Richard Evans

Remembering Richard Evans

In October, the Berklee community was saddened by the death of Professor Richard Evans, who taught arranging at the college for over 25 years. A master arranger and composer, as well as a skilled bassist, Evans developed a distinguished career that saw him work with many legends, including Natalie Cole, Kenny Burrell, Dinah Washington, Sun [...]

A 19 year old Grace Kelly performing with trumpeter and Berklee professor Jason Palmer at Lake George Jazz Weekend a few years ago

Women of Modern Jazz

Over the years, jazz has developed thanks to the many revolutionary musicians who have influenced and inspired other musicians — an influence that has extended beyond just the realm of jazz. For example, Erykah Badu has been compared to Billie Holiday; Kimbra uses jazz elements in her modern electro-pop music. At the bottom of the page you will [...]

Herbie Hancock - Headhunters

Week 32: Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters

This week, we are looking at Herbie Hancock’s classic record, Head Hunters. Released in 1973 by Sony Music, this record blends a number of styles; jazz, r&b, blues, funk, world music, pop, and a few eastern influences are all brewed together to make this four-track record what it is: fusion. Head Hunters made quite an [...]


Jazz Across the Pond: Milton Nascimento

For the last 50 years, Milton Nascimento has been the voice of Brazilian music. As an acclaimed songwriter and one of the most identifiable and beloved voices in Brazilian music history, the New York Times writes, “Nascimento is gifted with one of the most extraordinary voices in popular music, a benevolent tenor that floats upward [...]

Snarky Puppy

They Like it Here: Snarky Puppy Beantown Recap

You may have mistaken the pop/R&B/jazz/fusion sensation, Snarky Puppy, for Berklee College of Music alumni; after all, they are basically treated as such. Few non-Berklee affiliated acts receive such acclaim and adoration from the Berklee community, faculty and students alike. Having collaborated with alumna Lalah Hathaway, performed at the Berklee Performance Center numerous times, and [...]

Wynton Marsalis Dedicates Time to Jazz Education

Know Your Standards!

To become a well-rounded musician, there’s a lot to learn. You need to be able to read, improvise, learn about the masters, and keep your mind open to a lot of music. By listening, you will come to know common tunes, known as standards. In other articles, I’ve written about how I have attended some [...]

          February 10, 2018