Bill Withers will join Ron Weisner on his panel on Tuesday, November 4 titled “The Challenges of Change: Remaining Fresh, Being Creative, Developing for Tomorrow’s Industries” with other guests Tommy LiPuma, Bobbie Colomby, and Ray Chew.
Withers, originally from West Virginia, recorded a number of hits including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Lovely Day.” In 1967 he relocated to Los Angeles and financed his own demos, which led him to Sussex Records with Clarence Avant who got Booker T. Jones to produced Withers’ first album Just As I Am, which featured “Ain’t No Sunshine.” At the 14th Annual Grammy Awards in 1972 he won the Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Prior to winning the Grammy the song had previously sold over a million copies and went platinum. In 1980 he released “Just the Two of Us” with saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., which later went on to win a Grammy.
In 2005 Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2006 received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award presented to ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of Rhythm and Soul music.
Don’t miss out on this great event and the opportunity to interact with Bill Withers and others at the Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles November 2-5.
Leveraging Resources to Support Our Children’s Future
This powerhouse panel brings together individuals with immense music industry experience, demonstrated nonprofit growth in student development, and legislative knowledge. Mark Slavkin, moderator, will walk the panel through a dynamic discussion that addresses many of the issues we collectively face as a Network, music educators and arts administrators, and will offer innovative strategies for leveraging music resources to support the growth and development of our students, Network, and shared vision. We’re advocating for our student’s development today and building a future for them tomorrow.
Ron Weisner is a legendary manager/producer of music-related live events, television shows, and specials. He has work with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Earth, Wind & Fire among many others.
Charly Schwartz is the COO of Little Kids Rock. Charly brings over twenty years of experience in team leadership, operational management, marketing and youth development.
Myka Miller, Executive Director of Harmony Project in Los Angeles, is responsible for putting musical instruments into the hands of over 2,000 children. She is a musician, oboist, teacher, and agent for social change through music.
Mark Slavkin is vice president for education at the Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Mark directs a wide range of programs and services that help advance arts education in schools and communities across Los Angeles County.
At Youth Power-Up Day on Sunday, November 2, part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, there will be a jam session with Kevin Eubanks, the former leader of The Tonight Show Band. The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY. The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.
Join us at Youth Power-Up Day for a free outdoor community festival to learn tips on entering the music industry, preparing for college training, and engaging with others in playing an instrument — beginner or advanced. Youth and their families are especially encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public, in downtown Los Angeles! Presented by Berklee City Music and A Place Called Home, in cooperation with Grand Performances, as part of the 2014 Berklee City Music Network Conference.
For those students who would like to participate in the jam session please CLICK HERE to complete the application.
At the end of the master class students from each band were selected to be in the finale band, led by musical director and Berklee alumni Rob Lewis, where they performed Rufus Thomas’ “Walking the Dog.” Watch this video to see highlights from the master class and the finale band.
Berklee City Music Boston was the third band to perform at last year’s Conference Master Class. The band was led by Berklee City Music Boston faculty member Greg Holt and consisted of Grace Mann on vocals, Ngomane Bolden-Dendy on trumpet, Gustav Hossin-Endl on tenor sax, Antonio Shiell-Loomis on guitar, Joshua Sutherland on piano, Christoff Glaude on bass and James Doran on drums.
Stay tuned next week for the release of a new video from the Conference Master Class, and if your ensemble is interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here to apply.