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Groovin’ with Chelsey Green
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Groovin’ with Chelsey Green
Chelsey Green will be performing music on stage at the BAMS Festival in Franklin Park on June 11. Green, who grew up in Houston, Texas, is a vocalist, violinist, composer and Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music who defies genres.
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BLO's ‘Champion: An Opera in Jazz' reflects on life of boxer Emile Griffith
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BLO's ‘Champion: An Opera in Jazz' reflects on life of boxer Emile Griffith
This month, the Boston Lyric Opera returns to the stage for its first full performance in a theater since 2019. And they’re coming back with a bang: “Champion: An Opera in Jazz” celebrates the legacy of six-time world champion prizefighter Emile Griffith.
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Jazz artists bring new dimension to gospel
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Jazz artists bring new dimension to gospel
Gregory Groover Jr., Kenny Garrett, Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, and Javon Jackson have all released jazz recordings within the past nine months that place gospel in the foreground. While jazz has its roots in the spirituality of the Black church, the current phenomenon of gospel-jazz recordings is more explicit and widespread than ever. 
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The soul of Tia Fuller
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The soul of Tia Fuller
Saxophonist, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Tia Fuller is well known as being the model for the character of Dorothea Williams in the Pixar movie “Soul.” As a performer, she has toured with Beyoncé and Esperanza Spaulding; as an academic, she works with youth to tap into their strengths. Her most recent recording, with Mack Records, is “Diamond Cut.” The Banner caught up with Fuller last week.
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‘The Gospel according to Nikki Giovanni’
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‘The Gospel according to Nikki Giovanni’
Nikki Giovanni, one of the great poets of the Black Arts movement in the late 1960s, and Javon Jackson, saxophonist and composer, have paired up to release “The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni” on Feb. 18.
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Jazz, soul and more heat up winter music scene
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Jazz, soul and more heat up winter music scene
A wealth of Black music is coming to Boston stages this winter — jazz, soul and more — thanks to the rich and imaginative programming of such presenters as the Celebrity Series of Boston, Global Arts Live and the New England Conservatory (NEC). Following are a few of many highlights.
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Next Jazz Legacy program to grant fellowships to women and nonbinary jazz musicians
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Next Jazz Legacy program to grant fellowships to women and nonbinary jazz musicians
Next Jazz Legacy, a collaborative program between the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and New Music USA, is days away from granting its first six fellowships to women and nonbinary improvisers in jazz.
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2021’s music to remember
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2021’s music to remember
Jazz musicians released albums this year to celebrate life after incubation brought on by the pandemic. Six albums stand out with enough depth, surprise and harmony to bear listening to weekly. One is a surprising discovery, recorded in 1961 and only released two weeks ago!
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Pianist and composer Donal Fox: Thinking like a fox
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Pianist and composer Donal Fox: Thinking like a fox
Pianist and composer Donal Fox performs Friday, Dec. 3 in a free, mostly virtual event as part of the JazzNOW series co-sponsored by GBH and JazzBoston.
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Genre-defying vocalist Daymé Arocena comes to Berklee Nov. 18
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Genre-defying vocalist Daymé Arocena comes to Berklee Nov. 18
Vocalist Daymé Arocena will be in concert on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. Arocena, who hails from Cuba, defies genres in her integration of jazz, African percussion and the traditional sounds of her homeland.
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A performance of mythical proportions
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A performance of mythical proportions
Audiences will gather live at ArtsEmerson for the first time after a 20-month pandemic hiatus to see the world premiere of “Iphigenia.” Composer Wayne Shorter and librettist esperanza spalding have reimagined the myth with a powerful score and a new perspective on one of the sacrificial daughters of Greek lore.
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Gregory Groover, Jr. delivers the message
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Gregory Groover, Jr. delivers the message
Bostonian Gregory Groover Jr. released his second album, “Negro Spiritual Songbook, Volume 2,” on August 16 on the Jazz Urbane label. A sax player, composer and Boston Public Schools teacher, Groover draws upon his upbringing and current involvement in the African Methodist Episcopal church as well as the rudiments and melodies of jazz
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