Classical musicians interpret the notes on the page very literally and limit improvisation to an occasional cadenza. Conversely, jazz musicians get their kicks from straying from the written page, using the chords as a starting point for macrolevel improvisation.
Recently, Berklee received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a historical archive. The grant was funded through the program Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects.
“My two favorites are Ray—and Donna McElroy,” says Berklee Vice President for Special Programs Rob Rose of the song’s interpreters. “Both are different. McElroy is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Professor Peter Gardner’s book New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking is in its second edition, 18th printing. It is used in 20 countries.
Professor Tiger Okoshi brought Bruno Råberg, Daniela Schächter, Mike Tucker, and Mark Walker to teach at the Hokkaido Groove Jazz Camp in Sapporo, Japan.
For so many local alumni in Music City, the year 2012 was successful, inspiring, exciting, scary, and entertaining. As we look forward to all the promise of 2013, let’s recap what some alumni have been up to.
BJ Snowden of Billerica, MA, had her song “In Canada” performed by the Suspects for the soundtrack of the film The Misadventures of the Dunderheads, which aired on the Starz channel in November.
Saxophonist Claire Daly of New York City released the CD Baritone Monk with support from the North Coast Brewing Co. All proceeds will benefit the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Daly has also been touring with her quartet and keeping a busy teaching schedule.