Clinics and Master Classes

Ramón Vázquez

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ramón Vázquez was born in the Cuban province of Matanzas and at a very early age, he moved to Puerto Rico with his family.
He began music while still in middle school participating in a student band. His first musical steps were with the triangle and the clave. Upon learning from his music teacher that the band needed a bassist, Vázquez accepted the challenge and began his lifelong dedication to the study of this instrument.

Vázquez graduated from the famed Escuela Libre de Música in 1989 with high honors. He studied bass privately and participated in several workshops and seminars including: The Manhattan School of Music Summer Workshop, the Bass Summit at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, and for three years (1995-97) Berklee in Puerto Rico, where he was awarded for outstanding musicianship with a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. Vázquez continued his musical studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's of music in classical double bass and musical education.

During his musical career as an educator, he worked in different projects and institutions. He is professor and founding member of the New Jazz and Caribbean Music Department of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He taught at the Popular Music Department of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Vázquez also actively helped develop and establish the International Association for Jazz Education, Chapter of Puerto Rico, and was elected as an executive member. Vázquez has been extremely involved as a professor and lecturer in various institutions in and out of Puerto Rico.

His talent and charisma have allowed him to work with a great number of pop, jazz, and classical artists, in and out of Puerto Rico. In classical music he was invited as a soloist with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Costa Rica, San Juan Pop Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico while becoming one of the most sought-after bassist in the local music industry.

He has shared the stage, played and/or recorded with some of the best names in jazz and Latin jazz including: Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Eddie Gomez, Justo Almario, Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D`Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Samuels, Emil Richards, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, David Sanchez, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Airto Moreira, Jane Bunnett, and Miguel Zenón, among others.

Vázquez completed his first musical album On The Move, which was released in 2003. In this album, he integrated several music influences and developed a convincing personal style, which led to excellent reviews and a nomination for Winner Music 2004 in Puerto Rico, at the Premios Tu Música. Vázquez is working on his second production.

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Mariano Martos

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A close-up of the flamenco style. Flamenco has a great deal of history, rhythms, polyrhythms, and esthetical conceptions that will be explained and developed. Recorded examples played by real flamenco musicians will be used. Students will have the possibility of playing a bass solo composition with samples or improvising over original recordings.

The focus will be on four basic flamenco rhythms or "palos": rumbas, tangos, tanguillos, and bulerias. Students will work on how to visualize the instrument, focusing on the flamenco guitar techniques applied to the bass as alzapua, the rasgueo and flamenco phrasing. Each rhythm will be explained gradually according to the difficulties, using peruvian box, claps, shakers, rhythmic, and poly-rhythmic exercises. Ensembles will be made in order to practice these concepts.

Different patterns and possibilites of each palo will be worked out, rhythmically and harmonically, combining the traditional way of playing with these techniques. Students will play a song or idea in order to apply all the concepts that have been presented.

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Songwriters Workshop

Friday / November 13, 2009 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Learn from two of Nashville's hottest songwriters, Tim Johnson and Jim McCormick, who have written hits for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and many more.

The workshop is designed to help writers craft their songs into hits and will include introduction to the art of lyric and melody, insider information on the state of publishing and the music business, and song critiques-bring a copy of your song and 10 copies of the lyrics.

There will be a reception/performance at the Cactus Club following the workshop. This is a great opportunity to connect with writers in the business.

Admission: 
Free

Matt Glaser: Songs Your Grandmother Would Know if Your Grandmother Was Hip

Thursday / October 15, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come jam three Thursdays in a row with leading String Department faculty! All string players welcome.

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Mimi Rabson: Conducting Improvisation

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come jam three Thursdays in a row with leading String Department faculty! All string players welcome.

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Eugene Friesen: Thoughts Are Not Facts But Everything You Play Is Right

Thursday / October 8, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come jam three Thursdays in a row with leading String Department faculty! All string players welcome.

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William Cepeda

Tuesday / February 17, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
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The Development of Afro-Rican Jazz, with William Cepeda

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 12:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Film screening of El Trombone de Bomba: William Cepeda's Jazz, on the development of Afro-Rican Jazz. A visiting artist and Berklee alumnus, trombonist William Cepeda will discuss the film and take questions about it and the development of his Afro-Rican style of jazz.

Admission: 
Free

Benny Golson

Thursday / March 26, 2009 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend—a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer, and tenor saxophonist of world note—Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1929.

Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey.

Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz." Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: "Killer Joe," "I Remember Clifford," "Along Came Betty," "Stablemates/Whisper Not," "Blues March," "Five Spot After Dark," and "Are you Real?"

Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written eight standards for jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded. He has recorded more than 30 albums for many recording companies in the United States and Europe under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious writer, Golson has written well over 300 compositions.
   

For more than 55 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for: Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, David Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden), Mel Torme, George Shearing, and Dusty Springfield.

His prolific writings includes scores for hit TV series and films:
M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, The Partridge Family, The Academy Awards, and the theme for Bill Cosby's last TV show. He has also written music for national radio and television spots for some of the major advertising agencies in the country. 
    

Golson has absolute mastery of the jazz medium. He has not only blazed a trail in the world of jazz but is passionate about teaching jazz to young and old alike. He has lectured at the Lincoln Center through a special series by Wynton Marsalis. He has lectured to doctoral candidates at New York University and to the faculty at National University at San Diego.

Golson's musical odyssey has taken him around the world. In 1987 he was sent by the U.S. State Department on a cultural tour of Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, and Singapore. Later, Philip Morris International sent him on an assignment to Bangkok, Thailand to write music for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.  A live performer who consistently knocks audiences off their feet, Golson has given hundreds of performances in the United States, Europe, South America, the Far East, and Japan for decades. Golson is also working on a major college textbook and his autobiography.

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Benny Golson

Tuesday / March 24, 2009 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend—a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer, and tenor saxophonist of world note—Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1929.

Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey.

Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz." Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: "Killer Joe," "I Remember Clifford," "Along Came Betty," "Stablemates/Whisper Not," "Blues March," "Five Spot After Dark," and "Are you Real?"

Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written eight standards for jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded. He has recorded more than 30 albums for many recording companies in the United States and Europe under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious writer, Golson has written well over 300 compositions.
   

For more than 55 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for: Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, David Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden), Mel Torme, George Shearing, and Dusty Springfield.

His prolific writings includes scores for hit TV series and films:
M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, The Partridge Family, The Academy Awards, and the theme for Bill Cosby's last TV show. He has also written music for national radio and television spots for some of the major advertising agencies in the country.
    

Golson has absolute mastery of the jazz medium. He has not only blazed a trail in the world of jazz but is passionate about teaching jazz to young and old alike. He has lectured at the Lincoln Center through a special series by Wynton Marsalis. He has lectured to doctoral candidates at New York University and to the faculty at National University at San Diego.

Golson's musical odyssey has taken him around the world. In 1987 he was sent by the U.S. State Department on a cultural tour of Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, and Singapore. Later, Philip Morris International sent him on an assignment to Bangkok, Thailand to write music for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.  A live performer who consistently knocks audiences off their feet, Golson has given hundreds of performances in the United States, Europe, South America, the Far East, and Japan for decades. Golson is also working on a major college textbook and his autobiography.

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