Portuguese student blogger Andre Vasconcelos is a guitar principal from Brazil, and a member of the 2013 graduating class.
A algumas semanas atrás eu havia escrito que a WBGO, a NP3 e a Berklee estavam trabalhando juntas numa parceria que teria como objetivo trazer ao Cafe 939 da Berklee uma série de clínicas e concertos de artistas de jazz de Nova Iorque. Irei retomar o BerkleeBlogs Brasil no ano de 2012 descrevendo como foi assistir e entrevistar um destes músicos, o famoso saxofonista Seamus Blake.
WBGO has a youtube channel with some of the finest Jazz videos out there, all from live performances that were broadcasted from the New-Jersey studio. I’ve been checking these videos out a lot, listening and learning, hoping that one day it’ll be me in that video. The studio has a black and white tile floor, which is really obvious throughout all the videos. It’s the kind of small detail that my brain likes to hang on to. Continue reading →
Another thrilling van ride. I was much reminded of The Matrix, and Morpheus’s admonition to his crew. “You told me never to get on the freeway; you said that it was suicide,” Trinity reminds him. His reply: “Then let us hope that I was wrong.” Intact but enervated, we arrive in Greenwich Village at the Blue Note.
In live performance on WBGO-FM, the Berklee Scholarship Sextet. From left: Victor Gould, piano; Emile Martinez, trumpet; Jonathan Greenstein, saxophone; Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar; Josh Hari, bass; and Mark Whitfield, Jr., drums.
Pianist Victor Gould chats with WBGO announcer Brian Delp about Victor's recent acceptance into the Thelonious Monk Institute college program.
After a fairly harrowing ride to Newark, at the hands of Fema, our Ukrainian van pilot, we arrived at Park Place, and WBGO. Myron Walden, whose compositions the band has been working throughout the semester, will join the band on two tunes. But, more importantly, he’ll offer a real-time critique of their renditions. A gift to, and size 14 kick in the pants for, the band from mentor Darren Barrett. Continue reading →
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.