Mitzi Dorbu

Mitzi Dorbu

Berklee College of Music has been awarded a $17,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2010 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. In awarding the prestigious Access to Artistic Excellence grant to Berklee and consortium partner JazzBoston, Inc., the NEA cited the festival as a celebration of Boston’s diversity as reflected in the attendees, music, food, and crafts.

The NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence grant was created to encourage, support, and expand access to

A group of 16 Berklee students and two alumni will travel to Miami for the 2010 O/E Arts and Culture Foundation's Carnaval de Barranquilla en Miami. Directed by Bernardo Hernandez, associate professor of contemporary writing and production, this is the first Berklee group to perform at Carnaval. Hernandez has assembled some of the college's top Latin players to perform what is anticipated as a penultimate moment of the festival: The tribute to influential Colombian tropical music singer and song

Roots and Reason

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Berklee’s Africana Studies program "Roots and Reason Series," presents Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon in a special collaborative performance, Thursday, February 18, at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA. Call 617-747-2261 or visit for more information.

In a cross-generational concert performance, mother Bernice Johnson Reagon and daughter Toshi Reagon will perform and speak about their music and work, guided by the concept of the series

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and WGBH 89.7 present Anat Cohen, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast, Toast of the Nation. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival. Entrancing audiences on both clarinet and saxophone, Berklee alumna Cohen is one of jazz's brightest young stars. She recently completed a week-long engagement at the legendary Village Vanguard
Berklee College of Music, the world's leading institution for the study of contemporary music, will be holding audition and interview events (A&I) in Turkey for the first time as part of the college’s World Scholarship Tour, offering talented musicians the chance to be awarded a scholarship to attend the college. The events, hosted by Modern Müzik Akademisi (MMA) in Istanbul, November 22 to 26, will include clinics, lectures, an information session, a jam session, and a music educator’s forum. F
Tony and Peabody Award-winning performance poet Bruce George steps up to the mic during his residency at Berklee on December 8. As the featured artist for the Poetry Jam and Slam class, George will bring a power packed poetic flow to the stage between two rounds of slam poetry from select students in the course. Talented Cantab Lounge Boston Slam Master Simone Beaubien will emcee the event. The evening begins at 7 pm at Café 939, 939 Boylston Str. This event is free. Call 617.747.2421 for more d
Berklee Presents Latin Culture Celebration 2009
Boston, October 23, 2009 - Berklee presents its 11th annual Latin Culture Celebration, an event organized by students to showcase music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other parts of Latin American. Public events take place throughout the month of November, with concerts and clinics presented by students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guest artists. Highlights include concerts by Puerto Rican pianist Angel David Ma
NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck, designated a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music at the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival, held on September 18 - 20, 2009.

The presentation will be made on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena on Sunday, September 20, at approximately 8:00 p.m., just prior to the Dave Brubeck’s Quartet’s set -- celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Time Out.

Dave Brubeck is one

Continuing Berklee's commitment of giving back to the birthplace of jazz, the college's Gracenotes Volunteer Committee is sponsoring its third annual trip to New Orleans. This year, the committee awarded sponsorships to four staff members and four faculty members. The group will travel to Louisiana with two Gracenotes administrators June 22 28 to help build the New Orleans Musicians' Village, an ongoing Habitat for Humanity project to create new and affordable homes in the city's Upper Ninth War
Berklee's fifth Kendall Square Concert Series takes place every Thursday throughout the summer-and it's free for lunchtime music lovers. Performers include Berklee students and alumni playing original jazz, Latin, hip-hop, rock, folk, funk, and reggae. Concerts takes place in the outdoor plaza at 300 Athenaeum Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, on Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., June 4 through September 10. Concerts will be postponed in inclement weather. The series is sponsored by the BioMed Real
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