Berklee Summer in the CityDonald Harrison’s Berklee Quintet
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Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, a 1981 Berklee alumnus, is a New Orleans-born traditionalist, a modern jazz trendsetter, a former Jazz Messenger, a nurturer of young talent, a composer, and a bandleader. A kind of Crescent City Renaissance man, Harrison has performed with a musical who’s who that includes Art Blakey, Dr. John, Digable Planets, Lena Horne, and Miles Davis, to name just a few. An artist-in-residence at Tulane University, Harrison’s most recent recording is This Is Jazz: Live at the Blue Note with Billy Cobham and Ron Carter, and New Orleans Gumbo with Dr. John.
Masters on the Road is a program featuring the music of a guest master musician as the focus of a Berklee ensemble course. Course work is led by a faculty member familiar with the artist's music. The semester culminates in several rehearsals and performances on the road, with the guest artist leading and featured.
Alto saxophonist, faculty member, and Berklee alumnus Jim Odgren has performed with Gary Burton, Antonio Sanchez, and Michael Brecker, among others. He selected, and has been rehearsing with, students to perform with Harrison.
Harrison's Berklee quartet includes Harrison on saxophone, Santiago Bosch on piano, Osmar Okuma on bass, and Darryl Staves on drums.