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Berklee College Of Music And Parkarts Bring A Free Evening Of Cool Jazz To Roxbury’s Highland Park With Annual Jazz At The Fort Concert On Sunday, August 5

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BOSTON, June 21, 2007 — Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS present an evening of jazz in Roxbury’s historic Fort Hill neighborhood with Gabrielle Goodman and opener the Curtis Warren Quintet on Sunday, August 5, starting at 5:00 p.m. The annual Jazz at the Fort concert is free and will be held weather permitting at the four-acre Highland Park on Fort Avenue. Folding chairs and blankets are recommended.

Jazz at the Fort is a short walk from the Orange Line Roxbury Crossing T stop, down Columbus Avenue to Cedar Street to Fort Avenue. Roxbury Community College will provide parking on the corner of Columbus Avenue and Cedar Street. Highland Park is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 617-747-2447 or visit www.berklee.edu.

Goodman will perform original, traditional-styled jazz tunes from her latest CD, Angel Eyes, and some standards. Her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald will include “How High the Moon” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Warren will play standards and smooth jazz selections from Grover Washington, Jr., Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock, among others.

Goodman — known for her versatile pop, jazz, funk, and gospel turns at the microphone - is an associate professor of voice at Berklee. Audiences all over the world have heard her from tours as a backing vocalist for Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, and Al Jarreau, among others. She has performed with the Boston Pops, the Syracuse and Baltimore Symphonies, and with Tokyo’s Yamayuri Symphony Orchestra, and at the Newport and Montruex Jazz Festivals. Goodman has recorded critically acclaimed albums for the JMT/Verve PolyGram label that featured such musical guests as Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian McBride, and Kevin Eubanks. She is also a songwriter. An r&b cut she penned for Chaka Khan, “You Can Make the Story Right,” won her an ASCAP Music Award.

Tenor sax player and Berklee graduate Curtis Warren led the Sunday night house band at Wally’s Café from 1999 to 2004. He has performed with such personal idols as Roy Hargrove, George Duke, Branford Marsalis, Walter Beasley, Antonio Hart, and Gary Thomas. He cites John Coltrane, Lester Young, Kirk Whalum, and Grover Washington, Jr. as influences. Warren finds inspiration in gospel, r&b, and funk music, which he weaves into his jazz. His mission as an artist is to promote jazz in all of its traditional glory to younger generations, while demonstrating its link to popular genres like hip-hop.

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.

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 more than 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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