Clinics and Master Classes

Lewis Nash: Zildjian Artist-In-Residence Clinic

Tuesday / September 28, 2010 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rhythm Is My Business is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists-from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today-and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Nash developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10. By 18, he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 21, Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city.

In 1981, Nash moved to New York City and joined the trio of the great jazz vocalist Betty Carter. For nearly four years, he toured internationally with Carter. He is featured on three of her recordings, including the Grammy-winning Look What I Got.

World-renowned bassist Ron Carter hired Nash in 1984. As a member of Carter's nonet, quintet, and quartet, Nash toured extensively and is featured on several of the bassist's recordings.

In the fall of 1986, saxophonist Branford Marsalis asked Nash to join his quartet. That active association spanned two years and several continents, and is documented on Marsalis' Grammy-nominated recording Random Abstract, as well as two videos: Royal Garden Blues (directed by Spike Lee) and Branford Marsalis: Steep.

1988 marked the return to the jazz scene of trombone master J.J. Johnson. Johnson frequently asked Nash to provide rhythm duties for his band. That same year, Nash joined the Don Pullen/George Adams quartet, succeeding the late Dannie Richmond. 1989 proved to be an even busier year for Nash, touring with legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. He also performed with Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Milt Jackson.

From 1990 to 2000, Nash was a member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and is featured on seven CD recordings with the late piano master. During this period, Nash also toured and recorded with both the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His impressive discography (over 300 recordings) includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, and John Lewis, as well as new jazz stars Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove. Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rankin, Melissa Manchester, and George Michael.

Currently, while he continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists, Nash leads several of his own exciting groups, from duo to septet. Outside of his many touring and recording accomplishments, thanks to the sponsorship of Sonor drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Regal Tip drumsticks, Nash has become a sought after jazz educator. His lectures, clinics and workshops are as much in demand as his bandstand and studio work. Lewis Nash: Rhythm is indeed his business.

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Lewis Nash: Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Clinic

Monday / September 27, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rhythm Is My Business is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists—from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today—and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Nash developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10. By 18, he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 21, Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city.

In 1981, Nash moved to New York City and joined the trio of the great jazz vocalist Betty Carter. For nearly four years, he toured internationally with Carter. He is featured on three of her recordings, including the Grammy-winning Look What I Got.

World-renowned bassist Ron Carter hired Nash in 1984. As a member of Carter's nonet, quintet, and quartet, Nash toured extensively and is featured on several of the bassist's recordings.

In the fall of 1986, saxophonist Branford Marsalis asked Nash to join his quartet. That active association spanned two years and several continents, and is documented on Marsalis' Grammy-nominated recording Random Abstract, as well as two videos: Royal Garden Blues (directed by Spike Lee) and Branford Marsalis: Steep.

1988 marked the return to the jazz scene of trombone master J.J. Johnson. Johnson frequently asked Nash to provide rhythm duties for his band. That same year, Nash joined the Don Pullen/George Adams quartet, succeeding the late Dannie Richmond. 1989 proved to be an even busier year for Nash, touring with legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. He also performed with Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Milt Jackson.

From 1990 to 2000, Nash was a member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and is featured on seven CD recordings with the late piano master. During this period, Nash also toured and recorded with both the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His impressive discography (over 300 recordings) includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, and John Lewis, as well as new jazz stars Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove. Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rankin, Melissa Manchester, and George Michael.

Currently, while he continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists, Nash leads several of his own exciting groups, from duo to septet. Outside of his many touring and recording accomplishments, thanks to the sponsorship of Sonor drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Regal Tip drumsticks, Nash has become a sought after jazz educator. His lectures, clinics and workshops are as much in demand as his bandstand and studio work. Lewis Nash: Rhythm is indeed his business.

Admission: 

Vocal Percussion: Bob Stoloff

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A vocal percussion clinic with Bob Stoloff as part of Vocal Summit.

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How to Audition: Gwen Leathers

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A how to audition clinic with Gwen Leathers as part of Vocal Summit.

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Self-Accompanist Skills for the Vocalist with Adriana Balic

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A self-accompanist skills for the vocalist clinic with Adriana Balic as part of Vocal Summit.

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Vocal Techniques: Adriana Balic

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 10:00 a.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A vocal techniques clinic with Adriana Balic as part of Vocal Summit.

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Scat Class: Bob Stolloff

Friday / June 25, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Scat class with Bob Stoloff as part of Vocal Summit.

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Claudia Acuña Master Class

Thursday / April 22, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Music, the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based record label founded by Branford Marsalis, has joined forces with Berklee College of Music to bring Marsalis Jams to Cafe 939, Berklee's student-run, all-ages music venue and coffee house. The program, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction, will be presented periodically during the college's academic semesters as Marsalis Berklee Jams.

Whether delivered in the Spanish of her native Chile or the English that has served her well during her years in the United States, Claudia Acuña creates music resonant with determination, compassion, and commitment to struggling for and sustaining her hope for a better world. "The majority of musicians who I know or admire want to make a piece of music their own," she says, while also noting that "words are written for a reason, and the images in lyrics are a key to motivation." The images that inspire Acuña, drawn from her own creations as well as classics of Central and South America, coalesce in her Marsalis Music debut En Este Momento (At This Moment) and create a program powerful in both its message and its musicality. Claudia will wil be joined by John Cowherd on piano, Mark Kelley '02 on bass, and Edgardo "Yayo" Serka on drums and percussion.

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Free

William Ross

Wednesday / April 14, 2010 / 1:15 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
William Ross

Thanks to a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Emmy-award winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, and music director William Ross will visit Berklee on April 13, 14, and 15. While here, Bill will offer guest lectures and master classes, as well as participate in activities related to BMI at Berklee Day on Wednesday, April 14, including an open interview hosted by Film Scoring Department Chair, Dan Carlin.

William Ross is a prolific, award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television. He recently completed the score to Universal Pictures' first CGI-animated film, The Tale of Despereaux, and has composed music for such films as Ladder 49, The Game of Their Lives, Tuck Everlasting, The Young Black Stallion, and My Dog Skip. He also adapted and conducted the score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Mr. Ross has arranged music for a remarkable list of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston, to mention just a few. The records on which he has worked have sold over 250 million copies combined in the United States. He has served as Music Director and Conductor for many artists and occasions, including Barbra Streisand's historic 2006 and 2007 concert tours and the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007, for which he received his second Emmy Award. 

Mr. Ross is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, two BMI Film Music Awards, and was nominated for an Annie Award and a Grammy Award. For more information about Mr. Ross, visit williamrossmusic.com.

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Triple Helix Master Class

Friday / April 30, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Triple Helix piano trio will perform and critique new music by student composers Marcus Bagala, Courtney Swain, Gregory Houston, Marco Scorsolini, Maria Eugenia Leon Mazorra, and Sulene van der Walt, as part of their fourth annual Berklee residency. That same evening, Triple Helix will premiere Greg Hopkins's "Out of the Shadows," featuring Hopkins on trumpet with the trio. Both events are free and open to the public.

Triple Helix has been praised for their concerts across the U.S. The trio is the resident chamber ensemble at Wellesley College. Its members perform as soloists worldwide and teach at Wellesley, Boston University, and the Boston Conservatory. Their innovative programming makes connections between the classic trio repertoire and contemporary innovations, and brings together musical styles that span the globe.

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