This concert will showcase many of the college’s top talents—instrumentalists as well as composer/arrangers—as the Rainbow Band performs jazz for large ensemble under the direction of faculty trombonist, composer, and arranger Phil Wilson.
This concert is part of the Berklee College of Music Percussion Days 2008: “Remembering Max Roach.” Drummer Yoron Israel (assistant chair of percussion) along with pianist Laszlo Gardony (professor of piano) will be performing works that the legendary drummer Max Roach recorded in various duet settings with Abdullah Ibrahim, Cecil Taylor, and Dizzy Gillespie. The compositions performed is this concert will be selected from Stream of Consciousness (1977), Historic Concerts (1979), and Max and Dizzy in Paris (1989).
Piano Department faculty perform in a variety of settings, from solo to duo pianos and small groups. The concert will demonstrate a wide range of piano styles and techniques from traditional jazz to Latin and funk-rock. Featured faculty include John Arcaro, Leo Blanco, JoAnne Brackeen, Robert Christopherson, Rebecca Cline, Jeff Covell, Laszlo Gardony,Tony Germain, Matt Jenson, Doug Johnson, John Mulroy, Ross Ramsay, Carmen Staaf, Francesca Tanksley, Bruce Thomas, Stephany Tiernan, Greg Wardson, and Bob Winter.
Danilo Pérez, Grammy-winning Latin jazz pianist, had this to say; “Marc's music reflects the different possibilities of cultural union and integration, and to me, that's a clear sign of hope for the future." Brad Dechter, composer and Emmy-nominated arranger said: "The natural ease of his (Rossi's) world music-influenced jazz proves that Rossi is a true cultural cosmopolitan. The great Duke Ellington was often described as being Beyond Category; the Marc Rossi Group is, in my humble opinion, Beyond Category.”