Berklee Summer in the CityVanessa Collier and the Berklee Student All-Stars
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Vanessa Collier is one of the fastest-rising young stars currently turning heads at Berklee College of Music, following in the footsteps of Diana Krall and Esperanza Spalding. This refreshing young saxophonist and singer is being hailed for her mesmerizing blend of soul, spirit, and sultriness. The winner of multiple scholarships and honors, she has already performed and recorded with Grammy-winning artists Kathy Mattea and Patrice Rushen, and is captivating new fans with her soaring saxophone style and sensuous vocals, her captivating and confident on-stage presence, and her infectious passion for music.
Born in Modena, Italy, Noé Socha has already developed a guitar style that has brought him international acclaim. Deeply steeped in both jazz and blues, Socha has brought audiences to their feet at the Umbria Jazz Festival, where he won a scholarship to Berklee. He's performed with the Mississippi Blues Explosion at the at the B.B. King Blues Museum and the Robert Johnson Museum, with Nyol Manswell at the Central Bank Auditorium of Trinidad and Tobago, and recorded with famed flamenco producer Javier Limón.
Will Lydgate is a bass player, music producer, recording engineer, and music teacher based on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. He belongs to the fifth generation of Lydgates to make Hawaii their home, and his work combines sunny tropical vibrations with the highest level of professionalism. Trained at Berklee, Lydgate plays reggae, jazz, soul, blues, country, funk, pop, and R&B with talent and authenticity, and manages Kauai's Steelgrass Recording Studio, the island's only state-of-the-art recording facility.
Virtuoso drummer Jordan Rose was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but after graduating high school lived in the islands of Hawaii, at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and is now in Boston, with a scholarship to attend Berklee. He's played with New York trumpet great Tim Hagans, Sunnyside recording artist David Caceres, and saxophone legend Don Menza. He has studied with Joel Fulgham, Stanton Moore, Kendrick Scott, Rick Latham, Terreon Gully, Jay Lawrence, Ed Soph, and others.