On a beautiful Saturday evening in June, I sat down for coffee and a chat with the award-winning Danish bassist, composer, and friend, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen. A busy player on the European jazz scene, Knudsen had just finished playing with a Danish/Latvian group, featuring world-class pianist Aaron Parks and Berklee alum Christian Frank; Knudsen’s busy [...]
Throughout my years of playing the drums, I have had the privilege of attending clinics, master classes, and workshops with greats such as Peter Erskine, Jojo Mayer, Kenny Werner, the Joshua Redman Trio, and Dave Liebman. They all gave me something completely different: Erskine spoke about his career as a musician while Werner spoke about concepts from his well-known book, Effortless Mastery, which should be read by [...]
During the nights before Berklee’s Annual Commencement Concert at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, the huge group of student performers attended lengthy rehearsals. The band, backup vocalists, and featured vocalists had more than enough rehearsal time to perfect the performance of their tribute songs to this year’s honorary doctorate recipients. After walking into Agannis for the [...]
Each year, sponsored by the Berklee Jazz Composition Department and Professional Writing Division, the Berklee High School Jazz Festival awards the Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition and Arranging award to a high school student for the best big-band composition and arrangement received that year. This year, the Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition and Arranging award was presented [...]
Ned Rosenblatt is a former high school band director and current Berklee College of Music Associate Professor whose groups competed in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. Ned has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory/Berklee [...]
If you got a chance to check out the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo or Orchestra at the 2012 Festival, you know their lead alto player, Connor Anderson, is a musical force to be reckoned with.
This year, Berklee is saying goodbye to the great Ken Pullig, chair of the Jazz Composition department and faculty icon since 1985. Ken graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1967 with a degree in Music Education and from Berklee in 1974 with a degree in composition before joining the Berklee faculty in 1975. In [...]
If you missed Hailey Niswanger at this year’s High School Jazz Festival, then you missed some thoughtful words of wisdom. Only a recent Berklee alum, Hailey’s talent and determination have conjured up a great deal of success thus far. Returning to the festival as a homegrown hero and featured clinician are certainly milestones in her [...]
There was much anticipation as we welcomed back one of last year’s festival winners and perennial jazz high school powerhouses: Lexington High School. Lexington’s rich history of jazz excellence and award-winning festival appearances set a high bar for the 2012 High School Festival, and director Ken Gable’s group did not disappoint. Lexington High’s combo [...]
If you were paying attention, it wasn’t hard to notice that Berklee Alum Kendrick Scott had a busy and successful weekend here at Berklee College of Music.