Clinics and Master Classes

Robin Eubanks Jazz Trombone Clinic

Wednesday / October 30, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Robin Eubanks

Premier jazz trombonist Robin Eubanks will share his knowledge with Berklee students in this clinic. Eubanks, who was won Grammys for his work with Michael Brecker and Dave Holland, has collaborated with an amazing array of notable artists, including Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Eddie Palmieri, Sun Ra, Barbara Streisand, the Rolling Stone, and the Talking Heads.

Eubanks is a professor of jazz trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory. Arrangements of his works are a staple for ensembles at many colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Admission: 
Free

Gregory Hutchinson Drum Clinic

Friday / November 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Gregory Hutchinson

In town to drum for Joshua Redman at his Berklee Performance Center show, Gregory Hutchinson will conduct a drum clinic for Berklee students. For “Hutch,” the goal is to play the drums like Charlie Parker plays the horns.

One of the most respected musicians of our time, Hutchinson has worked with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Maria Schneider as well as many others. His time signatures and beat compositions have won him praise from the hip-hop community as well, leading him to work with Common and Questlove of the Roots, among others.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Clinic

Tuesday / November 5, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Bass virtuoso and Berklee artist in residence John Patitucci shares his insights into the bass, the world of professional music, and his life experience. This clinic will feature performances by Patitucci, Berklee Bass Department chair Steve Bailey, and others.

Admission: 
CANCELED

Howard Levy: Flecktones and Beyond

Tuesday / October 29, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Howard Levy, a leading innovator on harmonica and a concert jazz pianist, will deliver a virtuoso performance—on both instruments at the same time. This master musician and multiple Grammy Award-winner is well known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. In this performance, he will be accompanied by Steve Bailey, chair of the Bass Department at Berklee, and other friends.

Admission: 
Free

Bass Master Class with John Patitucci and Steve Bailey

Thursday / October 24, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci and Steve Bailey dig into the nuances of playing with other bass players, drummers, and musicians in general.

Admission: 
Free

Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble Clinic

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Group will demonstrate many Japanese traditional instruments. All are used to perform gagaku music from 1,500 years ago.

Admission: 
Free

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

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