Natixis Global Asset Management Presents Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello, Will Calhoun Trio,

  Natixis Global Asset Management Presents Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
  Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello, Will Calhoun Trio, Christian Scott, Robin
  McKelle & the Flytones and More

Boston’s Biggest Block Party Celebrates Jazz: The Next Generation on September
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    Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship Will Be Presented at the Event

Business Wire

BOSTON -- July 9, 2013

On September 28, music lovers of all ages will gather for the 13^th Annual
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival in Boston’s historic South End – home to
several legendary clubs during Boston’s jazz heyday. The all-day, free outdoor
event will offer contemporary jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts on three
stages. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading
asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of the festival and will present a
$5,000 scholarship to a student musician. Past Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festivals
have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans.

“The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is a landmark event in Boston that unites
neighborhoods and exposes communities to exceptional musical talents in a
free, family-friendly environment,” said John Hailer, president and chief
executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas & Asia. At
the festival, NGAM will present a $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music
Scholarship for the third consecutive year. “Granting the Natixis-Berklee
scholarship aligns with our commitment to education and the arts. Supporting
the opportunity for young musicians to enhance their talents brings us great
pride and helps keep music alive for future generations.”

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival –Boston’s biggest block party – takes
place on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue
between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. The
outdoor performances are open to the public free of charge. Highlights include
Meshell Ndegeocello; Will Calhoun Trio, led by the Grammy Award-winning
alumnus and drummer of the band Living Colour; and Robin McKelle & the
Flytones.

This year, the festival celebrates the theme Jazz: The Next Generation, with
performances by some of the genre’s most acclaimed up-and-coming alumni
artists, including Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott; Mike Tucker
Trio featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and the Matt Savage Quartet featuring
sax great Bobby Watson.

Faculty and students also play a major role, with performances by faculty
artists Lawrence “Larry” Watson & the Workforce, The Bell Affair, Matt Jenson
& the Liquid Revolution, and Rick DiMuzio Quintet; and students including
Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors featuring Adam Cruz, Jazz Revelation Records
artist the Simon Moullier Quartet, Giorgi Mikadze Group, the Berklee P-Funk
Ensemble and the Berklee City Music All Stars Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Street
performers Marcus Santos & Bloco AfroBrazil will perform throughout the
afternoon.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival also presents ticketed concerts during the
weekend of the festival:

On Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28, Gary Burton’s 70^th
Birthday Tour stops at Scullers Jazz Club for performances at 8 p.m. and 10
p.m. each night by the New Gary Burton Quartet featuring Julian Lage, Scott
Colley, and Antonio Sanchez. Visit ScullersJazz.com for more information.

On Sunday, September 29, instrumental jazz, funk, and world music collective
Snarky Puppy perform at the Berklee Performance Center at 8:00 pm. Visit
Berklee.edu/bpc for more information.

Berklee College of Music, for the fourth year, is the proud recipient of a
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Berklee
BeanTown Jazz Festival and its theme. In awarding the prestigious Art Works
grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival as a celebration of Boston’s
diversity as reflected in the attendees, music, food, and crafts. An
educational program about the importance of mentorship in jazz is being
planned.

“The next generation of creative musicians is quite strong and, having stood
on the shoulders of their predecessors, are now hopefully prepared for
unlimited boundaries. How exciting to witness and be a part of this process,”
said Terri Lyne Carrington, Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, Berklee
professor, and Artistic Director for the festival. “Mentoring has always been
an important part of the continuance and advancement of jazz, so we are proud
to recognize mentor-mentee relationships this year.”

The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue
with activities including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument
petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals. The park also hosts KidsJam, an
interactive program led by Berklee’s Music Education department, introducing
young children to a variety of musical activities, including singing and sound
exploration, playing rhythm instruments, and creating, listening, and
responding to music.

The outdoor celebration also features a variety of vendor booths offering
foods and crafts from all over the world.

Discover Roxbury's High Notes of Jazz Roxbury Walk is offering tours
throughout the day for a nominal fee, exploring the area around the Berklee
BeanTown Jazz Festival. The site was once the epicenter of music, food, and
nightlife for Boston's jazz community during the 1930s through 1950s. Tours
will organize from the Discover Roxbury booth at the festival.

Check beantownjazz.org for updates and a full schedule of events.

NGAM is also the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival^®.

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 65 years, 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 after-school 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 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys,
Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today – and
tomorrow.

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.

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

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Contact:

For Berklee Inquiries:
Berklee College of Music
Margot Edwards, 617-747-2004
medwards@berklee.edu
@BerkleeNews
or
For Natixis Global Asset Management Inquiries:
NGAM
Crystal Sullivan, 617-449-2126
crystal.sullivan@ngam.natixis.com
@NatixisGlobalAM
 
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