Clinics and Master Classes

Q&A and Master Class with Ambrose Akinmusire

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ambrose Akinmusire was a member of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble when he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman. Akinmusire was asked to join Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire went on to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles, where he studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard.

In 2007, Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. He also released his debut album, Prelude…To Cora. He has performed with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding, and Jason Moran, and his debut on the Blue Note label, When The Heart Emerges Glistening (2011), earned rave reviews. The Los Angeles Times has praised his “chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter, or soar.” 

 

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Free

Open Forum with Elliot Mason

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz trombonist Elliot Mason was born in Norwich, England, and began trumpet lessons with his father at age four. At seven, struck with curiosity about his father’s trombone, he switched his focus from the trumpet. By 11, Mason was already performing as a trombonist in dance halls, theaters, clubs, and pubs, covering all styles of music but concentrating primarily on jazz and improvisation. At 15, he won the national Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist Under 25 Award, and after entering alternate age categories the next year with his brother, Brad, as the Mason Brothers, he won the national competition a second time. By 16, Mason left England to join Brad at Berklee, where he met and studied with Hal Crook and Phil Wilson, among others.

Winner of numerous awards for his outstanding trombone performance abilities, Mason graduated from Berklee in 1996 and moved to New York City, where he distinguished himself as a respected and highly in-demand trombone and bass trumpet player. In 2007, he was invited to become a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) directed by Wynton Marsalis. While continuing to perform with the JLCO, he also leads the Mason Brothers Quintet with Brad. As a jazz trombone instructor, he has been a part of Northwestern University's faculty since 2008 and a part of New York University's faculty since 2011.

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Free

Brass Master Class with Elliot Mason

Tuesday / February 17, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz trombonist Elliot Mason was born in Norwich, England, and began trumpet lessons with his father at age four. At seven, struck with curiosity about his father’s trombone, he switched his focus from the trumpet. By 11, Mason was already performing as a trombonist in dance halls, theaters, clubs, and pubs, covering all styles of music but concentrating primarily on jazz and improvisation. At 15, he won the national Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist Under 25 Award, and after entering alternate age categories the next year with his brother, Brad, as the Mason Brothers, he won the national competition a second time. By 16, Mason left England to join Brad at Berklee, where he met and studied with Hal Crook and Phil Wilson, among others.

Winner of numerous awards for his outstanding trombone performance abilities, Mason graduated from Berklee in 1996 and moved to New York City, where he distinguished himself as a respected and highly in-demand trombone and bass trumpet player. In 2007, he was invited to become a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) directed by Wynton Marsalis. While continuing to perform with the JLCO, he also leads the Mason Brothers Quintet with Brad. As a jazz trombone instructor, he has been a part of Northwestern University's faculty since 2008 and a part of New York University's faculty since 2011.

 

Admission: 
Free

Open Forum with Ambrose Akinmusire

Thursday / March 12, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ambrose Akinmusire was a member of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble when he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman. Akinmusire was asked to join Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire went on to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles, where he studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard.

In 2007, Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. He also released his debut album, Prelude…To Cora. He has performed with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding, and Jason Moran, and his debut on the Blue Note label, When The Heart Emerges Glistening (2011), earned rave reviews. DownBeat has described his playing as “spectacular and not at all shy."

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Free

Improvisation Master Class with Marshall Gilkes

Tuesday / April 7, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz trombonist and composer Marshall Gilkes is forging new ground. For each of the past four years, he has been voted a Rising Star in Downbeat's annual critics poll, and he has received critical acclaim from audiences and journalists worldwide. In 2003, he was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. As a leader, Gilkes has three critically acclaimed releases: Edenderry (2004) with the Marshall Gilkes Quartet, Lost Words (2008), and Sound Stories (2012). All three albums showcase Gilkes's unique composition style, which JazzReview.com calls "supremely artful."

In addition to his work as a leader, Gilkes is also a member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Edmar Castañeda Trio, and a former member of the Richard Bona Group. From 2010 to 2014, he was a member of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He has taught and presented master classes at institutions around the world, including the Banff Centre, Berklee College of Music, and the Brubeck Institute. Gilkes is a graduate of the Juilliard School and an artist for Edwards Instruments.

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Free

Clinic with Katie Thiroux

Wednesday / February 4, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

WGBO presents a clinic with jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux. She received a presidential scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2006, and within her first year, she gained the attention of Terri Lyne Carrington and Branford Marsalis and performed at festivals in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America both as a sideman and leader. Upon returning to her native Los Angeles, she formed a quartet of the brightest young talents in jazz, featuring Graham Dechter, Matt Witek, and Roger Neumann. 

Thiroux recently completed her self-titled debut album under the guidance of her mentor, John Clayton, and coproducer, the Grammy Award–winning Jeff Hamilton; it is set to be released in January 2015. DownBeat author and critic Kirk Silsbee remarks, "Her musicality, swinging drive, and attention to detail are values seldom heard in players of her age group." 

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Free

2014 Music Education Symposium

Tuesday / November 18, 2014 / 9:00 am
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join Scott Shuler, Richard Wells, Sandra Doneski, and others to learn about the new National Arts Standards and the Common Core and how to apply them in the music education classroom.

 

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Free Admission

PWMTD Visiting Artist Event with Record Producer, Tony Berg

Friday / October 31, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Los Angeles record producer, record executive (Geffen; Virgin; Three Records), studio owner (Zeitgeist), and guitarist Tony Berg is a mong the most active and prolific in the music business with credits ranging from Public Image, Ltd. to Jesca Hoop and Peter Gabriel.  Join this industry legend as he discusses record making, songwriting, the Los Angeles music scene, and how to build and maintain a career in the arts.  Open to all.

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Free

John Storyk-Recording Studio Design

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

John Storyk, architect and acoustician, and designer of the new Berklee Valencia and 160 Mass. Avenue recording studios, is a founding partner (along with his wife Beth Walters) of the Walters-Storyk Design Group.  John's presentation will include many examples of production facilities as well as discussion of basic acoustic principles used in their design and construction.  

Open to all.

 

 

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Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Forum Featuring Joe Lovano

Wednesday / December 10, 2014 / 4:00 pm
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

 

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Free

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