Kneebody

HSJF Recap: Kneebody

Each year, the Berklee High School Jazz Festival brings in a guest artist to offer a clinic and concert for all those attending the festival; this year’s featured artist was the jazz-fusion band Kneebody, featuring Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, Ben Wendel on saxophone, and Nate Wood on [...]

Alissia

HSJF Recap: Alissia & the Funketeers

“This female bassist is the future face of funk music.” – The Huffington Post Alissia Beneveniste is quickly joining the ranks of Berklee musicians to go on and do amazing things with her music. Like Grace Kelly, Nick Smith, Betty Who, and others, Alissia — along with her band, The Funketeers — is cultivating a [...]

Bob Brookmeyer

Composer’s Spotlight: Bob Brookmeyer

Whenever one is asked to define jazz, it is tempting to cite great improvisers, such as Bird, Trane, Hawk, Brecker, and countless others, yet such a view would be shortsighted. Developing out of Western harmony and African rhythms, jazz reached the peak of its popularity in 1920s and ‘30s with the advent of the jazz [...]

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Jazz in India

Jazz in India has a rich history, and has had a great effect on western jazz and world music. EMERGENCE With African-American jazz artists traveling around the world, jazz began to emerge in India during the late 1920s in cities like Calcutta and Bombay. As Bombay became a metropolis, India’s freedom from British rule became [...]

          February 10, 2018