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Students Entering Global Jazz Graduate Program to Receive Full-Tuition Grants

November 13, 2015

Beginning with the fall 2016 class, all 20 students accepted into Berklee College of Music’s master of music in contemporary performance (global jazz concentration) program will be awarded full-tuition grants.

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Jazz Masters to Mentor, Tour with Berklee Global Jazz Institute Students

October 20, 2015

An impressive list of visiting artists are coming to the Berklee Global Jazz institute (BGJI) this year to help both undergraduate and graduate students both improve their craft and effect positive social change. 

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Fosters Mentorship, Artistic Exchange at Pan-Am Games

September 15, 2015

Students from the BGJI shared the stage with artists such as Danilo Pérez, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Miguel Zenón, and Jane Bunnett. 

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Students Bring Music Therapy and Jazz Workshops to Panama

August 13, 2015

Students from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Berklee’s music therapy program will travel to Panama City, Panama, to work with the Danilo Pérez Foundation and other local organizations, August 17 - 21. 

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Celebrates International Jazz Day with Outreach

June 12, 2015

The BGJI performed for local students and hosted workshops in Newport, Rhode Island, to fulfill its mission of using jazz to build communities, provide mentorship, and live up to its mantra of “with talent comes responsibility.” 

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Developing Musical Ambassadors for Social Change

May 7, 2015

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute doesn’t simply turn out talented musicians, it develops musical ambassadors, unique players with enough compassion and practical knowledge to understand that the music they play can transform lives and better the global community.

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April 22, 2015

In a article published this past April, reporter Dan Emerson reviewed a performance by Danilo Perez, artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

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Soundtrack to Change: Danilo Perez Makes Panama’s Biomuseo Sing

April 8, 2015

The connection between Danilo Pérez and Biomuseo has grown like the structure itself, forged from the fabric of Panama and tempered by the desire to reconnect people with the natural world.

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BGJI Honors Joanne Brackeen at Annual Summit, March 31

March 16, 2015

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its fifth annual BGJI Summit on March 31, at the Berklee Performance Center. This year’s summit is hosted by Joe Lovano, Gary Burton Jazz Chair at Berklee, and will honor longtime faculty member Joanne Brackeen in celebration of her receiving the BNY Mellon Jazz 2014 Living Legacy Award.

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BGJI Students Experiment with Innovative Instrumentation

March 6, 2015

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a diverse group of musicians from across the globe that encourage one another to wield one's own unique sonic vocabulary and, often, instruments that are unusual to the jazz genre.

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The New York Times: Aiming to Create a Jazz Capital

January 23, 2015

The New York Times details Danilo Pérez's efforts to promote jazz in his home country of Panama. 

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DownBeat: BGJI Sends Envoy to Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

January 23, 2015

DownBeat reports on the BGJI's collaboration with the 2014 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary at the Panama Jazz Festival

December 23, 2014

Artistic director Danilo Pérez will be named cultural ambassador to the Republic of Panama.

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BGJI Students Connect to Roots of Jazz in Africa

June 11, 2014

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute visited Africa this past March. There, they visited Cameroon and Gabon. During the trip, the group visited orphanages, music schools, and universities, and performed with local musicians. 

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute: Music on a Mission

April 28, 2014

With talent comes responsibility. That's the message the Berklee Global Jazz Institute delivers as it travels around the world—including a recent visit to Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain—performing, collaborating, volunteering, and effecting social change.

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New York Times: Berklee's Global Jazz Institute Featured as a Course with a Twist

April 10, 2014

Berklee's Global Jazz Forum, taught by Danilo Pérez, was one of 10 college classes featured by the New York Times as "courses that are not just a credit but an event." 

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