Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalBerklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Featuring Adam Cruz

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Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 3:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
United States
02118 ‎

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through interconnective teaching and thinking, with Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI students produce original music and social projects in the pursuit of peace, intercultural dialogue, social change, and democracy. This specially selected group of young musicians travels and performs internationally, representing the core values and teachings of the BGJI.  

For this concert, the institute's ensemble will be joined by special guest drummer Adam Cruz. A creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Cruz is best known for his work with Pérez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, and Edward Simon. In recent years, Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Pérez and is a member of the Danilo Pérez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. Cruz's remarkable musicianship has made him one of the most in-demand drummers of today.

In 2010, he was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record his much-anticipated debut solo recording as a composer and bandleader, entitled Milestone. The album was released in 2011 on Sunnyside Records and received great critical acclaim by the Los Angeles TimesDownBeat magazine, and Jazz Times. The New York Times describes the album as "informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz."  

Listen to a podcast featuring the BGJI Green Ensemble.