The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors comprises six students from Berklee’s prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI): tenor saxophonist Paul Melhus, alto saxophonist Samuel Batista, trumpeter Cosimo Boni, pianist Ga Young Bae, bassist Seungho Jang, and drummer Kesivan Naidoo. Led by Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Pérez, the BGJI represents the next generation of jazz stars. Pérez, the institute's artistic director, designed the program to combine musical humanitarianism with radical new ways to incite musical creativity.
This performance will also feature Joe Lovano, a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Lovano was named jazz artist of the year in both 1995 and 1996 by DownBeat, and he scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: musician of the year, improviser of the year, and best tenor saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the DownBeat Readers Poll and Critics Poll as tenor player of the year in 2000. Lovano attended Berklee College of Music in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctorate of music from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001, he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department called the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and Branford Marsalis.