Clinics and Master Classes

Piano Monday - The Myth of Practice Makes Perfect

Monday / September 17, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The Myth of Practice Makes Perfect: How to practice less and accomplish more! Receive helpful insights that will maximize the effectiveness of your playing and practicing. Practice smarter, not harder!

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Free

BGJI Jazz Masters Speak: Interview with Dave Liebman

Thursday / October 4, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is proud to present a new series called: “BGJI Masters Speak”. Based on the "Inside the Actor Studio" format, the acclaimed radio personality Steve Schwartz will host a series of live and interactive interviews with the BGJI Faculty & Artists in Residence.

Dave Liebman bio:
Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a leader since. He has played on nearly three hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership.  In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound, translated into several languages, in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music.

Liebman is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. Awards include the National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz (2011); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat (2011) and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll (2011, 2012).

 

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Presents

Thursday / September 13, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

First in a series of Bass Department presentations by Global Jazz Institute artist in residence, John Patitucci. Presented by Steve Bailey, chair of the Bass Department.

Admission: 
Free

Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Simon Phillips

Wednesday / October 3, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Simon Phillips's third clinic for the Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Program.

Admission: 
Free

Tribute to Alan Dawson

Tuesday / November 20, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Alan Dawson's performance credits are staggering, like reading a who's who in jazz: Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Charles Mingus, Woody Shaw, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Reggie Workman, Quincy Jones, Dexter Gordon, Tal Farlow, Earl Hines, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Frank Morgan, Hank Jones, Frank Foster, Phineas Newborn, Charles McPhereson, Jaki Byard, Teddy Wilson, Booker Ervin, James Williams, Phil Wilson, Terry Gibbs, and many others.

Equally impressive are his former students who have gone on to become their own innovators: Tony Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Smith, Joe LaBarbera, Joe Corsello, Kenwood Dennard, John "J.R." Robinson, Casey Scheuerell, Harvey Mason, Vinnie Colaiuta, Keith Copeland, Jake Hanna, Bobby Ward, Akira Tana, and many, many, others.

George "Alan" Dawson was born in 1929 in Marietta, Pennsylvania and raised in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. He studied drumset for four years with percussionist Charles Alden before serving in the Army for Korean War duty. Dawson played with the Army Dance Band while stationed at Fort Dix from 1951-1953. During his Army experience, Dawson was able to dive into the post-bop era by performing with pianist Sabby Lewis' eight-piece band, and after his release from the Army he embarked on a three-month tour of Europe with Lionel Hampton.

During the mid-1950s. Dawson returned to Boston where he maintained an active recording career and did clinics and some brief tours. In 1957 he became the house drummer at Wally's Paradise in Boston and also began an 18-year association at Berklee College of Music. In the late 1950s, Dawson performed with John and Paul Neves, and he worked with Herb Pomeroy at the Stables from 1959-1960.

From 1963-1970, Dawson was the house drummer at Lennie's On The Turnpike, in Peabody, where he had the opportunity to perform with many leading artists. Dawson subsequently became Boston's drummer of choice for local players as well as touring jazz giants. In the 1960s, Dawson's New York recording experiences reached full gear with saxophonist Booker Ervin's recording project, The Freedom Book. Richard Davis on bass for Prestige records was substantial between 1963-1968. From 1968-1975, Dawson worked with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and toured with Brubeck's family band, Two Generations of Brubeck.

In 1975, Dawson suffered a ruptured disc and needed surgery. He stopped all touring, ended his tenure at Berklee and returned to limited teaching at his home in Lexington, a suburb of Boston. Dawson formed a quartet with James Williams, Bill Pierce, and Richard Reid, and established a more staid and relaxed lifestyle. Dawson's decision to limit his teaching to 30 hours per week resulted in an impressive waiting list of students who wanted to learn his "ritual" for practice, his secret to independence, his obsession in obtaining musical variation, and his quest for control of sound, color, and swing.
Admission: 
Free

Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Simon Phillips

Tuesday / October 2, 2012 / 2:15 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Simon Phillips's second clinic as the Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence.

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Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew

Tuesday / July 24, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After packing stadiums in their native Sierra Leone and playing to sold-out crowds around the United States, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew are well on their way to conquering the music world with their vibrant, infectious music and electrifying live shows.

The group consists of frontman Bajah, A-Klazz, vocals/emcee; David Bailis (Pimps of Joytime) on guitar; Nate Edgar (John Browns Body) on bass; and Swiss Chris (John Legend) on drums. With their self-titled debut album set for release this fall (Nat Geo Music Label), Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew continue to share their unique perspective and message of hope, love, and inspiration around the world. And the world is listening.

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Lettuce Clinic

Monday / July 23, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Celebrating its 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce drops its third studio album Fly—a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation, and psychedelicized soul anthems. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from the Fillmore in San Francisco to Terminal 5 in New York, Bear Creek Music Festival to Camp Bisco and all points in between, Lettuce entered the Brooklyn recording studio the Bunker this winter with a fresh batch of road-tested material and a revitalized sound honed razor sharp by a year spent on the road.  

"We're more together and set to crush than ever before," says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch of the all-star group that he and his accomplished band-mates cut their teeth with back in their Berklee College of Music days. That much history, along with the A-list crop of projects that each member has taken on away from Lettuce, gives the group a bottomless well of musical ideas and unrivaled chemistry—in fact, the refer to themselves as a band of brothers. "I was in a practice room at 16 with Kraz, Zoidis, Shmeeans, and Deitch and it all clicked," says Coomes. "We all felt rhythms in similar ways. We were all about the pocket from day one."

Having evolved and refocused since 2008's Rage! without ever dropping the beat, Lettuce is getting ready to take audiences to the cosmos with Fly in the trunk and a high-octane tour on the horizon. "Lettuce is like a Learjet that wasn't getting clearance from the tower," says Coomes. "But we're done just rolling around on the runway." They're not asking for permission, so put your tray tables in their full, upright and locked position. This plane's itching for lift off.

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

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Simon Phillips Clinic

Monday / October 1, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A clinic as a part of the annual Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence program.

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Dave Fiuczynski and the Planet Microjam Institute Ensemble

Monday / July 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Alumni Affairs Office presents Life after Berklee, featuring Dave Fiuczynski and the Planet Microjam Institute Ensemble, with special guest Dywane Thomas '10.

Fiuczynski has performed with Christian McBride, John Medeski, Branford Marsalis, and many others. He has appeared on more than 95 albums.

Dywane Thomas '10 was featured on the Grammy Award–winning album Libra Scale by Ne-Yo. He has performed with the Bar-Kays, Deniece Williams, George Duke, and others, and been featured in Bass Guitar magazine.

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