Edmar Colon Quartet
Berklee and the American Jazz Institute present the Edmar Colón Quartet as part of the Jazz for Jazz Lovers series. The public is also invited to a special free mentoring music clinic on April 4 at 3:30 p.m., produced by music director Jim Little at 42-575 Melanie Place in Palm Desert.
Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholar Edmar Colón Gierbolini is a 20-year-old tenor saxophonist from Coamo, Puerto Rico. Since beginning his studies at Berklee, Colón has been chosen for the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute with artistic director Danilo Pérez. He has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Joe Lovano, John Patittucci, Danilo Pérez, Miguel Zenón, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Lionel Loueke, salsa stars Luis Enrique and Ismael Miranda, Ivan Lins, and Steve Cardenas.
Grant Richards (Piano)
Born in Portland, Oregon, Grant Richards began playing piano and composing at age eight. By the time he entered college, he had won four DownBeat Magazine awards and recorded his first album as a leader. In 2009, Richards enrolled at Berklee after winning the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a full-tuition award given each year in collaboration with the Monterey Jazz Festival, and presented to one music student from the western United States in recognition of their outstanding talent. In his short career, he has performed with many renowned artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Ben Wolfe, Damian Erskine, Javon Jackson, Glen Moore, Greg Hopkins, John Lockwood, and Filo Machado.
Tabari Lake (Bass)
Bassist Tabari Lake was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Beginning his musical exploration in the second grade, on the steel drums, Lake learned through the public school system to play clarinet, tuba, and electric bass. As he began to focus his attention on the bass, he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp during the summers of 2010 and 2011, where he studied with Bill Sears and Kelly Sill and was introduced to the double bass by the virtuoso Rodney Whitaker. Lake received a scholarship to Interlochen to further his classical and jazz studies at the academy; he graduated in 2012. He is currently a student at Berklee, where he is a full-tuition Presidential Scholar.
Diego Ramirez (Drums)
Diego Joaquin Ramirez was born in Cork, Ireland and began playing drums at the age of three. Growing up, he performed with his father's Latin jazz bands and quickly became noticed as one of Ireland's top working musicians. In 2009 Ramirez began his studies as a scholarship student at Berklee; in 2012 he earned a bachelor's degree in professional music. He has performed with musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Ralph Peterson Jr., Tia Fuller, Oscar Stagnaro, and Niwel Tsumbu.