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The Patrice Williamson Group Brings Jazz to the Fenway Neighborhood
(Published: July 02, 2015)

Boston, MA, July 2, 2015 - The Patrice Williamson Group will be featured at Swingin' in the Fens on Wednesday, July 15. The annual free concert presented by Berklee in partnership with the Fenway Civic Association and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will take place at Ramler Park, located at 130 Peterborough Street.

Williamson, an associate professor of voice at Berklee, will sing classic jazz standards including "Close Your Eyes," "Lullaby of Birdland," and "I Thought About You." ¬†Joining her will be a quartet of celebrated Boston musicians: Gilson Schachnik, piano; Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass; Steve Langone, drums; and John Wheatley, guitar. Williamson has performed across the globe, including as a special guest artist during Singapore's New Year's Eve Millennium Celebration, and has appeared on stage with Tony Bennett, James Moody, Cassandra Moody, and Danilo Pérez. Drawing comparisons to legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Williamson was named "Best of Boston" by Boston Magazine and was nominated for Best Jazz Vocalist by the Boston Music Awards.

Tucked away in the West Fenway neighborhood, Ramler Park is a beautiful spot for enjoying music, so this annual concert has become a popular event. Picnics and folding chairs are encouraged, and the event is wheelchair accessible. In the event of inclement weather, Swingin' in the Fens will be postponed to Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Swingin' in the Fens and other Berklee Summer in the City events, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, visit berklee.edu/events/summer.

Swingin' in the Fens is presented by Berklee College of Music; the Fenway Civic Association; and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

About Berklee College of Music:
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world's first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college's national afterschool music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college's first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today-and tomorrow.

About Berklee's Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement:
Berklee's Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement (CACE) cultivates and manages institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance the college, mobilize musicians as leaders, and contribute to the cultural, educational, and artistic development of the Boston area and our society.

About the Fenway Civic Association:
The Fenway Civic Association is a all-volunteer, board-driven, member-supported organization whose goal is to promote and sustain a vital, livable neighborhood. Fenway Civic values the contributions that the neighborhood's arts and cultural institutions make to the Fenway, and is an active supporter and sustainer of the neighborhood's open spaces. Fenway Civic is proud to cosponsor Swingin' in the Fens, among other public-private partnerships that enhance the vitality and livability of the Fenway.

About the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department:
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department offers residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy free performances, workshops, and visual arts programs in parks throughout the city year-round. Tens of thousands of children and families enjoy Parks programming each year. Our special events and free programs bring free, safe quality activities to these spaces and help build community.

More Information: http://www.berklee.edu/news


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