The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is kicking off its summer concert series with a performance by the Bob Marley Ensemble from Berklee College of Music.
The music event will be on Saturday May 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Derby Square.
Produced in partnership with Berklee College of Music, the free concert series occurs every second Saturday from May until August.
The Bob Marley Ensemble is made up of 15 auditioned singers and instrumentalists from around the world, ranging in ages from 18 to 35. Each singer is part of a class taught by
Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano at Berklee, entitled "The Music and Life of Bob Marley," which delves into the life of the Jamaican icon.
During the semester, Jenson coaches the ensemble to perform his written arrangements of the Jamaican icon's music, which include additional horn parts, reharmonizations, and some new introductions and endings.
The Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble has performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, the Vermont Reggae Festival, Bill's Bar, the Outerland Club (Martha's Vineyard), the Beachcomber (Cape Cod), the Stone Church (Newmarket, New Hampshire), the Berklee Performance Center, and Roxbury Community College.
For more information visit the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival website.