Clinics and Master Classes

Paul Simon Clinic

Friday / February 11, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Paul Simon, one of the world's finest singer-songwriters, will be presenting a clinic for the Berklee community. Simon is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including 12 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an inductee of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a two-time inductee of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2007, Simon was the recipient of the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. This is a ticketed event with general admission seating. Tickets are available now at the BPC box office—one ticket limit per valid Berklee ID. No laptops, photography, or recording will be permitted at the event.

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Pablo Mayor

Friday / March 4, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pablo Mayor and members of his band, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra, present a clinic on how to apply traditional Colombian rhythms to the modern rhythm section, introducing various binary and ternary rhythms such as cumbia, puya, and currulao, and how they apply to piano, bass, and drum set, approaching such topics as comping and interaction.

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The Blues with Dan Bowden and Ralph Rosen

Wednesday / February 16, 2011 / 5:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Blues with Dan Bowden and Ralph Rosen

Dig in to the rich past, present, and future of the blues with Berklee faculty Dan Bowden and Media Center manager and harmonica player Ralph Rosen.

Dan Bowden is an unusually versatile guitarist and teacher, specializing in a wide range of styles including rock, jazz, blues, and R&B. With more than a dozen instructional books for the guitar to his credit, Bowden has reached guitar students worldwide. His best-selling titles include: Wes Montgomery: The Early Years, Mel Bay's Complete Accompaniment Method for Guitar, and Electric Blues Guitar Workout. Along with freelance performing in the Boston area, Bowden plays and records with the blues, roots, and originals group Stingy Brimm. He has taught guitar at Berklee since 1989 and is himself a Berklee graduate.

Performer, teacher, composer, and arranger Ralph Rosen began playing drums in 1964 in rock and soul bands in and around Hartford, CT. He earned a degree in music education from the University of Connecticut and a master's in performance from Boston University in 1978. Since then he has performed widely with prominent blues artists, from the legendary Bo Diddley to regional notables like Ronnie Earl. Not only playing drums, mixed percussion, and harmonica in blues, jazz, and experimental styles, by day Ralph manages Berklee's very own Media Center.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind clinic-style event and light refreshments.

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Free

Mimi Fox

Thursday / March 3, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mimi Fox

Internationally renowned guitarist, composer, and recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in six consecutive Down Beat magazine Critics Polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today's scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player magazine hailed Fox as "a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them."

Fox has performed and recorded with some of the music world's most commanding players, including fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Hunter, and Mundell Lowe; Grammy-nominated saxophonists Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Houston Person, and the late Don Lanphere; vocalists Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany, and Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer); B3 organ masters Joey DeFrancesco, Barbara Denerlein, and Lonnie Smith; and powerhouse drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. She has also performed with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and with Patty Larkin's Vanguard Records–produced La Guitara project.

Fox has released eight highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including her two most recent on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Perpetually Hip, 2006's double CD, received rave reviews from scores of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, which called this project Fox's "masterwork" and said, "The two discs stand as a definitive Fox statement. The first showcases her simmering interplay with a quartet featuring drum maestro Billy Hart, while the second captures her breathtaking solo style in an approach that is as harmonically resourceful as it is lyrically inventive."

Fox had already established her credentials as a worthy successor to Joe Pass with the astonishing 2001 Origin Records solo album, Standards. In a glowing Cadence magazine review, Jim Josselyn said, "to say Mimi Fox's touch, sound, sensitivity, and understanding of the guitar as a solo vehicle of expression is masterful would be an understatement. This is simply some of the best guitar music I have heard."

Fox introduced herself to the international jazz scene in the 1990s with a pair of CDs on Monarch Records, including Kicks, a high-energy project pairing her with collaborators such as Joey DeFrancesco and Yellowjackets Russell Ferrante and Will Kenney. Allaboutjazz.com awarded the album a superlative four star rating: "This is a strongly melodic collection and one that swings out stylishly. Mimi Fox is a major talent."

Fox maintains a whirlwind touring schedule, playing major festivals from New York to Tokyo, including tours of the Caribbean, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. International festivals include the Montreal, Guinness Cork, Perth International, and Monterey jazz festivals. Stateside, she has headlined at elite venues such as the Blue Note, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Village Gate in New York; the Regattabar and Scullers in Boston; the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.; the Triple Door and Jazz Alley in Seattle; and Yoshi's and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Fox is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.

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Jim Stinnett: The Year of the Reading Bassist

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Faculty member Jim Stinnett presents a clinic with Dave Buda, Gavin Obrion, and Rich Appleman. This presentation is designed to help you become a better reader of music by offering a methodology for reading practice. Topics include hand position, musical shapes, counting, left-hand technique, practice techniques, and bass ensemble reading.

Stinnet is currently a professor at Berklee, where he teaches arranging and bass. A highly respected educator, he presents clinics and workshops all over the world and is a prolific producer, writer, and arranger with an extensive list of educational publications including Slap Bass Workout and All Cows Eat Grass. He is the founder of the Bass Workout and musical director of the New Hampshire Bass Fest.

His credits include performances and recordings with Lionel Loueke, Ernie Watts, Phish, Anita O'Day, Roy Haynes, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Stinnett is a Le Fay Bass artist.

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Filó Machado

Tuesday / April 12, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the master Brazilian musician Filó Machado for a master class featuring several of Berklee's most accomplished guitar students. One of the great voices of Brazilian MPB (Brazilian popular music) today, Machado is a virtuosic force who will have you dancing in the aisles.

The São Paulo–based vocalist, composer, guitarist, arranger, and producer is known internationally for his infectious blend of virtuosity, soulfulness, and groove. Throughout his forty-year career, Machado has worked with many illustrious musicians, including Michel Legrand, Jon Hendricks, Ivan Lins, Leny Andrade, Joyce, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Johnny Alf, Tim Maia, and Flora Purim. Originally from Ribeirão Preto in the state of São Paulo, Machado has toured in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Japan.

Machado's discography includes thirteen releases as a bandleader. His most recent, Ubida (2009), was produced stateside by Nilson Matta and includes appearances by jazz great Kenny Barron, as well as Cesar Camargo Mariano, Romero Lubambo, Paulo Braga, Nilson Matta, Teco Cardoso, Daniel Santiago, Gabriel Grossi, Daniel D'Alcantara, and Steve Turre.

A well-known composer, Machado has written songs in partnership with Djavan, Aldir Blanc, Sérgio Natureza, Taiguara, Judith de Souza, Sérgio Ricardo, and Fátima Guedes. Machado composed and recorded the MPB hit "Jogral" with Djavan, which appears on Djavan's 1981 release, Seduzir.

In 2007, Machado produced and performed on a series of concerts dedicated to blending Brazilian artists from various generations while honoring the bossa nova. Era Iluminada (It Was Illuminated) included participation by Roberto Menescal, João Donato, Joyce, Miucha, Rosa Passos, and others. Machado has performed on numerous occasions as a guest with legend João Donato, most recently in December 2009 in São Paulo's Ibirapuera Auditorium.

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Percussion Days: Sam Ruttenberg

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A highly sought-after educator, percussion, and drum set artist and author, Sam Ruttenberg has taught professionals as well as some of the most promising talent in the Philadelphia area, including 18-year-old Justin Faulkner, who is a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, and is considered one of the best young drummers in the world today. With a diverse background in both drum set and percussion performance, Ruttenberg has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Perry Como, and Al Martino, as well as touring/recording with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ruttenberg currently teaches at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Rutgers University Camden, and is also an active clinician with endorsements from Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Taye drums.

Published in PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer magazine, Ruttenberg has also published his own book, Drum Tips (HoneyRock 2009), designed to help drummers develop better technique and coordination through increased musicianship. Additionally, he transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book.

Ruttenberg holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.

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Jerome Sabbaugh

Wednesday / March 9, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh will teach a workshop on saxophone, jazz, and improvisation. A particular emphasis will be placed upon devising and implementing an effective practice routine, as well as developing strategies for jazz improvisation and group playing that can benefit all instrumentalists. Topics will include sound production; rhythm practice; different ways to work on ear training; strategies for improvisation, including motivic development and selective listening; developing a personal style; and repertoire practice and composing.

A Berklee graduate and a New Yorker for 15 years, Sabbagh will also talk about his experience making a living as a jazz musician in the city. He will play with a quartet, featuring Nadav Remez on guitar, as well as demonstrate the techniques he is using. Questions are welcome.

Sabbagh has recorded four critically acclaimed albums. North (Fresh Sound New Talent) and Pogo (Sunnyside), with Ben Monder, Joe Martin, and Ted Poor, focus on original compositions. One Two Three (Bee Jazz), with Ben Street and Rodney Green, is an album of standards. Sabbagh's latest effort, I Will Follow You (Bee Jazz), is a freer project with Monder and French drums legend Daniel Humair. North was selected best album of 2005 by the French monthly Jazzman, as well as included in the Ottawa Citizen 10 best list of 2005, while Pogo, One Two Three, and I Will Follow You each got 4 stars in DownBeat. Sabbagh has played with drummers Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Eric McPherson, Jeff Ballard, and many others.

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Bunny Brunel

Wednesday / February 23, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

When Chick Corea watched Bernard "Bunny" Brunel play one night at an upscale London jazz club in 1978, Bunny was unaware of the ultimate significance Corea would play in his future success as a bassist. A few weeks after that visit to London, Chic called Bunny on the telephone and asked him to pack up and join him on a worldwide tour. Bunny quickly accepted and went on to record the classics "Tap Step" and "Secret Agent" with the legendary jazz fusionist.  

The roster of artists Bunny went on to record and perform with is practically a who's who of music industry giants. Notables include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell, Al DiMeola, Mike Stern, Joe Farrell, and a list too numerous to mention here. Bunny was the musical director for the 2007 comeback tour for Michel Polnareff.

Besides his work as a performer, he is equally at home in the roles of composer, arranger, producer, and designer. As a soundtrack composer, Bunny collaborated with Clint Eastwood in creating the main theme, "Claudia's Theme," for the award-winning film, Unforgiven. He also worked on several TV shows, including the popular series Highlander. As a designer, Bunny created a line of electric bass guitars for Carvin and an electric upright bass.

Bunny has released eight wonderful solo albums: Touch, Ivanhoe, Momentum, Dedication, For You to Play, L.A. Zoo, and his latest, Cafe Au Lait. He has also produced and performed with the group CAB. They released CAB and the Grammy-nominated CAB 2, and CAB 4, with Tony MacAlpine, Brian Auger, Patrice Rushen, and Dennis Chambers, as well as CAB Live and the latest release, Theatre De Marionnettes, with Virgil Donati on drums and guest star Chick Corea. These projects highlights his beautiful compositions and melodic solos and show off breathtaking basslines.

Taking an active interest in helping bass players, Brunel regularly gives seminars on his unique approach to the instrument. He has written several books available through Mel Bay Publications, Hal Leonard Publications, and Backstreet Books Publications as well as three instructional videos.

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Chamber Music Reading Session

Monday / February 14, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Missing Mozart? Dreaming of Debussy? Reveling in Rachmaninoff? Come play in Berklee's Performance Division Chamber Music Jam Sessions. Repertoire and instrumentation to be announced. Led by woodwind faculty member Barbara LaFitte.

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