Clinics and Master Classes

John Knowles

Thursday / October 17, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

John Knowles is celebrating his 60th year as a guitarist. He got his start on a plastic ukulele, purchased with money he earned delivering newspapers. A few years later, he bought his first Chet Atkins recording and began playing along. John has worked with the world's finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel and the Romero Family. Guitarists around the world learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. His Gorilla Song (co-written with his son Jay) is an international hit with recordings by Raffi and XUXA. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John an Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time. John earned his PhD in physics from Texas Christian University in 1968.

"I set out to be a better player than most teachers and a better teacher than most players." John Knowles, cgp

Admission: 
Free

Celebrating Blakey: The Messenger Legacy Clinic

Thursday / October 10, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Messenger Legacy is an elite lineup of former members of one of jazz’s most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. This configuration features bassist Reggie Workman, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Billy Pierce, pianist Donald Brown, and drummer Ralph Peterson.

This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect, and honor the legacy of a man who was much more than a bandleader to all of them. This group has the potential of launching renewed appreciation for one of the most important institutions of apprenticeship in American music history.

Admission: 
Free

Benny Green Workshop 2

Tuesday / April 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Benny Green will present a workshop/clinic.  (topic to be decided, but open to all instrumentalists)

Admission: 
Free

Benny Green Workshop 1

Monday / April 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Benny Green will be presenting a Master Class/Clinic on Jazz Trio piano playing.

Admission: 
Free

Keith Terry "Body Music" workshop

Tuesday / November 19, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pre-BPC concert event. Artistic Director Keith Terry, pioneer of contemporary body music, offers a deeply visceral, cross-cultural conversation that only the world’s oldest instrument—the body—can reach.
 

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series: Danilo Perez

Tuesday / November 26, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents The Masters Speak Series featuring Danilo Pérez on Tuesday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. The event is located in the Uchida Building at Berklee College of Music at 921 Boylston Street in Boston.

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. On November 26, Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez will be the featured guest.

Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of pan-American jazz has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (such as Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. 

Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez went to Berklee in the 1980s and has led his own groups since the early 1990s. As a bandleader, he has earned three Grammy nominations. Pérez serves as the UNESCO Artist for Peace, artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He also presides over the Danilo Pérez Foundation, a music outreach program for children of poverty in Panama.

Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Pérez. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent more than 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series and countless other jazz musicians throughout his career.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series: Ben Street

Monday / November 18, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents The Masters Speak Series featuring Ben Street on Monday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. The event is located in the Uchida building at Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street.

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. On November 18, world-renowned bass player Ben Street will be featured. A native of Gorham, Maine, Street is considered one of the most sought-after bass players in the jazz community. After studying with Miroslav Vitous and Dave Holland at New England Conservatory, Street moved to New York City in 1991 to continue his career in music. While he is most closely associated with the Danilo Perez Trio, of which he is a part, he has played with Kurt Rosenwinkle, James Moody, and Lee Konitz, among many others.

Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series and countless other jazz musicians throughout his career.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

Eric Krasno

Wednesday / October 16, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno will give a clinic for all instrumentalists. Topics will include ensemble playing, getting a band playing together, and soloing. He will perform with a guitar faculty Jeffrey Lockhart and a student band.

Admission: 
Free

Neil Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Interscope Records

Monday / October 7, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Music Business Management hosts Neil Jacobson's visit to a section of their Intro to Music Business class for a discussion and Q&A about the current state of labels and the music industry.

Admission: 
Free

Donald Brown Clinic

Wednesday / October 9, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Donald Brown will present a clinic/performance on jazz interpretation, improvisation, and composition.

Admission: 
Free

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