Clinics and Master Classes

How to Audition for Musical Theater

Tuesday / November 19, 2013 / 10:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A panel discussion on how to audition for musical theater.

Admission: 
Free

Cheryl Bentyne Masterclass: The Authentic Voice

Wednesday / November 13, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

In 1979 Cheryl Bentyne joined The Manhattan Transfer (the most successful harmony group of all time, garnering 10 Grammy Awards since 1980). The group allows each vocal part to come together with an unmistakable chemistry that not only nurtures the group as a whole, but lets the individual contributions of each partner come through. From her memorable Grammy-nominated solo in “Meet Benny Bailey” to her portrayal of Lucy in the “Blee Blop Blues” video to her exquisite voicing of Django Reinhardt’s guitar solo on “Clouds” (adapted from Nuages) on SWING, to Miles Davis' solo on Tutu, her talents are much of what is The Manhattan Transfer. Her debut album with the group, Extensions, was a landmark album for the group. Their success had continued to grow, as has Cheryl’s talent.

Cheryl has expanded her talent beyond singing to include composing and vocal arranging. She won a Grammy Award in 1985 with Bobby McFerrin for their vocal arrangement of “Another Night In Tunisia,” from Vocalese. She also co-wrote the lyrics to “Sassy,” from Offbeat of Avenues. She has also added her vocal talent to other artists' recordings: she appeared on bassist Rob Wasserman’s highly acclaimed Duets album in 1989; her voice can also be heard in the soundtrack to 1991’s Mortal Thoughts. Cheryl also teamed up with Janis on the Dick Tracy soundtrack.

Since 1992, Cheryl has released many solo albums, including Something Cool on Columbia Records, a collaboration with the composer/trumpeter Mark Isham; Dreaming of Mister Porter, an original cast album of her new musical revue based the music and wit of Cole Porter; Talk of the Town, her very successful CD recorded in Japan; Among Friends, featuring Corey Allen on piano, Grant Geissman on guitar, Kevin Axt on bass, and David Tull on drums.  

Cheryl Bentyne released two more solo CDs during 2003: Moonlight Serenade and The Lights Still Burn. Her fourth release on King Records (of Japan) is called Cheryl Bentyne Sings “Waltz For Debby,” a very intimate recording with Kenny Barron and Ray Drummond.  

Cheryl’s second release on the Telarc label, Let Me Off Uptown, pays tribute to the legendary voice and music of Anita O’Day. One of the most hard-swinging vocalists in the annals of jazz, O’Day imbued every song she sang with a unique tonal quality, a compelling improvisational style and an innate sense of rhythm.

Admission: 
Free

John Daversa Trumpet Clinic

Friday / October 18, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Daversa is a versatile and internationally respected trumpet, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and BFM Jazz recording artist. He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on world stages such as the Today show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and more. He has also performed or recorded with artists such as Fiona Apple, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets.

In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which is one of the leading forces of modern jazz in L.A. today. In 2011, the band released its first studio album, Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album, to critical acclaim.

Daversa is currently the department chair of Studio Music and Jazz at Frost School of Music, University of Miami.

 

Admission: 
Free

John Knowles

Thursday / October 17, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

John Knowles is celebrating his 60th year as a guitarist. He got his start on a plastic ukulele, purchased with money he earned delivering newspapers. A few years later, he bought his first Chet Atkins recording and began playing along. John has worked with the world's finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel and the Romero Family. Guitarists around the world learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. His Gorilla Song (co-written with his son Jay) is an international hit with recordings by Raffi and XUXA. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John an Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time. John earned his PhD in physics from Texas Christian University in 1968.

"I set out to be a better player than most teachers and a better teacher than most players." John Knowles, cgp

Admission: 
Free

Celebrating Blakey: The Messenger Legacy Clinic

Thursday / October 10, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Messenger Legacy is an elite lineup of former members of one of jazz’s most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. This configuration features bassist Reggie Workman, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Billy Pierce, pianist Donald Brown, and drummer Ralph Peterson.

This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect, and honor the legacy of a man who was much more than a bandleader to all of them. This group has the potential of launching renewed appreciation for one of the most important institutions of apprenticeship in American music history.

Admission: 
Free

Benny Green Workshop 2

Tuesday / April 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Benny Green will present a workshop/clinic.  (topic to be decided, but open to all instrumentalists)

Admission: 
Free

Benny Green Workshop 1

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

Benny Green will be presenting a Master Class/Clinic on Jazz Trio piano playing.

Admission: 
Free

Keith Terry "Body Music" workshop

Tuesday / November 19, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pre-BPC concert event. Artistic Director Keith Terry, pioneer of contemporary body music, offers a deeply visceral, cross-cultural conversation that only the world’s oldest instrument—the body—can reach.
 

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series: Danilo Perez

Tuesday / November 26, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents The Masters Speak Series featuring Danilo Pérez on Tuesday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. The event is located in the Uchida Building at Berklee College of Music at 921 Boylston Street in Boston.

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. On November 26, Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez will be the featured guest.

Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of pan-American jazz has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (such as Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. 

Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez went to Berklee in the 1980s and has led his own groups since the early 1990s. As a bandleader, he has earned three Grammy nominations. Pérez serves as the UNESCO Artist for Peace, artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He also presides over the Danilo Pérez Foundation, a music outreach program for children of poverty in Panama.

Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Pérez. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent more than 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series and countless other jazz musicians throughout his career.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series: Ben Street

Monday / November 18, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents The Masters Speak Series featuring Ben Street on Monday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. The event is located in the Uchida building at Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street.

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. On November 18, world-renowned bass player Ben Street will be featured. A native of Gorham, Maine, Street is considered one of the most sought-after bass players in the jazz community. After studying with Miroslav Vitous and Dave Holland at New England Conservatory, Street moved to New York City in 1991 to continue his career in music. While he is most closely associated with the Danilo Perez Trio, of which he is a part, he has played with Kurt Rosenwinkle, James Moody, and Lee Konitz, among many others.

Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series and countless other jazz musicians throughout his career.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

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