Don Was Performs with Students, Faculty

By
Jennifer Shanley
December 18, 2009
With the concert under way, Don Was is clearly enjoying listening to Berklee students and faculty perform as much as performing himself.
David Jiles Jr. can't help but sing with a smile while he performs "Nothing But Time."
Jonathan Hoard performs "Walk the Dinosaur" with body and voice.
Darek Cobbs of Kalamazoo, Michigan is focused on the music at hand as he performs on the keyboard.
Nini Fabi and Don Was share a moment after performing Bob Dylan's "Born In Time."
Student guitarist Johnny Duke and faculty guitarist Marty Walsh jam together onstage.
Russell Lacy (far left) and Merrily James (third from left) perform "Good Man, Good Woman," paying homage to the Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt duet from the Was-produced <i>Nick of Time</i>.
Naomi Gillies commits fully to the emotion of the song as she sings "Crying" by Roy Orbison.
Student Mike Blong is on drums while student Noriko Terada is on percussion.
Kudisan Kai performs one of the final songs of the night, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."
Paul Jefferson of Manchester, England is completely engaged in the music.
Erika Cole is all power as she performs "I Can't Make You Love Me," another classic number by Bonnie Raitt.
Carl Beatty, chief of staff; Renee Jones, executive assistant to the president; Don Was, and President Roger H. Brown (from left to right), take a moment backstage.
Backstage, Don Was signs autographs and talks with Berklee students, faculty, and staff; all with a big smile. To Was's right is faculty member Darcel Wilson, vocal director for the concert.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Thursday, November 19, 2009 was the culmination of a Don Was–filled week for Berklee students and faculty, as many had the chance to work with the producer, bassist, and composer throughout the week. Part of the 2009-2010 Music Series at Berklee, Was wrapped up his stay at Berklee by performing with a student group in a concert that also featured faculty artists.

One year earlier, Was had spent most of his time during a week at Berklee inside the college's recording studios. This time, he added a lot more of what goes on outside of the studio. In preparation for the show, Was rehearsed a student band every night of the week, with the help of faculty members Marty Walsh—the show's musical director—and Darcel Wilson, vocal director.

The show at the BPC gave students and faculty the chance to perform with Don Was, showcase their own skills, and present the audience with a memorable night. Music showcased was from Was (Not Was) discs; his Orquestra Was sessions; and from albums he produced for artists such as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Roy Orbison.