Clinics and Master Classes

John Patitucci and the Berklee Bass Department

Friday / May 9, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci shares his brilliance, experience, and pedagogy with any and all. These events, hosted by the Bass Department, often include a lot of playing by Patitucci, Steve Bailey, and other student and faculty guests. Bring your instrument as the format is often conducive to sitting in! Electric and upright bass, and all other instrumentalists, are welcome and will gain from Patitucci's wide range of experience.

Admission: 
Free

All Styles: Solo Piano Demo

Tuesday / March 4, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Piano Department faculty member Tim Ray will give an overview of all the important styles associated with jazz piano, including ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop, Latin, New Orleans, and others. He will discuss the major pianists in each genre and talk about what makes each style different from the others. And he'll demonstrate these differences by performing the same song in each style, a song that everyone in the room will know—guaranteed. 

Admission: 
Free

Upper Structure Triads: The Harmonic Approach

Wednesday / March 12, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Suzanna Sifter, professor in the piano department, author of  “Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads,” and teacher of the lab “Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2” will be giving two master classes on upper structure triads this semester. In the first class she will teach you how to find and name upper structure triads for the most commonly used chord types. You will learn the formulas for quick tension-specific recall for each specific chord quality. Many practice methods will be explored. Part I of this set of master classes focuses on the harmonic usage of upper structure triads, such as composing open position voicings and harmonizing melodies. Part II will explore the linear approach used in jazz improvisation and composition. Join us for this informative hour!

Admission: 
Free

Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, and the Berklee Bass Department

Thursday / March 6, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Visiting artist Eddie Gomez and faculty member John Patitucci share their talent, experience, and pedagogy with the Berklee community. Hosted by the Bass Department; electric and upright bass players, as well as other instrumentalists, are welcome to attend. 

Admission: 
Free

The Spicy Score with Yuval Ron Ensemble: East Meets West in Film Scoring

Tuesday / February 25, 2014 / 6:30 pm
The Village
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
90025

In this master class, composer and Berklee alumnus Yuval Ron (score and songs for the 2007 Oscar-winning West Bank Story) will discuss and demonstrate the unique properties of Middle Eastern instruments and Eastern musical modes, as well as innovative approaches in film scoring. Ron has consulted with numerous film composers, including James Horner and Joel Goldsmith, on the use of ethnic instruments and Eastern musical styles. YRM Records has released Film Music of Yuval Ron: 20 Years of Innovative Scores. A TED talk presenter, his ensemble has toured the world and worked in film, TV, video games, theater, dance, and performance arts for more than 30 years.

Doors: 6:30 p.m. Event: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Self-parking is available on-site. Special refreshments will be served.

RSVPs are required; click here to RSVP.

Admission: 
Free

Lenny White Guest Clinic

Tuesday / February 11, 2014 / 3:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Famous drummer Lenny White will present a clinic.

 

Admission: 
Free

Benedetto Guitars Presents: The Jazz Guitar – History, Architecture and Performance Characteristics with Howard Paul, President/CEO and Jazz Guitarist

Monday / March 3, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

About Benedetto Guitars: 

Robert Benedetto, son of a master cabinet builder and grandson of a Steinway Piano company artisan, began building guitars in 1968. A jazz guitarist himself, he quickly recognized the need to refine traditional violin construction techniques in guitarmaking while acknowledging the needs of professional players. By the 1980s, he was a premier and highly demanded luthier; in 1993, he published his landmark book Making an Archtop Guitar which launched a renaissance period in luthery. His instruments were soon featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and his instruments became sought after by collectors. From 1999 to 2006, he licensed Fender Musical Instrument Company to build his guitars in their custom shop under his personal supervision; in 2006, he ended this agreement to regain control of the construction process and build on his brand. Today, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. has 16 full-time employees and generates over 300 handcrafted guitars per year from the Savannah, GA workshop, shipping world-wide. 

Howard Paul is the President/CEO of Benedetto. He began playing guitar at age 4, and jumped into jazz at age 10. Following a professional music career and undergraduate studies, he attended Army Officer Candidate School and became a logistics officer and commander during his ten years of service. In 1995, he left the military to become an executive in a steel distribution company, all the while continuing to perform professional with many of the world’s top jazz musicians. In 2006, he left Chatham Steel Corporation to help Bob Benedetto establish Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, GA. He continues to perform in concerts, jazz festivals, and clubs; teaches clinics and workshops at colleges and universities; and oversees daily operations of Benedetto Guitars. He regularly performs with pianist Bob James, guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, bassist Ben Tucker, jazz organist Tony Monaco's Trio, and as leader of his own trio and quartet.

 

Admission: 
Free

Nando Michelin: Candombe and the Music of Hugo Fattoruso

Wednesday / February 26, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando Michelin came to Boston to study at Berklee, where he graduated summa cum laude. Now an assistant professor in Berklee’s Piano Department, Michelin will explain the basic roles and origins of the different drums in candombe, the most important Afro-Uruguayan rhythm. A band of Berklee faculty and students will perform the music of Hugo Fattoruso, who incorporated candombe in a jazz and rock setting through his iconic and internationally acclaimed band, Opa. The evening’s Berklee band, which will be joined by guests, includes Mark Walker on drums, Claudio Ragazzi on guitar, Tomas Latorre on bass, and Michelin on piano.

Michelin’s discography includes Facing South and Common Grounds for Brownstone, Art, Chants, Live at the AJC, and When Einstein Dreams for Double Time, Duende (featuring Esperanza Spalding) for Fresh Sound, and an independent release, Reencontro, also with Spalding. His last album, Como Arboles, features the voice of Sofia Rei, among others, and is a collection of original songs written to poems by the great Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti. As a producer, Michelin has worked with artists such as Katie Viqueira, Teresa Ines, Felipe Salles, and Alejandro Cimadoro. As a sideman, he has performed with Jerry Bergnozi, Anat Cohen, George Garzone, Antonio Sanchez, and Lo Borges, among others.

 

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Clinic

Friday / February 28, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Legendary bassist and Berklee artist-in-residence John Patitucci will present this clinic along with Berklee Bass Department chair Steve Bailey and a drummer to be announced. The clinic is open to the general public.

 

Admission: 
Free

Guillermo Klein Jazz Composition Clinic

Monday / January 27, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Argentine pianist and jazz composer Guillermo Klein '94 has earned a great deal of respect within the jazz community, largely as a result of his long residency at Small's jazz club in New York and his periodic stints at the Village Vanguard with his band, Los Guachos.  

As a bandleader and principal composer/arranger for Los Guachos, Klein is responsible for sustaining a large ensemble of the highest caliber musicians that creates music that is both attractive and unique. Their new recording, Carrera, demonstrates the tremendous bond that continues to grow amongst the members of the band, whose story began at Berklee College of Music, where Klein studied composition and jazz during the early 1990s.

At Berklee, Klein met a number of sympathetic musicians with whom he created a large ensemble, which continued to assemble after his move to New York City. Los Guachos was a culmination of Berklee friends and New York associates that came together to play Klein’s music for residencies at Small’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Standard.

The music of Klein and Los Guachos is striking because it is meticulous, yet it feels extremely natural and meaningful. The ensemble’s ability to pull off such a feat, considering the complicated rhythmic puzzles, harmonic adventures and Spanish lyrics, is astounding and is only achievable when a group convenes with purpose and love. 

Admission: 
Free

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