Clinics and Master Classes

Bob Tamagni: Chart Reading for Fun and Profit

Thursday / April 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

A clinic for drummers on chart reading and interpretation presented by faculty drummer Bob Tamagni.

Admission: 
Free

Fabio Rojas: Afro-Venezuelan Rhythms Applied to Jazz

Thursday / April 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Jazz drummer Fabio Rojas will teach Venezuelan rhythms from the roots toward incorporating them in a jazz format as well as soloing, blending both vocabularies. Other topics include drum set exercises that implement Venezuelan rhythms in a regular practice routine.

Admission: 
Free

Dawaun Parker: Art of Production

Monday / April 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Dawaun Parker is an American record producer and artist. After attending Berklee on a full scholarship, Parker got his start professionally as a staff songwriter and producer for Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label. Under the aegis of Dr. Dre, Parker has written and produced for Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Parker contributed several songs on Busta Rhymes' #1 album, The Big Bang, as well as Jay-Z's return record, Kingdom Come, which included the single, "Lost Ones." In 2009, Parker co-wrote the #1, Grammy award-winning single, "Crack A Bottle" by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, and co-produced nearly every track on Eminem's album Relapse, which also won the Best Rap Album. Parker earned his third Grammy again working with Eminem in 2010 on the album Recovery. At the top of 2014, Parker executive-produced "ETHER", the debut project from Phil Beaudreau, the first and flagship artist on Parker's imprint High Renaissance. Most recently, Parker earned another Grammy nomination for being a producer on the Album-of-the-Year-nominated Good Kid m.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar.

 

Admission: 
Free

Percussion Days: African Rhythms on Drum Set

Friday / April 4, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Ewe and Dagomba rhythms from Ghana adapted for the drum-set: This seminar will focus on speaking traditional drums languages to represent each limb, establishing high levels of independence, cross-rhythm, and groove. Repertoire will be presented in traditional contexts, followed by contemporary approaches on kit.

Admission: 
Free

Percussion Days: Bob Gullotti Clinic on Textures

Thursday / April 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Percussion professor Bob Gullotti will give a drum set clinic on textures and colors.

Admission: 
Free

John Clayton: Words and Tones

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

John Clayton, Grammy award winning bassist, composer/arranger, and educator, engages with Berklee reVERB student poets to explore improvisation with music and spoken word.

Admission: 
Free

Pizzi-Arco: A Bass Clinic with John Clayton

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Steve Bailey, Chair of the Bass Department, and John Clayton, Grammy award winning bassist, composer/arranger, educator, present an “education BASSed” clinic full of tips, strategies, and lessons learned from experience.

Admission: 
Free

John Clayton Talks Jazz Composition – A Masterclass

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

John Clayton, Grammy award-winning bassist, composer/arranger, and educator, offers a performance and jazz composition/arranging master class with the Berklee Jazz Composition Ensemble under the direction of Eric Gould, Chair of the Jazz Composition department. The clinic will feature student compositions and Clayton’s arrangements.

Admission: 
Free

What Makes Motown Bass, Motown?

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bassist and faculty member Jim Stinnett will demonstrate characteristics of the Motown bass style.

Admission: 
Free

Keeping the Funk: Music and Life Lessons with Rocco Prestia and Steve Bailey

Monday / March 31, 2014 / 11:30 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Reach Out Initiative at Berklee welcomes famed Tower of Power bassist Rocco Prestia for this major college-wide conversation with Bass Dept. Chair Steve Bailey about the importance of healthy decision-making in living and playing successfully at Berklee and beyond.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be raffled.

Francis “Rocco” Prestia is regarded as one of history’s most prolific bass players.  His industry peers have referred to him as the “master of finger-style funk.” Though known for unique playing in his own right, Prestia's renown also descends from his 35-plus years as the bassist for legendary funk and soul band Tower of Power. Prestia has been featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and received its Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has also been endorsed by some of the most revered amplifier and bass guitar manufacturers, including TC Electronic and ESP Guitars. Internationally, Rocco’s style continues to influence up-and-coming bass players. He is viewed as an innovative musician and major contributor to bass style and technique alongside the likes of his contemporaries, including Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, and Larry Graham.

Steve Bailey has toured and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Jethro Tull, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Carlton, and the Rippingtons— and all points in between. He has performed concerts and clinics all over the world, and for over 20 years he has partnered with fellow bassist Victor Wooten in numerous projects, including the cutting edge group Bass Extremes. Most recently, he has been touring with bass legends Lee Sklar and Jonas Hellborg in the three bass group JoStLe, as well as with Wooten, supporting his latest releases, “Words and Tones,'' and "Sword and Stone.”

This event is sponsored by the Reach Out Initiative.  Reach Out’s mission is to provide education, outreach, and resources surrounding alcohol and other drug use and abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and mental health awareness. Our goal is to promote, encourage, and support healthy behaviors and decision-making within the community. If you have any interest in joining our committee or learning more about Reach Out please contact us at ReachOut@berklee.edu or 617-747-3134.                  

 

Admission: 
Free

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