Clinics and Master Classes

John Stowell: Secrets of Melodic Minor and Voicings You Haven't Played Before

Tuesday / November 8, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors, allowing Stowell to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The duo continues to perform 30 years after their first meeting.

In 1983, Stowell and and Friesen joined flutist Paul Horn and Horn's son Robin (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in 40 years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, and 1998 Stowell returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.

Stowell continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been artist-in-residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States, and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including DownBeat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).

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Ned Rosenblatt: Choral Clinic/Workshop

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ned J. Rosenblatt is Music Department chair at Sarasota Visual and Performing Art Center in Sarasota, Florida. He has directed choruses, vocal jazz ensembles, and instrumental jazz ensembles, and has taught jazz improvisation, music theory, show choir, composition, arranging, and music technology. Rosenblatt has served as music director, vocal coach, and accompanist on numerous musicals, and was the founder and director of All-Cape Theatrical Productions in Massachusetts. Productions included Les Misérables, Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde, A Chorus Line, and 42nd Street. Rosenblatt has conducted classical choral masterworks by Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Rutter with his high school performing ensembles. He is a published composer and arranger with UNC Jazz Press, and his high school Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles have won numerous awards, including 13 wins at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

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Bill Cantos and Mari Falcone

Friday / October 14, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bill Cantos is a keyboardist, songwriter, and vocalist who has toured and/or recorded with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Burt Bacharach, Phil Collins, Alan Bergman, Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Deniece Williams, and many others. His songs have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Clay Crosse, Cheryl Bentyne, Lillias White, Helen Baylor, Flora Purim, and Maranatha Music. Cantos sings on many film soundtracks, including Rio, Tangled, Iron Man 2, and Wall-E, and has released six solo CDs. He earned a master's in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, as a student of Fred Hersch.

Pianist, composer, conductor, and arranger Mari Falcone has won international acclaim performing with Donna Summer, Amy Grant, Nell Carter, Kim Hill, Vikki Carr, Debby Boone, and Deniece Williams, and is currently part of Dancion, a classical/jazz collaboration with Abraham Laboriel, Juliana Gondek, and others. She was commissioned by the Florence Dance Company to compose The Garden Ballet, which premiered in Florence, Italy; wrote and produced Debby Boone’s album for children The Snow Angel; composes for theater, TV and film; has released three CDs as a solo artist; and served as musical director, keyboardist, and conductor off-Broadway and regional theater and the Groundlings improv comedy troupe. Falcone has made many TV appearances, including the Grammy Awards (twice) and The Tonight Show, is a playwright with several performed plays to her credit, and holds a master's in classical piano performance from the University of Miami, as a student of Rosalina Sackstein.

Cantos and Falcone are currently writing new songs with Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Johnny Mandel and are also working on new musical theater projects.

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12K Recording Artists Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer

Monday / October 3, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Hosted by Steve Wilkes.

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Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Friday / October 14, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Two-time Grammy Award winners, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old time country, and swing music. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion, and many other instruments. Top it off with a witty stage presence and warm audience rapport and you've got a well loved music duo. 

 

An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, Cathy & Marcy have entertained the Queen of Thailand, been keynote singers for the AFL-CIO, performed at hundreds of folk festivals, appeared on the "Today Show" and on National Public Radio. Their repertoire ranges from classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to old-time stringband and contemporary folk. They've toured the US, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

 

They've earned two Grammy Awards, in 2004 and 2005 for "cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins" and for "Bon Appétit!". In 2003, they were GRAMMY nominated for their CD, "POST CARDS" in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. They received another GRAMMY® nomination in that category for "Banjo Talkin'" They produced and performed on Tom Paxton's GRAMMY® nominated "Live in the UK" CD and tour. Tom says, "Cathy & Marcy are at home in a dozen musical styles. They swing you, jazz you, and old timey you till you just give up and bliss out."

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Expedition Quartet

Friday / October 7, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Adventurous String Band Music: The Expedition Quartet with Jake Schepps, Grant Gordy, Enion Pelta-Tiller, and Ian Hutchison have a new album of music by the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. While the group is rooted in the stringband tradition, the result is music—and music-making—that is as fresh and exciting to our 21st-century ears as it must have been to Bartók’s first listeners so many decades ago. The premise for this juxtaposition stems from the band’s whole-hearted belief in the traditional bluegrass instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass) as a highly versatile and unique ensemble. While this curious dichotomy may seem trite, it casts new light on Bartók’s brilliance, evoking the best of his Eastern European folk music transcriptions, his modernist harmony, and makes for compelling listening. For more information on Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet visit expeditionquartet.com.

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Q-Brew: To Book or Not to Book?

Friday / September 23, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Q-Brew: Information about the Music Industry That You Need to Know 101

To Book or Not to Book?—That is the question. This clinic addresses two ever-popular questions: When is your band ready to “play out,” and how do you book shows.

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 and the Professional Music Department bring you a monthly series about the reality of branding, booking, touring, and producing your band in the now. It’s called the Q-Brew series because you have questions and we have answers.

Whether you’re a band, solo/duo artist, or a future business and industry person, please come and join us and our speakers from various fields in the industry for a heartfelt conversation. (Bring your lunch.) We will keep it concise and honest. Come with questions or email them ahead of time to 939booking@berklee.edu with the subject line "Q-Brew questions."

Panelists:

  • Randi Millman—booking agent for TT the Bear's, Cambridge
  • Michael Bishop—booking agent for Brighton Music Hall, Boston
  • Jackie Indrisano—venue manager/talent buyer for the Red Room @ Cafe 939
  • Ashley Willard - founder and publisher for BostonBandCrush.org

 

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Hot Club of Cowtown

Wednesday / October 5, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Since its first recording in 1998, Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging western swing trio on the planet. The first American band to tour Azerbaijan, it has opened stadiums for such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and continues to bring its brand of western swing to a wide range of festival audiences all over the world. But for guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James, and bassist Jake Erwin, it has always been about staying true to their roots.

Remaining willfully out of the musical mainstream, Hot Club of Cowtown has created an international cult following for its sonic personification of joy and unique sound inspired by the trio's namesakes: "Hot Club" from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club of France, and "Cowtown" from the western swing influence of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. 

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Randy Weston Clinic: Musician as Storyteller

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost jazz pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary. Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global musical creations continue to inform and inspire.

"Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest, most inventive beat," states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, "but his art is more than projection and time: It's the result of a studious and inspired intelligence. . . an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique."

Weston, born in Brooklyn in 1926, didn't have to travel far to hear the early jazz giants who were to influence him. Though he cites Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course Duke Ellington as his other piano heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest impact. "He was the most original I ever heard," Weston remembers. "He played like they must have played in Egypt 5,000 years ago."

His first recording as a leader came in 1954. It was during that decade that he played around New York with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham and wrote many of his best-loved tunes. His greatest hit, "Hi-Fly," says Weston (who is 6' 8"), is a "tale of being my height and looking down at the ground."

Weston has never failed to make the connections between African and American music. His dedication is due in large part to his father, Frank Edward Weston, who told his son that he was "an African born in America." Weston says, "He told me I had to learn about myself and about him and about my grandparents. . . and the only way to do it was I'd have to go back to the motherland one day."

In the late '60s, Weston left the country. Instead of moving to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, he went to Africa, traveling throughout the continent and settling in Morocco. One of his most memorable experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival, which drew artists from 60 cultures. "At the end," Weston says, "we all realized that our music was different but the same, because if you take out the African elements of bossa nova, samba, jazz, blues, you have nothing. . . to me, it's Mother Africa's way of surviving in the new world."

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Terri Lyne Carrington

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For more than two decades, drummer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk, and much more. Since her debut in 1989, the Grammy-nominated artist has established a reputation for assembling artists of varying styles and perspectives to create music that adheres to the traditions of jazz, yet speaks to a much broader and more diverse audience.

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Rehearsal, Q&A, Clinic

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.: Evening Show

Admission: 
Free

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