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.”
Associate Professor of Songwriting Mark Simos wrote the title cuts for Missy Werner’s Three Kinds of Lonesome and Ricky Skaggs’s Music to My Ears albums.
Associate Professor of Percussion Jerry Leake released the CD Prominence featuring Associate Professor Randy Roos, Associate Professor Stan Strickland, and Associate Professor Paul Stiller.
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.
Jeannie Deva (formerly Lieberman) recently published her third book, Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances, using e-Book technology.
Saxophonist Ray Boyland of Lawrenceville, GA, plays regularly with his jazz group the Boyland Point and is working on a new CD. Visit www.boylandpoint.com.