Jakob Bro and Thomas Morgan in action

From Seeing to Playing with a Hero

Born in 1978, Jakob Bro is one of Denmark’s most popular jazz guitarists; in my opinion, he is perhaps the best, and is known for stellar collaborations with artists such as Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell (Berklee ’77), and George Garzone, to name a few. If you listen to his music, you will hear [...]

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen in action with Thomas Oakman on trumpet and Karol Domański on drums

Groovin’ from Denmark to Berlin and ‘Round the World

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 [...]

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Master Class With a True Master

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 [...]

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Sitting Down with Willie Nelson

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 [...]

Princeton High School junior Aditya Raguram strikes a chord.  Raguram was the winner of the 2013 Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest.  His winning composition, "Remember," will be performed by Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band on March 2, 2013.

Aditya Raguram: 2013 Winner of the Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition and Arranging Contest

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 [...]

Interview: Ned Rosenblatt

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 [...]

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Connor Anderson, Lead Alto for the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

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.

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Ken Pullig Farewell Concert (5/7 in Boston)

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 [...]

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Hailey Niswanger ’11

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 [...]

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Inside Lexington High School

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 [...]

          January 31, 2015