The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Matthew Stevens Quintet

Presented by Berklee, NPR Music, and WBGO FM, The Checkout - Live at Berklee, brings critically acclaimed alumni back to their alma mater for intimate concerts at Cafe 939. The series continues on Wednesday, April 2, with guitarist Matthew Stevens and his quintet, featuring Gerald Clayton (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), and fellow alumni Eric Doob (drums) and Paulo Stagnaro (percussion).

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Matthew Stevens Quintet will be webcast live in HD video at and airs in New York on WBGO 88.3 FM. It will also be archived for on-demand listening at NPR Music and The concert and broadcast start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets, $10 for the public/$5 with a Berklee ID, are available at Cafe 939 is located at 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 617-747-2261.

One of the brightest guitarists of his generation, Stevens will soon be releasing his debut album on Concord Records. Over the past decade, he has performed and recorded with some of the finest contemporary musicians, including Christian Scott, Victor Bailey, Jason Moran, Jeff Lorber, Esperanza Spalding, Sean Jones, Walter Smith III, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Stevens' playing has been applauded in publications worldwide, including The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, and All About Jazz.

During his time at Berklee, Stevens studied with many renowned artists such as Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick, Wayne Krantz, David Samuels and Hal Crook. While still a student, he performed with such jazz luminaries as Gary Burton, Abe Laboriel, George Duke, and Lalah Hathaway. Stevens graduated summa cum laude in 2004 and was awarded the Guitar Department's highest honor, the Jimi Hendrix Award.

He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and South America, performing at some of the best jazz festivals, including Montreux, North Sea, Newport, Montreal, Monterey, Fujitsu, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, and at renowned venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note clubs, and the Moscow International Music House.

Stevens is a member of the adjunct faculty at the New School and has taught at the Maryland Summer Jazz Workshop and at Berklee's Guitar Week. He is from Toronto, Canada, and currently resides in New York.

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 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college's first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing nearly 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 305 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

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