Slideshow: The Berklee Keys Honor Longtime College Producer Rob Rose
Berklee kicked off its spring 2018 Signature Series show on January 29 with a performance by the Berklee Keys, who dedicated the concert to Rob Rose, the departing vice president for Special Programs. In his more than five decades at the college, Rose has played an indispensable role in events such as the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, the Beantown Jazz Festival, and the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.
The Berklee Keys is composed of four faculty members who've known Rose since they were students at the college: pianist George Russell Jr., chair of the Harmony Department; keyboardist Jetro Da Silva and organist Dennis Montgomery III, professors in the Ensemble Department; and drummer Ron Savage, interim dean of the Professional Performance Division. Each of the Keys credited pivotal moments in his career to his work with Rose, who produced the show. "From my earliest days as a Berklee student I could see that Rob was an innovator and, most importantly, was in this for the students," Savage said.