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A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Luis Alvarez ’83 Receives George Wein Impresario Award

At the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 29, Luis Alvarez ’83 received Berklee’s George Wein Impresario Award during the festival’s 25th anniversary. The award recognizes individuals who bring music to life through their dedication to discovering, mentoring,...

Harvey Mason to Grads: 'Go Out and Make Some Noise!'

860 graduates, their family members, and friends came to celebrate at Berklee’s commencement exercises on May 8 and 9 with this year’s honorees: jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, Latin music superstar Julio Iglesias, jazz and studio drummer Harvey Mason, and Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug...

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Introducing Berklee’s New Logo

By Tom Riley

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First Presidential Visit to India

By Liz Lupton

In April, Roger H. Brown became the first Berklee president to make an official visit to India following the 2014 establishment of the Berklee India Exchange, a platform for cultural conversation about Indian music.

Pandora’s Tim Westergren Speaks to Berklee

By Mike Keefe-Feldman

Pandora founder Tim Westergren spoke to a packed house of students at the 22nd annual James G. Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Berklee’s Music Business/Management Department.

Berklee’s Corporate Partners Make a Difference

By Beverly Tryon

From sponsored events to scholarship support, corporate philanthropy enables many important Berklee programs both in Boston and throughout the world. This commitment produces extraordinary musical programming and also nurtures the educational experiences of talented students so they can realize...

The Woodshed

Prasanna '99

Using Gamaka to Add Indian Flavor to Your Guitar Playing

By Prasanna

Growing up in India, guitarist Prasanna became renowned as a pioneer playing Carnatic music and rock before attending Berklee, where he became an accomplished jazz guitarist. Hi is a celebrated performer, teacher and award-winning film composer.

Expert Testimony

Lighting Up New Torch

By Nick Susi

While still Music Business/Management majors at Berklee, Nick Susi ’12 and Ethan Schiff ’12 began helping their friends with bookings, record release events, and more. A series of small successes during their student years inspired Susi and Schiff to form an artist management company after...

Regional Spotlights

 Stephen Webber, Pat Pattison, Jim Ed Norman and Jay Kennedy after the presentation of the American Masters Award to Norman in Nashville. Credit: Chris Hollo

Spring Break Milestones

By Arielle Schwalm / Karen Bell

In March, 120 Berklee students boarded two buses in Boston to drive more than 1,000 miles to Nashville, TN, during the college’s spring break. While every year the students engage in some amazing activities in Music City, this year was truly special, in that it marked the 30th anniversary of...

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

Jen Waris ’12 and Samantha Schultz ’13 are members of Covergirl’s Rockabellas a cappella group. The ensemble appeared in national commercials to promote the new Covergirl Pitch Perfect Cosmetics Line in partnership with the soon to be released movie, Pitch Perfect 2.

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Bass summit: (left to right) Steve Bailey, Danny Morris, Victor Wooten, and Stefan Sandman.

WesFest Marks 10th Anniversary

By Peter Gordon

Launched in the spring of 2005, WesFest began about a year after the passing of talented bassist, composer, and photographer Wes Wehmiller ’92. This year’s 10th anniversary event added another iconic name to that list: Victor Wooten, who was accompanied by Berklee Bass Department chair Steve...

It’s a Family Affair

By Peter Gordon

New York Spotlight

By Michael Gaskins


Richard Niles

The Significance of the “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit

By Richard Niles

Composer, arranger, and author Richard Niles, PhD., talks about the significance of the copyright claim against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams song “Blurred Lines” and victorious lawsuit from the Marvin Gaye estate.

Lead Sheet

Taking a Stand

By Leah Driscoll / Elena Goddard

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Part of Berklee’s stated mission is to promote an open learning environment.

Faculty Highlights

by Ryan Fleming

Danilo Perez

It’s hard to imagine a figure more responsible for putting Berklee on the world stage than Danilo Pérez ’88, artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI). His status as a virtuosic pianist and bandleader who has released a dozen albums, and three-time Grammy winner is enough to...

Associate professor Jan Donley gave a demonstration at Boston’s Boylston Street Apple Store on using iPads to draw, write, and teach.

Voice instructor Jamie Lynn Hart received her master of music degree from Boston University. She released the albums Anticipate and The Let Go, and won CBS Local’s top pick in the Boston’s Best Local Female Musician category and the Limelight Music Award for Best Female Performer and Best Songwriter. Visit

Alumni News

by Curtis Killian

Eric Marchwinski '10

In the five years since graduating with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, Eric Marchwinski '10 has worked lights for the Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Usher, Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, and Beyoncé, among many others, and founded his own company, Earlybird Design.

Greg Abate of Coventry, RI, released the album Motif, featuring faculty members Tim Ray, John Lockwood, and Mark Walker. Abate has also made two recordings with guest artist Phil Woods. Visit

Karen DeBiasse of Somerville, MA, is the vocalist for the band Girl on Top. They released a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne song “I Don’t Want to Stop.”