Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October 2010. The group began for student composers to write charts, and for student musicians to get additional performance opportunities. It has stayed true to its roots and now showcases the vast compositional talents of bandleader and trumpeter Jonah Francese. What makes this group special is that it is a tight-knit musical family, getting together weekly to rehearse with members who are students and alumni of Berklee College of Music. With styles ranging from funk to swing to Latin, Thinkin' Big's unique sound pushes the limit of modern expectations for a big band.
The band has performed throughout the Boston area at venues like Ryles jazz club, the Lilypad, Kendall Square, Atlantic Wharf, and numerous appearances at venues on the Berklee College of Music campus.
Sergio Martinez is a percussionist from Madrid who grew up in the flamenco tradition.
Since the beginning of his professional career, he has performed internationally with some of the most important artists on the flamenco scene, including Diego el Cigala, Enrique Morente, Pepe de Lucía, and José Mercé. He has won international awards in flamenco composition, and has worked with Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón on Mercé's last album.
Martinez has offered master classes and clinics in many countries around the world and he is the leader of the Sergio Martinez Flamenco Collective, developing his skills as a composer and leader, and performing at international festivals.
Jazz guitarist Jackson FitzGerald performs weekly at Wally’s Jazz Café in Boston, Massachusetts and is the leader of the Jackson FitzGerald Group, which has performed his original compositions around the Northeast.
FitzGerald began playing guitar at the age of 12. His father gave him his record collection and those were his first teachers. In high school, he studied with Doug Maher and John Mills and performed at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. He was awarded the outstanding soloist award for his division and this led to his scholarship at Berklee. FitzGerald is approaching his senior year at Berklee and has studied with Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Julian Lage, and Bret Willmott. He is the coauthor of the book Immoveable Shapes that will be released in the fall of 2013 under the supervision of Mick Goodrick.