Clinics and Master Classes

Gerd Leonhard Clinic

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 1:00 pm
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Music Business/Management Department hosts Gerd Leonhard, Berklee alumnus, media futurist, musician, and coauthor of The Future of Music (with Dave Kusek, vice president of Berklee Media), to speak about social media and personal branding on the internet. He will share his own experience, trials, and aberrations, and hopes that it will help students find their own way between the hype and the jadedness of someone who has tried it all.

Leonhard is featured in the latest issue of Berklee's Music Business Journal (October 2010). The Music Business Journal is a student-run publication under the direction of Music Business/Management Department professor Peter Alhadeff.

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Lori Andrews and Bart Samolis Clinic

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Acclaimed Los Angeles jazz harpist Lori Andrews and Bart Samolis will present a clinic about improvisation, marketing and branding, promotion, and recording. They will work with the Berklee harpists and their rhythm section. All are welcome!

 

With the release of her eighth album, After Hours, rising rapidly on the jazz charts, Lori Andrews continues to push the boundaries of what the harp can do, bridging the gap between traditionalism and contemporary jazz. She has become a mainstay of the international festival circuit, wowing audiences with performances and interviews. A past winner of the Jazziz readers' poll as Best Jazz Harpist, Andrews and her quartet have been featured at the Playboy, Long Beach, and Sacramento jazz festivals as well as performing for presidents Clinton and Ford and the king and queen of Spain. In addition, her unique style has been heard for years with artists such as Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Michael Paulo, and Mary Mary. When most people think about a harp, they think of music that's heavenly and classical. Andrews has shattered that notion as she has become one of the best jazz harpists in the world.

Bart Samolis is a successful session and touring artist who has performed and recorded with various jazz and contemporary acts including Free Flight, Rod Stewart, Eric Marienthal, Michael Bolton, the Fifth Dimension and many others. Playing fretted, fretless, upright, and orchestra basses, he can be seen and heard worldwide in all media as well as in live performances. His movie credits include Dreamgirls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Ocean's Eleven, Driving in Cars with Boys, and many others. Samolis has also recorded cues for many television shows including Party of Five, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, and Murder, She Wrote. His commercials include IBM, Jenny Craig, Verizon, Nissan, Mazda, and ABC, to name a few. A well-rounded composer and bassist, Samolis has also performed with the local symphony. His forte is constantly searching for a new approach to his instrument. As a result, he has developed a unique voice in the music world today, one that's evident in his recordings and even more dynamic in his live performances.

 

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Eddie Gomez Clinic

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Eddie Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band during 1959-1961. After studying at Juilliard, Gomez played with Rufus Jones' sextet, Marian McPartland (1964), Paul Bley (1964-1965), Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio (1966-1977). He has since worked in a countless number of settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus (1978) and with Steps Ahead (1979-1984), Benny Wallace, Joanne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch. Eddie's recent recording "Duets," co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards. His recordings as a leader include Next Future, Outlaws, Live in Moscow, Street Smart, Power Play, Mezgo, Discovery, Gomez, Down Stretch, What's New at F, Palermo, and Trio. The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker, Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff, and John Abercrombie. In 2006, his DVD An Evening with Eddie Gomez was released, with Eddie and Mark Kramer performing.

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Chucho Valdes Clinic

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cuban virtuoso pianist Chucho Valdés presents a clinic.

Multi-Grammy Award–winner and founder of the rhythmically innovative Latin jazz band Irakere, Valdés has been hailed by the New York Times as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists." He has recorded over 80 albums during his illustrious career and performed with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea.

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Aaron Goldberg Clinic

Wednesday / November 3, 2010 / 3:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His new album Home (April 2010, Sunnyside) and his last, Worlds, both exhibit the sensitivity and dynamism of Goldberg's longstanding trio featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.

In 2004 and 2008, Goldberg produced and performed in historic fundraising concerts for senator John Kerry and president Barack Obama. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and albums, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in New York. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.

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Free

Master Class: Exploring your Stage Persona with Nona Hendryx

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocalist, producer, songwriter, author, and actress Nona Hendryx will be on campus in September as part of the Faculty Development Visiting Artists Series and in conjunction with the BeanTown Jazz Festival. From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles; to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her songs are edgy, provocative, political, and full of double entendres and empowering messages. Her music has ranged from soul, funk, dance, and rhythm and blues to hard rock, art rock, and world music.

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Lewis Nash: Zildjian Artist-In-Residence Master Class

Wednesday / September 29, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
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

Tuesday / September 28, 2010 / 11:00 am
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: 

Lewis Nash: Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Clinic

Monday / September 27, 2010 / 2:00 pm
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 pm
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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