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Terri Lyne Carrington

Drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington gained recognition on late night TV in the late '80s as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the '90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, Carrington released a Grammy-nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, and Patrice Rushen, among others. Her production collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, and Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games, "Always Reach for Your Dreams." After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor in the Percussion Department at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music.

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Allan Chase

Alto/soprano saxophonist, composer, and educator Allan Chase has appeared on twenty jazz recordings, including six with Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet and a recent release with Prima Materia, Peace on Earth: Music of John Coltrane, with Coltrane's last drummer, Rashied Ali. During the 1980s, Chase also led small jazz groups and played as a sideman in and around Boston with jazz artists including Mick Goodrick, Donald Brown, Alan Dawson, Teddy Kotick, D. Sharpe, Bob Moses, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Either/Orchestra, Julius Hemphill, Muhal Richard Abrams, and JoAnne Brackeen.-*He recorded jazz albums with Gunther Schuller, Dominique Eade and Stanley Cowell, the Joe Mulholland Sextet, Latin vibist Victor Mendoza, and Orange then Blue. His compositions have been performed by Marimolin, Orange then Blue, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, and others. His compositions have been commissioned by Marimolin, Full Tilt modern dance company, the Southwest Regional Conference of the WorldSaxophone Congress, and others. He is chair of the Ear Training Department at Berklee.

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George Garzone

Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of the Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. In addition, Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z, and John Patitucci among others. Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching in the Woodwind Department at the Berklee College of Music, and at the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, and the Manhattan School of Music. Students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates, and Danilo Perez, to name a few. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard in September 2002.

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David Gilmore

Guitarist David Gilmore has recorded and performed with some of the most highly influential and innovative artists in modern music today, including Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, and David Sanborn. He has appeared on more than 50 recordings and been a major presence on the international touring scene. In the spring of 2001 he released his first recording as a leader, Ritualism, which received major international critical appraise and was nominated for Debut CD of the Year in 2001 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Gilmore was recently voted into the Rising Stars category in the Down Beat Critic's Poll. His playing, which incorporates many non-Western approaches, has been compared to guitarists with styles as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and Leo Nocentelli.

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Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Lovano was named Jazz Artist of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 by Down Beat magazine, and scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: Musician of the Year, Improviser of the Year, and Best Tenor Saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the Down Beat readers and critics polls as Tenor Player of the Year in 2000. Lovano attended Berklee in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctor of music degree from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001 he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department, known as the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, and Paul Motian.

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John Patitucci

Acoustic bassist John Patitucci has performed throughout the world and as a studio musician with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Astrud and Joao Gilberto, Joao Bosco, and Dori Caymmi. Since 1985, his many recordings with Chick Corea, Aeos Elektric Band and Akoustic Band, his six solo recordings for GRP Records, and his subsequent recordings have put him at the forefront of the jazz world and brought him worldwide acclaim, as well as two Grammy Awards and over fifteen Grammy nominations. Patitucci is professor of jazz studies at the City College of New York and a frequent clinician and guest lecturer at schools around the world. He is currently touring with his trio in support of his latest recording, Remembrance, which features saxophone genius Joe Lovano and drum virtuoso Brian Blade.

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. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, 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 for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as a UNESCO Artist For Peace, artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival. In previous years, he served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF and cultural ambassador to the Republic of Panama. He has worked as a music educator for more than 20 years.