Global Jazz Forum: Joe Lovano and John Patitucci
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Two of jazz’s most impressive proponents, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano ’72 ’98H and bassist John Patitucci, come together to share the joy of their respective musical journeys with students in this forum.
A leading jazz luminary, Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist who serves as Gary Burton chair in performance with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Lovano has collaborated with a near-endless list of legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner ’05H, Hank Jones ’05H, John Scofield ’73 ’97H, Branford Marsalis ’80 ’06H, and Jim Hall ’95H. He has been nominated for 14 Grammys, and won last year’s DownBeat Critics Poll Award for tenor saxophone.
Watch Lovano and students perform “Topsy Turvy”:
John Patitucci is a Grammy-winning virtuosic bassist and Berklee Global Jazz Institute visiting scholar who has worked extensively with Chick Corea ’97H, Wayne Shorter ’99H, Herbie Hancock ’86H, Stan Getz, and Pat Metheny ’96H. An 11-time Grammy nominee, Patitucci earlier this year released a vinyl-only, subscription-based album on Newvelle Records, Irmãos de Fé, featuring his takes on works by revered Brazilian composers such as Antônio Carlos Jobim and Milton Nascimento. All About Jazz praises the album for its “perfect blend” of respect for the composers’ original intentions and “the adventurous spirit” that makes room for “a unique stamp on these works.” Patitucci regularly performs with BGJI artistic director Danilo Pérez and Brian Blade as Children of the Light.
Watch a full Children of the Light performance in this Culturebox film:
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.