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Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS Bring Jazz Vocalist Diane Richardson and Friends to Roxbury's Marcella Park for Annual Jazz at the Fort Concert, Sunday, August 4
(Published: July 23, 2013)

Boston, MA, July 22, 2013 - Berklee College of Music and the ParkARTS program present the free annual Jazz at the Fort concert featuring Berklee Voice Department assistant chair and jazz vocalist Diane Richardson, Sunday, August 4, 5:00 p.m. at Roxbury's Marcella Park. Richardson will perform with pianist John Kordalewski, drummer Yoron Israel, bassist John Lockwood, and saxophonist Lance Bryant. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Mainstage Theater in the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College.

Marcella Park is located on Highland Street, Roxbury. Folding chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged. The park is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit berklee.edu/events or call 617-747-6057.

The concert is part of Berklee's Summer in the City series, with more than 80 free outdoor events made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, committed to preserving cultural experience through the power of music.

About Diane Richardson
Richardson's melodies and lyrics radiate honesty and warmth. Her performance style includes a nod to jazz traditionalists with an appreciation of such cerebral composers as Charles Mingus, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter, and many others. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, a B.M. in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, a M.M. from Boston Conservatory, and a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California.

About Berklee College of Music:
Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock 'n' roll in the 1960s, created the world's first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, a music industry "who's who" of alumni that have received 231 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today-and tomorrow.

About ParkARTS
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 multifaceted arts program incorporates the visual, performing, and participatory arts. The 2013 ParkARTS performing arts program, sponsored by Bank of America, will present concerts in Boston neighborhood parks that range from jazz to symphonic music.

About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. (ngam.natixis.com) ranks among the world's 15 largest asset managers.1 As a multi-affiliate company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.

1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2011.

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