The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet and Octet, directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, will play New York's Blue Note Jazz Club. It will be the 12th straight year a group of Berklee's top students have performed in the annual concert. Past showcases have included notable Berklee alumni Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, Kendrick Scott, Jaleel Shaw, Daniela Schaechter, Bryan Baker, and others.
The octet will play at 8:00 p.m.; the septet will play at 10:30 p.m. Earlier that day, the septet will visit WBGO 88.3 FM to give a live in-studio performance and interview from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Listen to the broadcast at wbgo.org.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.
The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.