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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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Week 34: At Carnegie Hall – Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

An almost forgotten recording, At Carnegie Hall – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane, is a gem of a record. This album, performed on November 28, 1957, at Carnegie Hall in New York City took place after Coltrane left Miles Davis’ group because of certain disagreements with the trumpeter. From there, Coltrane reached out and joined [...]

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Week 30: Weather Report’s Black Market

Released in 1976 under Sony Music Entertainment, Weather Report’s seventh studio album, Black Market, is a jazz-fusion record that soon became a classic. The album combines influences of jazz, fusion, and funk, in addition to elements of groove and melody from different cultures from around the world. An eclectic record, Black Market is still accessible [...]

          February 10, 2018