Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther" is one of our top jazz-inspired film scores.

Top 10 Jazz-Inspired Film Scores

As finals come to an end, and students everywhere have a chance to relax, we take a look at some great jazz-inspired film scores for you to relax with this summer: 10). Laura (David Raskin, 1964): The jazz standard “Laura” was written for this film by jazz-inspired composer David Raskin. The soundtrack for this film [...]

Julio Iglesias

Honoring Julio Iglesias

  On May 9, 2015, Berklee will honor one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Julio Iglesias, with an honorary doctorate, alongside Doug Morris, Harvey Mason, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Having recorded in 14 different languages and sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Julio Iglesias has been a staple of the adult [...]

Orrin Keepnews

Remembering Orrin Keepnews

Orrin Keepnews never wrote a jazz standard. He never led a band. He was never a sideman on an influential recording. And yet, Orrin Keepnews was one of the most important figures in jazz, founding multiple record labels, bringing many of the all-time greats into the spotlight, and producing a seemingly infinite quantity of classic [...]

Thomas Kessler (third from left) accepts a second place award at the 2010 Berklee High School Jazz Festival

HSJF Interview: Thomas Kessler (Part 1)

During this year’s Berklee High School Jazz Festival, I had the opportunity to listen to a number of outstanding high school bands. Among them was the Bacon Academy Big Band, directed by Mr. Thomas Kessler. After their performance, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Mr. Kessler about his own musical background, [...]

Bacon Academy band director, Thomas Kessler (third from left) receives a second place award at the 2010 Berklee High School Jazz Festival

HSJF Interview: Thomas Kessler (Part 2)

During this year’s Berklee High School Jazz Festival, I had the opportunity to listen to a number of outstanding high school bands. Among them was the Bacon Academy Big Band, directed by Mr. Thomas Kessler. After their performance, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Mr. Kessler about his own musical background, [...]

Students perform at the 2015 Berklee High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.  Photo by Dave Green.

HSJF Recap: High School Performances

One of the great joys of being a blogger at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival is having the chance to go and listen to a number of high school bands at the festival. This year, I had the pleasure of listening to the Gray Bee Jazz Band from St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (NJ), the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Charlie Lewis

HSJF Portrait: Adjudicator Charlie Lewis Part 2

As we approach the final days before this year’s Berklee High School Jazz Festival, we at the BerkleeJazz.org staff would like to present a portrait of one of the many faces you will see at this year’s HSJF: Adjudicator Charlie Lewis. A musician of the highest caliber, Charlie Lewis is also one of Berklee’s beloved [...]

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HSJF Portrait: Adjudicator Charlie Lewis Part 1

As we approach this year’s Berklee High School Jazz Festival, we at the BerkleeJazz.org staff would like to present a portrait of one of the many faces you will see at this year’s HSJF: Adjudicator Charlie Lewis. A musician of the highest caliber, Charlie Lewis is also one of Berklee’s beloved faculty members. Known for [...]

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