We are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Roxbury Jazz and World Music Series! As a cultural hub in Roxbury, RCC will host musicians at the Media Arts Center, on the 2nd Thursday of every month, during the 2015-2016 academic year. Each evening will consist of two sets (50 minutes each), from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
As Professor Justin Petty's performance is part of RCC's Kwanzaa Celebration, you are invited to attend his performance on Thursday, December 10th, free of charge! To RSVP please click here.
This jazz and world music series is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Roxbury Community College and Ron Reid, associate professor at Berklee College of Music.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Ron Reid (Ron Reid and Sunsteel Quartet)
Ron Reid is a bassist, steel drummer, composer and educator. He is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music where he teaches arranging, ensemble and steelpan instruction. Ron grew up in Trinidad and spent the early years of his performing career with the Banyan Television Workshop, The Trinidad Theatre Workshop and recording calypso soca and world music with a honor roll of Caribbean artists including Lord Kitchener, David Rudder, Andre Tanker, Ella Andall and Lord Relator. A Boston resident since 1985, Ron formed the Sunsteel Sextet in 1988 and later created the Rhythm Earth Ensemble as a vehicle for his horn arrangements. His latest ensemble is the Precious Metals Project. In the US, Ron has performed with Randy Weston, David Williams, Carmen Lundy, Antonio Hart, Grace Kelly and the Caribbean Jazz Project with Dave Samuels among many others. Ron's third CD as a leader will be released this fall.
Carlos Capacho (The Carlos Capacho Project)
Carlos David Capacho Hurtado also known by his stage name 'Capacho' is a Venezuelan Cuatro stylist, composer and bandleader, though born in Guayana, Bolivar. Capacho has developed an impressive musical career as a cuatro soloist in Venezuela and has garnered much praise and respect for his impeccable technique and dexterity.
In 2007, under the title of "Carlos Capacho and Cuatro", he offered his first recorded Cuatro Soloist project, earning a "Gold record", which included selections of Venezuelan and international repertoire among his arrangements. In August 2009, his new album "Evolution" which in Venezuela, had already established as the bestselling album gained wider recognition and "Platinum record" status with a jazz trio format and a diverse international repertoire.
Since early 2008, he started as a teacher of the Venezuelan Cuatro, at the Conservatory Venezuelan Simón Bolívar. In 2011, he became an official "Global Transformer" in the Young Leaders Global Shapers created by the World Economic Forum based in Switzerland. Later in 2012, he was awarded a scholarship to study jazz Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music. He has been selected to study in Berklee's Global Jazz Institute with instruction from jazz luminaries such as Danilo Perez, Mick Goodrick, Joe Lovano, Antonio Sanchez, David Gilmore, Terri Lynne Carrington, John Pattatucci and George Garzone among others.
Carlos' appearances throughout Latin America have included performances with cuatro artist Cheo Hurtado, Simon Diaz, Maria Tereza Chacin, Rafael 'El Polio' Brito, bandola player Moises Torrealba, violinist Alexis Cardenas and percussionist Diego Alvarez. He has been recording and performing lately with his Boston-based ensemble the Cuatro project.
Arnetta Johnson (Arnetta Johnson and S.U.N.N.Y.)
Arnetta Johnson is young exciting trumpeter who is a product of the vibrant Camden Creative and Performing Arts High School in Camden New Jersey.She began performing at 13 with an ensemble called the Little Jazz Giants. The group has performed at the Cape May and Tony Williams Jazz Festivals.
At the Camden High School program, Arnetta performed with the marching band, concert band, small ensembles and the big band. She has been the recipient of several medals and performance awards including the Monterey Next Generation Award for best overall soloist.
Arnetta is currently a Berklee College of Music senior and thrives under the mentorship of vocalist Jill Scott and jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller. Under their guidance she has been able to perform at BET's Black Girls Rock with Janelle Monáe and receive a Rising Star Award from Scott's Blues Babe Foundation at BET's 'UNCF Evening of Stars.' Among her impressive list of appearances are performances with Shiela E, Terri Lynne Carrington, Christian McBride, Geri Allen, Warren Wolf and Esperanza Spalding.
Arnetta currently leads the Arnetta Johnson and S.U.N.N.Y (Sounds Uplifting Nobility through Notes and Youth). Her goal is to enrich the lives of her listeners through her improvisations and to live in the moment. She brings this ensemble to the Roxbury Music Sessions.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Justin Petty (Justin Petty and Friends)
Justin grew up in the city of Charlotte Amalie on the Island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where he began playing music at an early age. In 1984, he joined the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra where he played the guitar pan before switching to the tenor or lead pan one year later. Justin earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in 1993 and has a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Administration/Television Management from Boston University. In addition to co-founding Pan Loco Steel Band with Bob Lucas, Justin also arranges for several larger steel orchestras in New England including Branches Pan Groove Steel Orchestra (under his musical direction Branches won the local Panorama competition in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002), and in 1999 he helped form the Crystal Panjammers Youth Steel Band on Massachusetts' North Shore. In 2002 he formed the Celestial Infernos Youth Steel Band of St. Cyprians Episcopal Church in Roxbury, MA. He has given lectures on the evolution of the steel pan at colleges throughout the Northeast and the Virgin Islands and had the distinguished opportunity to perform with the late Aldwyn 'Lord Kitchener' Roberts on several occasions.