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 BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
Jazz Writers' Collective and Thinkin' Big are two cooperative bands inspired by the same goal: performing the compositions and arrangements of emerging Jazz writers. Founded by Jazz Composer and Arranger Lorenzo Carrano, the Jazz Writers' Collective has been showcasing the writing of some of the most talented composers in the Boston area since the summer of 2010. The band, that originally only featured three horns plus rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass and drums), eventually expanded its instrumentation to include three saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone.
Boston based saxophonist and composer Mario Cerra will present a collection of original works and some jazz standards. Mario's music is deeply rooted in jazz tradition, seasoned with South American rhythms, and propelled by the interpretation of some of the finest musicians around. Come celebrate Spring and enjoy this exiting night with us!
Mario Cerra: Saxophones
Phil Grenadier: Trumpet
Doug Johnson: Piano
Brook Sofferman: Drums
John Lockwood: Bass
Special Guest: Geni Skendo (Shakuhachi & Bass Flute)