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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
To get an inside view of what kind of preparation it takes to get ready for the Berklee Jazz Festival, we followed the Boston Arts Academy Big Band during the day and interviewed them immediately following their performance.
Hagai Perets, a guitar player and Performance major hailing from Israel, was featured on Jazz Revelation Records 2011′s Octave, produced by Kevin Brass and Kevin McCluskey. Octave is a compilation of various jazz students at Berklee handpicked by Jazz Revelation Records. His song “Ga’aguim” (Longing) is a melodious track featuring talented Berklee students Burcu Gulec [...]
Berklee alum and saxophonist Robert Douglas Gay has made a name for himself over the years as one of the music industry’s best session players.
“Music is only one avenue of communication and I feel like I’m still exploring different means of expression.”
Twenty-one-year-old alto saxophonist and Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholar Jessica Lee independently released her first album, Persistence, this past April. With no assistance from a label or major corporation marketing team, a brave move in uncertain times: this one is all on Jessi. Self-produced with an all-Berklee student lineup from around the world, the [...]