Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Summer 2017

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians
Volume 
29
Number 
1
Summer
2017

Berklee Beat

Farewell to the Chief

By Mark Small

On March 5, Gary Burton fans in Boston got a last chance to hear “The Chief” as he is nicknamed, perform in the Berklee Performance Center (BPC)  with Japanese jazz and classical piano phenom Makoto Ozone ’83. during their Boston stop on Burton’s farewell tour. Throughout his long and fruitful...

Boston Conservatory Marks 150 Years

On May 9, members of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee community packed Boston’s Symphony Hall for a gala celebration of the conservatory’s 150th anniversary. There is much to celebrate. Founded just two years after the end of the Civil War, the conservatory’s history lists a number or firsts....

Electronic Music Stars Plug in for Voltage Connect Conference

On March 10 and 11, Berklee’s Electronic Production and Design Department (EPD), hosted the inaugural Voltage Connect Conference. The event was inspired by David Mash, Berklee’s senior vice president for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology. Mash, who retired in May, founded the music synthesis...

A Celebration of Colombian Culture

By Mark Small

A March trip to Bogotá, Colombia, strengthened ties between the college and the music-rich South American nation through myriad events. “Colombia is one of four nations that Berklee has decided to focus attention upon, along with China, India and Brazil,” noted president Roger H. Brown, “because...

Career Jam Offers Students Access to Industry Leaders

By Stefanie Henning

One year ago, connecting students with music industry heavyweights such as hip-hop artist and social activist Talib Kweli; David Dorn ’86, Apple Music’s senior director; and international music producer, violinist, and live show designer Laura Alluxe Escudé, wasn’t on anyone’s radar.

Berklee Style

By Patricia Peknik

1970s

Celebrating the King

By Beverly Tryon

American Crew, a Revlon brand, sponsored Elvis Legacy Week at Berklee in early April to pay a special tribute to music legend Elvis Presley. The weeklong celebration included guest speakers and panel discussions by those who knew the King well, and included educational showcases, styling...

A New Era of Giving at Berklee

By Mirek Vana

Nelson L. Huang and his wife Phoebe Chen Huang recently became the first Chinese-American parents of a Berklee student to make a major gift to the college. The gift from the Huangs, parents of student Max Chen ’20, signals a new era of giving at Berklee and underscores the global character of...

Digging the Roots

By Virginia Fordham

The American Roots Music Program at Berklee, established in 2009, recognizes the diversity of styles in America’s music. Included are blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, western swing, polka, bluegrass, country, and innovative blends by contemporary artists. Embracing them all, the Roots Music program...

The Woodshed

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony

A look back at a life in music 

Regional Spotlights

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

Zach Broocke ’01 knows that when it comes to making a living in the music business, diversification is key. His songs have been featured in a range of settings from a Morgan Freeman movie to Ultimate Fighting Championship commercials to surfing documentaries. Broocke has also produced projects...

Here, There, Everywhere

By Mark Small

WesFest Success Continues

By Peter Gordon

West Coast News

By Justine Taormino

Taking Flight

By Elizabeth Fasana

Lessons in music theory and artistry transcend Berklee’s classroom walls and sometimes beam across the musical spectrum. With direct and indirect help from experienced and compassionate professors, Berklee alumni continue to find their niches in the music world. Two cases in point are ...

THREE GENERATIONS DEEP


When bassist Aubrey Harris earned her degree on May 13, she became the third student, spanning three generations of the Harris family, to graduate from Berklee.

Coda

Jazz Has Arrived in Colombia

By Oscar Acevedo

When I graduated from Berklee in 1983, my home country, Colombia, was one of the least likely places for a jazz musician to launch a career. Except for a couple of bars and a pizza place in the northern part of Bogotá, there wasn’t much of a jazz club scene. The rise of the drug cartels and the...

Lead Sheet

Faculty Highlights

by Mark Small

After more than four decades of guiding Berklee students toward their artistic goals, piano professor Stephany Tiernan ’74 is now concentrating on her own personal musical journey in earnest. She spent 26 years in leadership roles in Berklee’s piano department, 10 as assistant chair to Paul...

Associate professor of voice Patrice Williamson released Comes Love, with associate professor of guitar Jon Wheatley. The album celebrates the collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and guitarist Joe Pass.

Associate professor John Whynot was the mixer for Mychael Danna’s score for The Last Tycoon and Alias Grace with a score by Mychael and Jeff Danna. Whynot also mixed the forthcoming album by Bruce Cockburn ’65.

Alumni News

by Mark Small

It’s a dream to possess a deep musical talent that traverses multiple styles and abilities. For Aubrey Logan ’10, being a top-notch vocalist and performer, virtuosic jazz trombonist, and gifted pop songwriter affords her many angles in diverse musical work. But that package became hard to...

Tony Corman of Berkeley, CA, and his 17-piece jazz orchestra, the Morchestra, performed concerts featuring jazz singers Jackie Ryan and Nicolas Bearde. Corman, the band’s arranger, is married to pianist Laura Klein ’77. Visit facebook.com/morchestra.

Guitarist Torben Waldorff of Malmö, Sweden, released his fifth album on ArtistShare, entitled Holiday on Fire. It features trumpeter Ingrid Jensen ’89, pianist Maggi Olin ’88, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Johnathan Blake. Visit waldorff.com.