Rene Marie asks rhetorically, "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" and answers her question in song. Enjoy the only night on record with the exuberant Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Allan Harris together, singing music by Eric Bibb, Oscar Brown Jr., Donnie Hathaway, Gene McDaniel and Leonard Cohen.
Guitarist Howard Alden has been hailed as one of the greatest of his generation. Howard and I worked together in the early years of our careers and this conversation, our first in a series recorded on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, gave us a chance to play together again, and talk about Howard’s experience teaching Sean Penn to play the guitar for Woody Allen’s film Sweet and Lowdown.
Vibraphonist Gary Burton started out gigging with Chet Atkins, George Shearing, and Stan Getz. Along with his own groups he has turned out notable projects with Chick Corea, Pat Metheney, and recently, Julian Lage. He also has been an influential professor at the Berklee College of Music. On this Piano Jazz, Burton solos on Jobim's "O Grande Amor and joins McPartland for "Sophisticated Lady.
This week Al is joined by Cristopher Sawyer, co-author of the new book "Denholms". Throughout this segment they will be taking a behind the scenes view of the history and memory of a Massachusetts landmark, the Denholms and McKay department store. For 103 years the largest department store outside of Boston was a true Worcester destination and a holiday wonderland. So tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a nostalgic trip back in time.
This week on Jazz Inspired, host Judy Carmichael invites multi-talented funny man, Seth MacFarlane. Best known for his animated television series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland show, jazz has inspired Seth throughout his life and he discusses how it is used in his work.
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra directed by Greg Hopkins
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is one of the most prestigious large jazz ensembles on campus and in the country. We play mostly original jazz compositions by our talented student writers. Please stop by and hear some of the freshest and most inspired jazz compositions played by some of the most creative young performers anywhere in the country today.
Hailing from all parts of the globe, this international group really exemplifies the great "melting pot" that music can create, especially here at Berklee.