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. [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
P-Funk Ensemble Ballroom A at the Hynes Convention Center started filling up; people filtered eagerly in buzzing about the show they were about to see, the quirks the musicians were known to pull of, and contagious excitement charging the air. The story about the Berklee P-Funk Ensemble’s recent performance with funk king George Clinton was [...]
On December 4th, 2011, the Boston Conservatory hosted the Jumpin’ Into The Future: Gunther Schuller and the Progressive Jazz Orchesta performance. This performance gave the audience the opportunity to see some of the most influential and progressive jazz music played by some of Boston’s finest musicians and conducted by American music luminary, Gunther Schuller. Schuller is the former [...]
It is interesting to see how a small initiative taken by a student run club can bring out some of the best gems hidden within the school. You see these hidden gems around, jam with them, grab a coffee maybe, and then walk on without realizing that you’ve probably met the next John Mayer or [...]
For thirty years now Professor Maggie Scott has been a leading force in the Berklee vocal community, enriching students and peers every year.
After last semester’s exceptional Neo-Soul Ensemble performance in the BPC with Bilal, this time we welcome much-anticipated guest, Lalah Hathaway, to Berklee.