About the BGJI

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director.

The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

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John Patitucci

The BGJI has given me the opportunity to teach in a broader context.


Danilo Pérez

The Grammy Award–winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz, covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music, has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences.
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Marco Pignataro

Marco Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophonist, composer, educator, and jazz columnist. A native of Bologna, Italy, Pignataro has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas. Pignataro has served as the director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and Jazz Saxophone chair at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.
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1 day ago

Listen to #BGJI faculty Terri Lyne Carrington and David Gilmore Music and BGJI alumni Haley Niswanger play a cover of "Michelle."


6 days ago

Earlier this year the Berklee Global Jazz Institute played with saxophonist Miguel Zenon at the Blue Note Jazz Club, NY. Listen to them playing "Sicá"!


1 week ago

“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had teaching in my life,” says John Patitucci, a visiting artist for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Head over to the #BGJI website to read the rest of the interview! #Berkleewww.berklee.edu


2 weeks ago

"Music teaches you to harmonize life."
Learn more about Danilo Pérez and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute!
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