| March 2008

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March 2008

  Grammy winner

Juan Luis Guerra
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

It was a good year for Berklee at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, with a total of 13 awards presented to alumni and faculty, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Best Latin Jazz Album. Berklee also had its share of Grammy-winning artists on campus in February, with visits from George Duke, Michael Powell, and Bootsy Collins. And for future Grammy winners, look no further than Berklee's own 20th annual High School Jazz Festival, with more than 200 bands participating from across the country. Read on to find out more.

If you're looking for something to do this month, check out the new What's Happening at Berklee weekly videocast. In the weeks to come it will be showcasing such events as All Keys: The Piano Department Faculty Concert, the Women Musicians Network Concert, the International Folk Music Festival, and the Sovereign Bank Music Series' next installment, the SFJAZZ Collective.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

The college's annual live music series returns, with lead sponsorship from Sovereign Bank. The 2007–2008 series promises to be the most innovative yet.

  March 7, 2008   The SFJAZZ Collective
One of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes, featuring Berklee alumni Miguel Zenon, Joe Lovano, and Matt Penman, alongside Dave Douglas, Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris, Renee Rosnes, and Eric Harland. The Berklee Monterey Quartet—a student touring group—will open the show.

Tickets $30; seniors $22.50; college students $15 with valid ID.

  April 17, 2008   Singers Showcase

Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster. For more information, check back later at the series home page.


What's Happening at Berklee

Clear your calendar—we've got a plan for your month right here. Watch our new weekly videocast highlighting Berklee concerts and other events.

All Keys—The Piano Department Faculty Concert, March 4

Piano Department faculty perform in a variety of settings, from solo to duo pianos and small groups. The concert will demonstrate a wide range of piano styles and techniques, including traditional jazz, Latin, and funk-rock. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Women Musicians Network Concert, March 6
Women rule the stage in a show composed, arranged, produced, and performed by Berklee women students and alumnae, in styles ranging from rock to contemporary classical. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Third Annual Party at SXSW, March 14

Via Audio, Madi Diaz, and other Berklee students and alumni will perform at the largest music festival in the United States. 1:00 p.m, Austin, Texas. Read more...

International Folk Music Festival, March 27
This 22nd annual concert will feature a wide variety of performers from Latin America, Cuba, Mexico, Bulgaria, Pakistan, France, Japan, Bahamas, Colombia, and the United States. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  George Duke
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth


Berklee Alumni and Faculty Garner 13 Grammy Awards

Winners at the 50th annual ceremony include Quincy Jones and Juan Luis Guerra. Read more...

On a Good Note

Berklee's 40th annual High School Jazz Festival earns high marks. Read more...

On Top of the Business

Performer/composer/producer George Duke helps students understand the challenges of the music industry. Read more...

Producing a Winner

Michael J. Powell talks about the state of the industry, taking chances, and keeping it real. Read more...

Creating the Beat of a Different Drummer

Engineer/composer Barry Threw '04 fuses technology and virtuosity.

Networking to the Top

Venezuelan cultural attaché Patricia Abdelnour '97 credits her success to her Berklee education. Read more...

Shaking Things Up

Bassist Bootsy Collins is the latest funk master to hang with Berklee students. Read more...

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.

Live at the BPC

This month, the Berklee Performance Center features African youth dance troop Spirit of Uganda (March 28) and electric bass phenomonen Victor Wooten (March 30).

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center website or

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

This month listen to "Lion's Gate," a song by the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble featuring some of the jazz world's finest performers and composers, including Berklee alumni Miguel Zenon, Joe Lovano, and Matt Penman. The group is performing March 7 as part of the Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee.

Subscribe to the Sounds of Berklee podcast.

The Gibson Girl

Berklee media partner Company One presents The Gibson Girl, a quirky new comedy from the award-winning director/writer team of Victoria Marsh and Kirsten Greenidge. Charged with velocity and wit, The Gibson Girl continues the dialogue about color, class, and opportunity in America. Running March 14 through April 5 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. Read more...


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