Guitar Sessions Opening Ceremony Featuring Jon Finn
A guitarist since age 6, Jon Finn has been a professional musician for most of his life. Today, he’s been repeatedly acknowledged within the international community of musicians as being a clear leader in Modern Rock Guitar as a performer, composer and educator. Joining the guitar faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1988, he started the Jon Finn Group later that same year. To date, they have released three recordings, Don't Look So Serious (Legato Records 1994), Wicked (SEP Records 2000), and Bull in a China Shop (SEP Records 2010). For over three years, Jon wrote a monthly instructional feature for Guitar magazine. Today Jon frequently performs and records with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Finn has also been involved in a plethora of concerts and recording sessions, including six CDs (two of which were Grammy nominated), eight US concert tours, and one tour in Asia. Finn has also performed with some of the world’s premier guitarists as a co-featured performer: John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Carl Verheyen, Dweezil Zappa, and others. One of his songs, “Berlin Wall” appears in the motion picture release Refusenik, a documentary about Soviet Jews and their struggle to escape to the US during the Cold War.
The Berklee Jerry Reed/Chet Atkins Guitar Ensemble is a student group led by faculty member Rick Peckham dedicated to the performance of the compositions of guitarist Jerry Reed (1937-2008), as performed in groups also featuring guitarist Chet Atkins. Reed's revolutionary "claw style" guitar playing transcends the styles of country, R&B, blues, and southern rock. The group features several of Berklee's best guitarists, accompanied by bass and drums and has been invited to represent the College at the 2014 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville. Students playing include V E. Paul Sgroi, Sam O’Hare, Josh Goodman, and Blaz Lamovec on guitar, and on drums, Dave Maclean.
Rick Peckham is an internationally known jazz guitarist, clinician, composer and writer. In addition to extensive work in the US, he has led or played on tours of Ireland, Canada, Spain, and Germany. His trio recording Left End, with drummer Jim Black and bassist Tony Scherr was named one of the best releases of 2005 by DownBeat Magazine. Peckham has been a Berklee faculty member since 1986, serving as Assistant Chair of the Guitar Department from 1991–2013. He organized the college’s honorary doctoral tributes to Roy Haynes, Joe Zawinul, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield, featuring then-Berklee students Kurt Rosenwinkel, Matthew Garrison, Antonio Hart, Abe Laboriel Jr., Melvin Butler and Seamus Blake. His Berklee Media works include the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques and two 12-week online courses: Berklee Guitar Chords 101 (2007 UCEA award for best online class) and Berklee Guitar Chords 201 on berkleemusic.com.