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It's All Interconnected at BGJI

January 9, 2019

This year's Symposium for Interconnected Arts and Music Performance drew together a diverse slate of speakers for a day of interactive, interdisciplinary musical explorations.

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Terri Lyne Carrington

December 13, 2018

Grammy-winning jazz drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington '83 has taught with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute since it began. Having been a professor at Berklee since 2007 and known [BGJI artistic director] Danilo Pérez for years, Carrington was glad to join the BGJI because, as she says, “I knew that anything he was involved with would be something that I would feel good about, on a creative level and how we look at the issues.”

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Joe Lovano

December 13, 2018

The first recipient of the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance, renowned saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano has been teaching at Berklee since 2001. When the Berklee Global Jazz Institute began, he was thrilled to join the faculty and work with the same group of people consistently. 

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John Patitucci

December 13, 2018

Renowned bassist John Patitucci, one of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute faculty, said of the institute: “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had teaching in my life.”

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George Garzone

December 13, 2018

A Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) artist in residence, saxophonist George Garzone is a member of the Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, and a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet.

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BGJI Cofounds International Association to Advance Jazz

October 2, 2018

The Global Association for Interconnective Arts (GAIA) will explore, define, and implement new ways of educating music students.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Collaborates with Greek Children’s Choir in Athens

July 20, 2018

Kalesma, a humanitarian project to transform children’s lives through music, collaborated with six musicians from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) in Athens, Greece.

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Danilo Pérez; photo by John Abbott

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Wein Scholarships Send 45 Students to Newport Jazz Festival

June 22, 2018

The Berklee Global Jazz Workshop mentors young musicians at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Danilo Pérez; photo by John Abbott

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Danilo Pérez Wins United States Artists Fellowship and Victoriano Lorenzo Award

January 29, 2018

Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and Berklee educator Danilo Pérez recently received multiple honors: Panama's first Victoriano Lorenzo Award and a United States Artists (USA) Fellowship. Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer, and educator Terence Blanchard, a visiting scholar at Berklee, was also named a USA Fellow.

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Benny Golson plays his saxophone

Jazz Legend Benny Golson Visits with Global Jazz Institute Students

November 21, 2017

Benny Golson retells his musical upbringing in Phillidelphia and reflects on his experiences with such artists as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and countless others.

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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors to play the 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Berklee Musicians to Fill the Bill at 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

October 26, 2017

Several of jazz's leading lights, including many Berklee faculty members, students, and alumni, are slated to perform at the 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, held October 29 and November 1-5.

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Terri Lyne Carrington

Berklee Musicians Stack Killer Newport Jazz Festival Lineup

July 27, 2017

The 2017 Newport Jazz Festival is primed to draw both traditional jazz aficionados and fusion-minded fans, with many well-known and soon-to-be-well-known Berklee alumni, faculty, and students scheduled to perform.

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Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2017

Dedicated to Danilo Pérez, Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Features Alumni, Students, and Faculty

May 25, 2017

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest was dedicated to Danilo Pérez, the Grammy-winning artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), and featured several Berklee alumni while incorporating opportunities for students.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Celebrates the Impact of Jazz Era Icons

March 20, 2017

On March 31, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will present its eighth annual Berklee Global Jazz Summit with a special concert. This year’s summit celebrates the impact of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald in today’s global jazz era.  

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Tia Fuller

Slideshow: Berklee Women Shine at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

December 20, 2016

Several Berklee alumni, students, and faculty performed at this year’s Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which was dedicated to women in the jazz world.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute students travel to Americas Latino Eco Festival

Students Connect Music and Nature at Americas Latino Eco Festival

December 19, 2016

Berklee Global Jazz Institute students perform and conduct a workshop at the Americas Latino Eco Festival, writing music inspired by species and natural wonders from their home nations.

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Improving Lives through Music with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute

December 16, 2016

Through outreach visits to underserved communities, graduate and undergraduate Berklee Global Jazz Institute students learn not only a high level of musicianship and creativity, but how to direct their talents toward making an immediate and positive impact in people’s lives.

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Jack DeJohnette plays drums.

Jack DeJohnette, Influential Drummer and Mentor, Visits Berklee

December 14, 2016

Grammy-winning drummer, pianist, and composer Jack DeJohnette, who has played alongside Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans, among others, and mentored an array of Berklee faculty members, recently participated in a weeklong series of workshops at Berklee.

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Students learn from Marta Roma, Berklee Global Jazz Institute post-graduate intern

From Classrooms to Top Festival Stages, Internships Call Global Jazz Graduates

December 2, 2016

After completing a global jazz–focused master’s degree program, Lee Seung-Ha '15 '16G and Marta Roma '15 '16G teach and work behind the scenes at some of the world’s top jazz festivals.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Graduates to Attend Thelonious Monk Institute

September 16, 2016

Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) graduates Anthony Fung and Simon Moullier have been accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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