The city of New York has joined forces with Berklee and Pete Muller, a Berklee trustee, in a public-private-nonprofit partnership to establish a center for Berklee in New York at the historic Power Station Studios on West 53rd Street. The facility was most recently known as Avatar Studios.
Thanks to the Gary Slaight family’s continuing support of an initiative called Reach Out, there has been increased awareness and focus on issues related to mental health and well-being, substance abuse, and violence prevention specifically as they relate to the performing artists’ experience....
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the critically acclaimed and academically heralded visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter chose Berklee to receive a $25,000 Formation Scholars Award. It was awarded to Sadiya Ramos, a sophomore at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
On September 12, an all-star cast of musicians performed at the Berklee Performance Center to pay tribute to Fred Taylor, Boston’s revered jazz promoter and concert producer. Taylor has devoted more than five decades of his life to booking countless musicians primarily in jazz, but in popular...
Making inroads in the music business is no easy feat for anyone. But for women in Nashville, the uphill climb has traditionally been especially tough. A casual look at the Billboard country top-30 quickly reveals that...
Lori McKenna has become one of country music’s most sought-after songwriters without having ever having lived in Nashville. A lifelong Massachusetts resident, she opted to stay local even when it became apparent that moving to the Music City could boost her career.
“Autumn Leaves” is one of the most recognizable melodies in popular jazz repertoire, and has been recorded by countless jazz artists, including vocalists Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan, and pianists Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Monty Alexander.
Victor Vanacore ’74 is preparing for a concert that is the culmination of a life of study and work throughout his four-plus-decade music career. On October 8 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, he will conduct the premiere of his composition La Sorgente (The Source).
Ed Bettinelli ’79 found his drumming career take off after enrolling at Berklee, landing a gig with the band Preview. Two major record deals and 20 years later, Bettinelli set up a teaching studio and later developed and manufactured the innovative Thumb Thang.
After returning to Berklee from a semester-long sabbatical, bass professor Bruce Gertz dove into his duties in the summer bass workshop with Victor Wooten, the Berklee Global String Intensive, and Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program.
Professor of piano Joanne Brackeen was among those named 2018 National Endowment for the Arts NEA Jazz Masters. Also on the list were guitarist Pat Metheny H’96, vocalist Dianne Reeves H’03, and producer, artistic programmer, and club owner Todd Barkan.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council named assistant professor Jason Palmer a 2017 Fellow in Music Composition. Palmer recently completed a semester as a visiting assistant professor for Harvard University’s music department.
Assistant professor Renato Milone won a grant to re-arrange and rerecord all examples of horn writing used for all Berklee’s Arranging 1 and 2 classes and more.
After completing her studies at Berklee, Sharon Farber heard an orchestra play her music for the first time. That was it. “After hearing the sound of my music coming at me I was hooked,” she says. Since then, her composing career has unfolded across genres and international boundaries.
Stan Bann of Eden Prairie, MN, released an album of his original jazz and concert works for low brass entitled Penmanship. Visitors can download the album at stanbann.com.
In April, Chris Jentsch of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Fractured Pop on the Fleur de Son label. Visit chrisjentsch.com.