Joey Alexander with Herbie Hancock

A Young Gentleman at the Piano

On a rainy December night, I headed to The Standard Jazz Club in Copenhagen, Denmark, co-founded and musically directed by pianist Niels Lan Doky (Berklee ’84) to see Joey Alexander, the 11-year-old pianist from Indonesia. I had arranged with his father Denny to come and see Joey play and talk to him before and after his performance. [...]

Chick Corea and Brian Blade

The Grammy goes to…

It’s awards season! During this year’s Grammys, Sam Smith was the big winner, Kanye West once again tried to interrupt a winner, and Paul McCartney could barely be heard when he was performing with Rihanna and Kanye. The positive side of the Grammys featured performances by Hozier and Annie Lennox, Sam Smith and Mary J. [...]

Tia Fuller directing the Berklee Rainbow Big Band at the 2014 HSJF.

HSJF Recap: Berklee Rainbow Big Band

Every year, the Berklee High School Jazz Festival features a variety of great concerts by Berklee’s student-led bands and ensembles. For many years, the Berklee Rainbow Big Band has performed as one of the highlights of the festival. For the last couple of years, saxophonist Tia Fuller has directed this all-star ensemble of some of the best Berklee [...]

Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland at Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen

An Introduction to the Copenhagen Jazz Scene

  A second home for jazz musicians such as Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Ben Webster, Thad Jones, Horace Parlan and Stan Getz, Copenhagen, Denmark, was one of the main centers of European jazz in the 1960s, along with cities such as Paris and Stockholm. These guys would regularly play at the famous Jazzhouse Montmartre, which opened [...]

          February 6, 2016