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 [...]

Building a Career Beyond Just Playing Your Instrument, part 1

In the beginning of October, Berklee held its annual Zildjian Artist in Residence series, this year with the legendary drummer Dennis Chambers. On the last day of Chambers’ visit, an all-star concert was held at the Berklee Performance Center featuring Mike Stern on guitar, Bob Franceschini on tenor saxophone, and Janek Gwizdala on bass. I [...]

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 [...]

          February 11, 2017