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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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.
We sat down with Matthew Nicholl, department chair of Berklee’s Contemporary Writing and Production for an in-depth interview about his approach and history to Berklee’s annual High School Jazz Festival.
Larry Bethune is Berklee’s Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Jason Camelio is Berklee’s Director of International Programs, Trombonist, composer, arranger and leader of the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Bang and Bending Dogma (octet).
Greg Hopkins is a Berklee Professor, Jazz Composition & Brass; Director, Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra.
Charlie Parker, Newly Discovered Early Recordings We’ve read about how he shed all the classic recordings, but it’s a revelation to hear Lester Young so directly in Bird’s playing on these early recordings, some of which are duos with guitar! Wes Montgomery, Jazz 625 (1965 UK DVD) Wes transcends ‘guitar playing’ and plays ‘complete music’- [...]
Question from K.C. in New Jersey: My question is about using subs, specifically tri-tone substitutions, in a ii-V-I turn-around. I play guitar and am talking about creating harmonically interesting ideas during comping.