Veteran pianist, composer, and educator Billy Taylor will present a free public master class at Berklee College of Music on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston.
On the live performance front, "adventurous" is one way to describe the variety of sounds that can be taken in free of charge around town over the next month. Bass master Dave Holland kicks things off on Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. by leading a student group performing his music in New England Conservatory's Brown Hall. On Saurday, Jan. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., alto saxophonist Carl Grubbs will be the special guest with the Makanda Project at the Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. The event is presented by the Friends of the Dudley Library and Roxbury Action Program.
Composer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz will offer two free public master classes and a free concert with students at New England Conservatory as part of NEC's "Jazz Masters Residency." The master classes take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 4, both in NEC's St. Botolph Hall. The concert takes place on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.
Boston-based violinist Mimi Rabson (photo left, above) will perform three free local concerts to premier "The Berklee Violin Solos," pieces commissioned from colleagues at Berklee College of Music. She'll appear on Monday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. in Jewett Hall of the First Congregational Church at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge; on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music; and on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Conservatory. Click here for more details.