Clinics and Master Classes

Percussion Days: Bob Gullotti Clinic on Textures

Thursday / April 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Percussion professor Bob Gullotti will give a drum set clinic on textures and colors.

Admission: 
Free

John Clayton: Words and Tones

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

John Clayton, Grammy award winning bassist, composer/arranger, and educator, engages with Berklee reVERB student poets to explore improvisation with music and spoken word.

Admission: 
Free

Pizzi-Arco: A Bass Clinic with John Clayton

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Steve Bailey, Chair of the Bass Department, and John Clayton, Grammy award winning bassist, composer/arranger, educator, present an “education BASSed” clinic full of tips, strategies, and lessons learned from experience.

Admission: 
Free

John Clayton Talks Jazz Composition – A Masterclass

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

John Clayton, Grammy award-winning bassist, composer/arranger, and educator, offers a performance and jazz composition/arranging master class with the Berklee Jazz Composition Ensemble under the direction of Eric Gould, Chair of the Jazz Composition department. The clinic will feature student compositions and Clayton’s arrangements.

Admission: 
Free

What Makes Motown Bass, Motown?

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bassist and faculty member Jim Stinnett will demonstrate characteristics of the Motown bass style.

Admission: 
Free

Keeping the Funk: Music and Life Lessons with Rocco Prestia and Steve Bailey

Monday / March 31, 2014 / 11:30 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Reach Out Initiative at Berklee welcomes famed Tower of Power bassist Rocco Prestia for this major college-wide conversation with Bass Dept. Chair Steve Bailey about the importance of healthy decision-making in living and playing successfully at Berklee and beyond.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be raffled.

Francis “Rocco” Prestia is regarded as one of history’s most prolific bass players.  His industry peers have referred to him as the “master of finger-style funk.” Though known for unique playing in his own right, Prestia's renown also descends from his 35-plus years as the bassist for legendary funk and soul band Tower of Power. Prestia has been featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and received its Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has also been endorsed by some of the most revered amplifier and bass guitar manufacturers, including TC Electronic and ESP Guitars. Internationally, Rocco’s style continues to influence up-and-coming bass players. He is viewed as an innovative musician and major contributor to bass style and technique alongside the likes of his contemporaries, including Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, and Larry Graham.

Steve Bailey has toured and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Jethro Tull, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Carlton, and the Rippingtons— and all points in between. He has performed concerts and clinics all over the world, and for over 20 years he has partnered with fellow bassist Victor Wooten in numerous projects, including the cutting edge group Bass Extremes. Most recently, he has been touring with bass legends Lee Sklar and Jonas Hellborg in the three bass group JoStLe, as well as with Wooten, supporting his latest releases, “Words and Tones,'' and "Sword and Stone.”

This event is sponsored by the Reach Out Initiative.  Reach Out’s mission is to provide education, outreach, and resources surrounding alcohol and other drug use and abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and mental health awareness. Our goal is to promote, encourage, and support healthy behaviors and decision-making within the community. If you have any interest in joining our committee or learning more about Reach Out please contact us at ReachOut@berklee.edu or 617-747-3134.                  

 

Admission: 
Free

Q&A with Shawn Colvin

Friday / March 28, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are works of craft and catharsis that become treasured lifetime companions for their listeners. In the 25 years since the release of her debut album, she has won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for the hit single "Sunny Came Home," and has been nominated for another seven.

Colvin has released 10 albums, appeared on many television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, maintained a demanding national and international touring schedule, and created a remarkable canon of work. Over the years, she has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, James Taylor, and Lyle Lovett. The Guardian newspaper praised her “…extraordinary songs, mesmerising guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes.”

Please join us for a Q&A with Shawn Colvin, hosted by Matt Glaser, where we will discuss her music, influences, and career.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Composition with Maria Schneider and Geri Allen

Friday / April 25, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Grammy-winning composers Maria Schneider and Geri Allen will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers

Admission: 
Free

Improvisation Workshop with Terence Blanchard

Thursday / April 24, 2014 / 11:00 a.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will conduct a workshop exploring improvisational techniques from his unique perspective. Blanchard is a former member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, a noted film composer, recording artist, and a highly successful bandleader.

Admission: 
Free

Cheryl Bentine Master Class

Friday / April 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Grammy Award-winning member of Manhattan Transfer, Cheryl Bentyne, shares her singing and performing experiences with vocalists, instrumentalists, and all interested parties.

Admission: 
Free

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