The group's lead member was called the Big Chief, and at least three Big Chiefs are known to have headed the band for short stints prior to 1964: Leon, Flap, and Joe Lee Davis. In 1964, Bo Dollis became Big Chief of the group, having previously participated in other Mardi Gras tribes, such as the White Eagles and the Golden Arrows. Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty- 5:00 p.m. BeanTown Stage Columbus Ave. In 1958, Al Kooper began his professional career as guitarist in the Royal Teens ("Short Shorts"). He metamorphosized into a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with cuts by Gary Lewis, Gene Pitney, Keely Smith, Carmen McRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon, Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, and Donny Hathaway and later was sampled by the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pharcyde, and Alchemist.