2016 Berklee Honorary Doctorate: The Isley Brothers

“Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” “Summer Breeze,” “Harvest for the World” are just some of the many great hits this group of brothers from Lincoln Heights, a suburb outside of Cincinnati, Ohio made famous. The group started as a trio with O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, and Ronald Isley. The group had a long and very [...]

2016 Berklee Honorary Doctorate: Lucian Grainge

This man is number one in the music industry. Lucian Grainge, born in the northern part of London, United Kingdom, has worked for some of the greatest musicians in the industry, such as Sting, U2, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, and many others. He is the chairman/CEO of the Universal Music Group (UMG), both for [...]

2016 Berklee Honorary Doctorate: Milton Nascimento

Milton Nascimento, a well-known Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. His father ran a radio station, where Nascimento was a DJ from time to time. He has lived in several cities around Brazil including Três Pontas, Laranjeiras, and Tijuca. His musical career really took off when working with two samba [...]

2016 Berklee Honorary Doctorate: Rita Moreno

Puerto Rican/American actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno has had quite an astonishing career. The highlight from her career was her role as Anita in 1961′s West Side Story, but this role was only one of many for Moreno. From 1971-77 she was featured in the children’s show The Electric Company, where she was famous [...]

Swang Around the World, Part 3

How do you like the touring life? “I love it! It’s what I want to do; I want to expose young people to jazz music in a different way than done in the past.” Practicing — and how you did it when you didn’t have time? “There was never a time when I went into [...]

Swang Around the World, Part 2

Time at Juilliard “I went to Juilliard from 2008-2012. I spent two years with Carl Allen and two with the master himself, Kenny Washington: the one that everyone goes through, even if it’s only for one lesson. With Carl, it was great spending two years with him because he opened my eyes to things I [...]

Swang Around the World, Part 1

New York City for many years has been the place that some of the greatest jazz musicians explored the genre. As Bryan Carter, a 25-year old drummer from Sycamore, Illinois grew up, his grandmother would force him up in front of the congregation at church to sing; Bryan was also put in front of the [...]

Betty Carter – jazz is about finding out who you are

Betty Carter is known as one of the all-time greatest jazz singers. Her colleague Carmen McRae once said, “There’s really only one jazz singer – only one Betty Carter.” She came from a family where she had to work hard to make every dime; she started working hard early on, a habit that would pay off. She scatted like Dizzy Gillespie, which he noticed when they eventually worked together with Charlie Parker, [...]

photo: Raj Naik

Being True to Yourself

  This year’s Berklee High School Jazz Festival had the pleasure of hosting a clinic with trumpeter Sean Jones, who is also Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee. Aside from recording albums under his own name, he is known for playing with some of the finest living jazz musicians, including Marcus Miller, Nancy Wilson, [...]

2015 in jazz

2015 was a year of many great jazz releases. These releases are some of the more soulful ones. Christian McBride’s Trio released a live album Live at the Village Vanguard that features his trio with Christian Sands on piano and Ulysses Owens Jr. on the drums. The tracks are a mix of very soulful tunes, [...]

          February 10, 2018