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 [...]

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 [...]

Gianlorenzo Galiano playing his acoustic guitar

Student Profile: Gianlorenzo Galiano (Part 1)

“Besides being a hard worker who constantly challenges himself as a musician, Gian also has an admirable approach to entrepreneurship with his various guitar-related businesses.” – Thaddeus Hogarth (Associate Professor of Guitar) Gianlorenzo Galiano, a guitarist and 6th semester student at Berklee College of Music, has been a hard worker since he started working in [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

          February 6, 2016