The Jazz Hot Spot of the World

New York is the world’s hot spot for jazz. It’s a city full of culture and diversity. You can find many different clubs that offers a variety of jazz for every taste. Nowadays Brooklyn is offering a lot of jazz because Williamsburg is becoming a hip area for young musicians to live in. Some of [...]

Building a Career Beyond Just Playing Your Instrument (part 2)

What was one of the most important lessons you learned from Berklee? “It wasn’t anything music specifically but it was the work ethic. Being here at Berklee and seeing the standard and the quality of the other students calibrated my work ethic and it taught me that there were kids two years younger than me [...]

Building a Career Beyond Just Playing Your Instrument, part 1

In the beginning of October, Berklee held its annual Zildjian Artist in Residence series, this year with the legendary drummer Dennis Chambers. On the last day of Chambers’ visit, an all-star concert was held at the Berklee Performance Center featuring Mike Stern on guitar, Bob Franceschini on tenor saxophone, and Janek Gwizdala on bass. I [...]

Kris Funn here with Matthew Stevens at a Christian Scott concert

The Soulful Baltimore Sound part 2

How did the gigs with Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott and Warren Wolf come along? “Well Warren and I pretty much grew up with and with Kenny I just knew his drummer John Lamkin who also was from Baltimore. Christian came through Washington DC and often because of the state or the economy they can’t afford [...]

The Soulful Baltimore Sound, part 1

Kris Funn was in town recently to play with Christian Scott who he has played and toured with for quite a few years. In his early days he studied computer science at Howard University, later touring with jazz greats Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, and Warren Wolf. Tell me about yourself. “I am 35 years of [...]

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2015

Beantown Jazz Festival 2015, also known as “Boston’s Biggest Block Party,” took place on Saturday September 26th. The theme this year was Jazz: The Voice of the People. The festival offered a wide variety of different kinds of music ranging from Beantown Festival musical director Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project to the legendary saxophonist George [...]

The Father of Drum Sticks

“Listening to teachers and young drummers they are obsessed with playing loud and fast and I hear nothing said about sound” – Vic Firth Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth was one of the most respected people in the drum industry. He was close to many of the world’s greatest drummers such as Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, [...]

One of Hugo Rasmussen's albums covers

Where HU GO, I go

If I could describe what life’s essence it would be love and forgiveness. Without love it won’t work and forgiveness we all need overall and in general. First you have to forgive yourself and then everyone else and those you think have molested you and then I plan to keep on playing music just as [...]

The Bluesy Trio

This Oscar Peterson Trio showed the jazz world what the blues was all about. Aside from Peterson, the classic trio, led by Peterson, featured Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. Before Thigpen joined, the Trio was without drums and instead featured Herb Ellis on guitar. During the beginning of the 1950s, Ellis [...]

Student Profile: Gianlorenzo Galiano (Part 2)

  “Gian is a lyrical guitarist, which is a rare quality these days. His playing has freshness because of it. Also impressive is the range of composing that he does, which is equally energized” – David Tronzo (Associate Professor of Guitar) Tell me what made you decide to start making homemade glass picks?  “I have always been [...]

          February 11, 2017