PODCAST: Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

By 
Bryan Parys
December 13, 2016
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra with director Greg Hopkins (far right) and Brass Department chair Sean Jones (far left).
Image credit: Dave Green

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble that focuses on the study and performance of original big band compositions written by faculty and student composers. The ensemble, directed by Greg Hopkins, professor of jazz composition, is one of the college’s most prestigious performing groups, and culminates each semester with a performance.

This semester, the orchestra will feature works by some of Berklee’s best student jazz composers and instrumentalists, and will be performing on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. Tickets are available at the box office and online.

Let’s take a listen to the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra perform the track “Transitions,” composed by Sean Jones, chair of the Brass Department, and recorded live at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
"Transitions"

Watch a video of the orchestra performing Jones's "Transitions":