So, the guys who are playing live at the Blue Note tonight, the Berklee Scholarship Sextet, are in a tradition of great players who have honed their art in Boston, and then brought their ideas to NYC. They’re here with their professor and mentor, trumpeter Darren Barrett, himself a Berklee and Monk Institute alumnus, and winner of the Monk Institute Trumpet Competition. At midday, we go to WBGO-FM, the NY area’s primo jazz station, where they’ll perform live on the air, for an hour. We’re staying in Midtown, so we’re away in a hired bus to Newark, where the station is perched.
This is Rob Hayes, and I have been touring some of Berklee’s most inventive student bands for more than a decade. It’s been great fun, extremely rewarding. I’ve met lots of great young musicians, and quite a few of them remain in regular touch through the music, have become good friends. Continue reading
To close out the month, Berklee staff are checking in from the hallowed Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan, a place whose very name evokes the genre’s sophisticated greats. Some of our best young jazz musicians will appear there on April 27 (buy tickets), getting their first gander at the city where many move after graduation. Read about the concert.
Associate professor Darren Barrett directs the 2009 Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet with student performers Ilan Bar-Lavi, Victor Gould, Jonathan Greenstein, Josh Hari, and Emile Martinez. Watch for updates from the weekend.
p.s. At 2 p.m. that day, the sextet is playing live on my two jazz uncles’ favorite station, WBGO-Newark. Listen in!