Carly Teft is a member of the Berklee Street Team helping to promote Summer in the City concerts to Boston locals. She writes about the June 14th performance at the Atlantic Wharf.
It was another beautiful day at Atlantic Wharf in Boston. The sun was shinning making the sea sparkle. People gathering around the grassy area, eating lunch, having a casual conversation enjoying the beautiful sunshine, but they were still waiting for something. Music.
Starting in June, Berklee hosts(ed) “Summer in the City” concert series at Atlantic Wharf. This was a jazz series featuring the top Berklee students and alumni. It was only the second week and at least 150 people had showed up by noon anticipating the jazz. But not only were they about to hear jazz, but this week was special. It featured the current Berklee big band, “Thinkin’ Big” comprised of all currently enrolled Berklee students. From drums, bass and guitars to saxophones, trumpets and tambourine this band new how to capture its audience.
The crowd was in for a very special treat on this gorgeous afternoon. The band started off with a bang and played through their two-hour set-list featuring jazz and big band standards, samba, current cover tunes and even a few originals from their bandleader, Jonah(?). He arranged all of the tunes and the crowd was amazed by the interpretation; how the band could make the song their own while still honoring its original form. There wasn’t a point in time where the audience wasn’t tapping their feet. “Thinkin’ Big” even featured a samba tune, which made everyone, including the singers, dance in the sunlight.
As the afternoon winded down around two, people left with smiles on their faces; they took a moment to enjoy the moment they were in. Whether it was the incredible view of the harbor with the sunlight glimmering over the water, a scrumptious salad or sandwich they ate or casually chatting with a colleague, people took the time to stop and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of music.