From: Berklee College of Music
Contact: Nick Balkin (617) 747-2247
3,000 MUSICIANS, 200 BANDS TO COMPETE FOR $175,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
AT BERKLEE'S 41ST ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL, JANUARY 31
Public events by Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, Gregg Bissonette, John Blackwell, Terri Lyne Carrington, Crescent Super Band and more
Boston, MA, January 8, 2009 – Berklee College of Music's 41st annual High School Jazz Festival, the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the U.S., will take place on Saturday, January 31, at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend as 3,000 students and 200 bands will perform and compete for tuition scholarships totaling $175,000. Announcements of the scholarship and award winners will take place at 6:00 p.m.
In addition, the day will feature concerts and clinics that are free and open to the public. Highlights include trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and vibist Jason Marsalis, who will perform with Berklee City Music students; world-class drummers Gregg Bissonette (Santana, Ringo Star), John Blackwell (Justin Timberlake, Prince), and Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau); and Utah's Crescent Super Band, which Down Beat magazine named the top performing high school-aged big band in the country. Featured student bands include the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra and the college's P-Funk, Salsa, and Tower of Power ensembles.
Berklee's High School Jazz Festival, the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the U.S., was created by former college president Lee Elliot Berk. It's original name was the New England High School Stage Band Festival. Over the years, thousands of high school students and music educators have benefited from the performance evaluations, clinics, workshops, and scholarship opportunities available.
Open Jam Sessions, Ballroom C, third level, 10 a.m. - noon
Berklee City Music Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, directed by Matt Clauhs, Ballroom A, third level, 10 - 10:20 a.m.
Berklee City Music Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lance Van Lenten featuring Jeff Galindo, Ballroom A, third level, 10:20 - 10:40 a.m.
Berklee City Music Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dianne Richardson featuring Dennis Montgomery III, Ballroom A, third level, 10:40 - 11 a.m.
Berklee City Music Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Mayer, Room 100, first level, 11 - 11:20 a.m.
The Jazz Ensemble Companion: A Guide to Outstanding Big Band Arrangements Selected by Some of the Foremost Jazz Educators, presented by Michele Caniato, Room 202, second level, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Berklee City Music Advanced Ensemble, directed by Winston Maccow featuring Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, Room 100, first level, 11:20 a.m. - noon.
Jazz Improvisation Clinic: Delfeayo & Jason Marsalis, Ballroom A, third level, noon - 1 p.m.
Crescent Super Band, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level, noon - 1 p.m.
Gregg Bissonette, Ballroom C, third level, 1 - 2 p.m.
Berklee Salsa Ensemble, Ballroom A, third level, 2 - 2:50 p.m.
Terri Lyne Carrington, Ballroom C, third level, 2 - 3 p.m.
Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Greg Hopkins, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level, 2 - 3 p.m.
Keeping Up with the Sounds, presented by Carolyn Castellano, Room 300, third level, 2 - 3 p.m.
Berklee P-Funk Ensemble, Ballroom C, third level, 3 - 3:50 p.m.
John Blackwell, Ballroom C, third level, 3 - 4 p.m.
Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble, directed by Wayne Naus, Room 300, 4 - 5 p.m.
Winners Showcase Concert, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level, 7 p.m.
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Added by Berklee MR on January 14, 2009