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 David Thorne Scott and his vocal group Vocalogy released the CD Refilled featuring Assistant Professor Mark Shilansky.
Assistant professor of voice Daniela Schächter appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz show.
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.
Roger Gamache of Mashpee, MA, is the director of the big band Stage Door Canteen. Twelve members throughout the band’s history have been Berklee alumni. Visit www.stagedoorcanteen.net.
In August 2012, Beth Sass of Nashville, TN, released the album Knowing Me, coproduced with Jerry Kimbrough.