[members-announce] Berklee and Roxbury Community College

Bright Moments w/ Jon Hammond bmwjonhammond at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 1 10:25:43 EST 2005

Hello, JJA'ers-

Thought you might be interested in hearing about this
exciting collaboration involving our friends at


Rising star on local scene, Roxbury’s Tuffus Zimbabwe,
kicks-off new 
series, Feb. 4

BOSTON, Jan. 7, 2005 – Representatives from Berklee
College of Music 
and Roxbury Community College announce a fresh live
music collaborative 
that will put the sounds of Berklee into Roxbury
Community College’s 
Mainstage Theater.  The series will debut on Friday,
February 4, in 
honor of Black History Month with Roxbury’s own Tuffus
Zimbabwe Group.

Music begins at 8:00 p.m. and advance tickets are
$7.00 at the Berklee 
Performance Center Box Office, 136 Mass. Ave, Boston;
and at the 
Mainstage Theater Box Office in the RCC Media Arts
Building, 1234 
Columbus Ave., Roxbury, where they will also be
available the night of 
the show.  Visit www.rccmainstage.com or call 617-
541-5380 for more 
information.  The college has free parking and is
directly across from 
the Roxbury Crossing T stop on the orange line.  The
concert is 
produced with promotional support from The ACT (Arts,
Culture & Trade) 
Roxbury Consortium, www.actroxbury.org.

The Tuffus Zimbabwe Group plays a fusion of jazz,
classical, World, and 
gospel music by the group’s leader, 22-year old
pianist Zimbabwe.  The 
Berklee senior majoring in Music Business/Management
and Film Scoring 
attends the college on a four-year, full-tuition
Berklee City Music 
Continuing Scholarship, which is awarded to
outstanding and deserving 
students from the Boston area.  Zimbabwe’s group
includes fellow 
Berklee students Frank Abraham on bass, James Casey on
saxophone, and 
drummer Lyndon Rochelle.

Zimbabwe cites influences such as the Yellow Jackets,
Abdullah Ibrahim, 
Joe Sample, and Wayne Shorter.  He has performed in
front of hundreds 
of people at a number of public concerts including the
Boston Public 
Library’s Black History Month music series, the Jazz
in July concerts 
throughout Downtown Crossing, on City Hall Plaza with
the Air Force 
Jazz Band, and the 2003 Opening our Doors Day concert.
He also opened 
for Andre Ward and jazz legend Lou Donaldson at the
Berklee Performance 
Center in December.

Says Berklee’s Assistant Vice President for Community
and Governmental 
Affairs J. Curtis Warner about the new partnership:
"Berklee continues 
to remain true to our commitment of bringing quality
music programming 
to neighbors in our own front yard: the Fenway,
Dorchester, Mattapan, 
and Roxbury.  Beyond our partnership with seasonal
projects such as the 
Bean Town Jazz Festival and the City's Park Arts
initiative, we can now 
provide year-round community programming in this
unique collaboration 
with Roxbury Community College.”

Roxbury Community College Director of Visual,
Performing, and Media 
Arts Marshall Hughes has been planning with Warner for
years to make 
high-quality music accessible to the community.  “With
the support of 
our new presidents, RCC’s Terrence Gomes and Roger H.
Brown at Berklee, 
we are finally able to kick-off this beautiful and
brilliant concert 
series of exciting Berklee talent at RCC.”

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Allen Bush
Director of Media Relations
Berklee College of Music

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