The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Jazz Masters Series featuring Danilo Perez
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director.
The Pablo Ablanedo Octet inhabits the intersection where jazz and classical forms meet South American rhythms and styles. Cross-pollinating the jazz lineage of Bill Evans and Gil Evans with Argentinean tango, zamba, vidala and chacarera, and following in the tracks of Astor Piazzolla and Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean born composer Pablo Ablanedo’s written compositions leave ample room for the improvisational skills of his talented group of musicians. The compositions are tailored to the group’s unconventional lineup: violin or flute, trumpet, two reeds, guitar, piano, bass, and drums.
Donna Dufresne is an eclectic singer, songwriter and performer in northeast CT. Gypsy Romantique is the newest incarnation of Donna’s adventures in song writing. Melding the gypsy inspired Paris hot club jazz of the 1930’s and American western swing of the same era, with their Latin influences and a touch of unabashed schmaltz.
Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting and one of the top songwriters to emerge out of the fertile Boston folk scene. He helped create a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk rock style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 90’s. His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk.
Joel Cage is an award winning veteran singer and songwriter from Boston. A one-time member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 15 years.
Jeffrey Foucault grew up in a small town in WI. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing, which are not so different when you think about it. He went to college, dropped out, worked on a fruit farm and started writing songs. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and homeschooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000.
Jazz guitarist Mitch Seidman (pronounced Sideman) has performed at concerts, jazz festivals, and nightclubs throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has recordings on Jardis (Germany), Cadence, Kyran, and Brownstone Records. His performances and recordings have included numerous renowned jazz musicians.
He is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, was a contributing editor to 20th Century Guitar Magazine for many years, and co-authored the book Playing the Changes : Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.) http://www.mitchseidman.com/