Encore for Monday Night Faculty Jazz Series

By 
Allen Bush
January 16, 2009
Phil Wilson kicks off the new arsenalARTS jazz series on February 2.
Paul Schmeling, one of the Distinguished Berklee Professors.
John Repucci, assistant chair of Berklee's Bass Department
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee College of Music and the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown partner for Berklee Jazza continuing collaboration featuring performances in a wide variety of jazz styles by some of Berklee's world-renowned faculty and their special guests. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free and the venue is handicapped accessible. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students with ID. For tickets or more information, call 617 923-8487 or visit arsenalarts.org.

February 2

The Distinguished Berklee Professors: Decades of Great Jazz Educators - Featuring Phil Wilson (trombone), Paul Schmeling (piano), John Repucci (bass), and John Ramsay (drums).

April 13

Bruno Råberg Quartet  - Featuring Noah Preminger (saxaphone), Ben Monder (guitar), Bruno Råberg (bass), and Ted Poor (drums).

May 4

The Matt Glaser Quartet - Featuring Matt Glaser (violin), Sonny Barbato (jazz accordion), John Baboian (guitar), and Dave Hollender (bass).


The Distinguished Berklee Professors

John Ramsay is a drummer, recording artist, author, educator, and clinician who has been playing and studying drums for the past 36 years. He has worked with Wynton and Brandford Marsalis, Kevin and Robin Eubanks, Walter Booker, Terrence Blanchard, Cecil McBee, Eartha Kitt, and Gregory Hines, among others. Most recently, he has performed in Europe with Donald Harrison and Mick Goodrick. 

John Repucci, a distinguished bassist, has performed with Jim Hall, Milt Jackson, Urbie Green, Lionel Hampton, Helen Humes, Anita O'Day, Kenny Barron, Chris Connors, Morgana King, Ray Bryant, Terrance Blanchard, Norman Simmons, Lee Konitz, Arnett Cobb, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and others.

Paul Schmeling is a master pianist, interpreter, improviser, and arranger who has inspired countless students since he began teaching at Berklee in 1961. He has performed or recorded with jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Rebecca Parris, George Coleman, Carol Sloane, Frank Foster, Art Farmer, Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, Dick Johnson, and Slide Hampton. Schmeling is coauthor of the Berklee Practice Method: Keyboard and Instant Keyboard, and the author ofBerklee Music Theory: Book 1.

Phil Wilson is a jazz trombonist, arranger, and teacher who is best known as an instructor at Berklee and a former chairman at the jazz division of the New England Conservatory of Music. He played for Herb Pomeroy's band, toured with the Dorsey brothers, worked with Woody Herman's band, and wrote music for Buddy Rich. He formed the Berklee Rainbow Band, an ensemble that is still one of the most respected college jazz big bands.

The Bruno Råberg Quartet

Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bass player and composer who has made six recordings as a leader and performed with numerous world-class artists. Some of the distinguished musicians Råberg has worked with include Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Sam Rivers, Billy Pierce, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Bob Mintzer, and John Medeski, Phil Grenadier, and Marcello Pellitteri.

Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Tim Berne, and Kenny Wheeler. He is a regular member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Motian Octet, as well as many other projects.

New York-based drummer/composer Ted Poor has quickly established himself as a new voice in jazz and improvised music. He is a regular member of the Ben Monder Quartet, the Cuong Vu Trio, the David Berkman Quartet, and the Jeromoe Sabbagh Quartet.  In addition, Poor has worked as a sideman with Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Maria Schneider, Kermit Driscoll, Kate McGary, Marc Ducret, David Fiuczynski, Rich Perry, Joe Locke, Wycliffe Gordon, and John McNeil.

Jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has received stellar recognition since he hit the scene with his debut recording, Dry Bridge Road. Preminger has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Roscoe Mitchell, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and numerous others.

The Matt Glaser Quartet

Matt Glaser is an American jazz and bluegrass violinist who has served as the chair of the String Department at the Berklee for more than 20 years. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli and Yo-Yo Ma, and at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival with Gunther Schuller. Glaser is featured on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack for Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War, and on the soundtrack for the 1978 film King of the Gypsies.

Guitarist/Composer John Baboian has been on the faculty at Berklee since 1980. His compositions and arrangements have been heard on the television shows Walker, Texas Ranger; Seven Days; and The Soprano's. He has accompanied headliners Al Martino, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon, Sergio Franchi, Bobby Rydell, and many others.

Joe "Sonny" Barbato is a pioneering voice in jazz accordion, which is evident on his exhilarating, charming, and fresh 2006 release Crackerjack. He has performed at festivals and concerts with Ravi Coltrane, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, Donald Harrison, Joe Locke, Jerry Bergonzi, Jeff "Tain" Watts, David Sanchez, and Larry Coryell. He has played accordion on over 30 recordings that range in style from country to jazz.

Dave Hollender is an active performer on bass and five-string banjo, playing a range of music spanning jazz, classical, and bluegrass.  He might be the only bluegrass banjo player to perform all nine Mahler symphonies and appear at the Montreal Jazz Festival. In 2004, he helped create the acoustic string principal that added banjo and mandolin to the list of principal instruments that students could study at Berklee.