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Swingin' In Mothers Rest: Free Outdoor Concert Series July 11-25

Berklee College of Music, the Fenway Civic Association, and ParkARTS present the free outdoor jazz concert series Swingin’ in Mothers Rest, Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (weather permitting), at Mothers Rest playground, located down the stairs from the Boylston St. bridge in the Back Bay Fens, at the corner of Boylston St. and The Fenway, Boston, MA. Folding chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners are encouraged. For more information please call 617-747-2447. The ninth-annual Swingin’ in Mothers Rest is co-sponsored by Bank of America, Piano Forte, and the Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust.

Swingin’ in Mothers Rest is a way of bringing families and people of all ages together to experience live jazz in this historic park. This year, Swingin’ in Mothers Rest presents Berklee’s talented up-and-coming students, and renowned professors and alumni, performing a variety of jazz styles, including Latin, contemporary, and standards. "Swingin’ in Mothers Rest continues to present some of the world’s finest musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the Back Bay Fens," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "We invite music fans of all ages to come down and enjoy these great performances made possible by our ongoing partnership with Berklee College of Music and the Fenway Civic Association."

Wednesday, July 11 - Mili Bermejo’s De Tierra: Mili Bermejo is a vocalist, composer, and Berklee professor whose music transcends the borders between cultures and musical genres, blending the beautiful stories and infectious rhythms of Latin American poetry and folk with social awareness and jazz improvisation. De Tierra, Bermejo’s new album, documents her ensemble - pianist Tim Ray, guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, bassist Dan Greenspan, drummer Bertram Lehmann, percussionist Ernesto Diaz, and vocalists Alex Alvear and Karina Colis - performing live at Scullers Jazz Club. The album is Bermejo’s expression of hope and meaning in response to the violence and instability in the world today. Inspired by compositions that spoke to a similar darkness in the turbulent environment of her native Mexico City in the 1970s, the band’s music is a mix of original compositions and arrangements of work by various Latin American composers and poets.

Wednesday, July 18 - Josh Connelly Band: Berklee student Josh Connelly, a native of New Orleans, LA, is a talented multi-instrumentalist who began playing drums in church at age 4. He was introduced to piano at 10, and quickly taught himself to play before discovering his love of guitar at 12. Connelly attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) Riverfront, where he studied under saxophonist Donald Harrison and the late clarinetist Alvin Batiste. In the summer of 2004, he attended Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program, after which he was awarded a scholarship to attend the college full-time. Before coming to Berklee, Connelly had the opportunity to perform in his hometown with artists including The Batiste Brothers Band, Maurice Brown, Billy Cobham, original members of the Headhunters and the Meters, Papa Grows Funk, the Neville Brothers, Eric Krasno of Soulive, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Wednesday, July 25 - Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop directed by Terri Lyne Carrington and Rick DiMuzio: The Berklee Jazz Workshop is comprised of the best and brightest high school jazz players from around the country who are studying at Berklee under acclaimed drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, Artistic Director of the Summer Jazz Workshop during the Five-Week Summer Performance Program. Co-directing the ensemble is saxophonist Rick DiMuzio, Assistant Professor of Ear Training. The ensemble plans to play standards, jazz arrangements of popular songwriters, and original student compositions. A native of Medford, MA, Carrington received a full scholarship to Berklee at age 11. She later became the drummer for The Arsenio Hall Show, toured with Herbie Hancock, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. DiMuzio has performed with Bill Pierce, Danilo Perez, James Williams, and Bob Moses, and released his solo debut, First Offerings.

Now in its 11th year, ParkARTS began as Mayor Thomas M. Menino's initiative to present a yearlong program of arts and culture related programs and events in Boston's park system. ParkARTS, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's multi faceted arts program, incorporates the visual, performing, and participatory arts. The 2007 ParkARTS performing arts program, sponsored by Bank of America, presents concerts at Boston neighborhood parks that range from jazz to symphonic music. Over 80 participatory arts programs will be offered including arts and crafts workshops and landscape watercolor painting classes.

The Fenway Civic Association, the area's oldest community organization, works with residents, public agencies, and institutions to enhance urban living for residents and visitors. Run entirely by volunteers, it sponsors an annual Rose Garden picnic, Back Bay Fens Bird Walk, and other civic events that highlight Olmsted's historic parks and the natural, cultural, and academic riches of the Fenway. For more information about the Fenway Civic Association, please visit www.fenwaycivic.org.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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  • Artist / Group Name: Bermejo
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