Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Philadelphia Clef Club

The fourth Master Class to perform at The Berklee City Music Network 2013 Conference was the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. The band was directed by Lovett Hines with Will Wright on the piano and featured Immanuel Wilkins on alto sax, Yesseh Furaha-Ali on tenor sax, Antonio Robinson on bass and Cameron Cephas on drums.

Check out Tipitina’s Foundation’s Master Class Performance,

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s Master Class Performance

and Berklee City Music Boston’s Master Class Performance.

Coming up next: the release of a new video from the Conference Master Class, and if you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here to view the application.


Inspired in Memphis

We’re busy gathering all of the wonderful feedback and footage from the conference to share with the Network.   Thanks to the Network and all attendees for your comments.  As we grow, we need YOUR input.

Here’s what was said, which will motivate, challenge, and push us to make the 2014 Conference in LA a greater success.

Hidden gem!!

I enjoyed opening my mind to new ideas. I walked away feeling like I had a glimpse into a bigger world, and that inspired me to be stronger.  I also enjoyed the exposure to the Stax program.  The PULSE curriculum is inspired by American soul music and seeing that passion in action helped me connect some of the fundamental goals more thoroughly.

Strength of conference: The interaction and passion shared by liked-minded individuals supporting best practices in music education. The education enrichment varies from organization to organization but they all share the common goal of reaching all children no matter where they are. 

Articulate speakers fusing the creative and educational perspectives

Great Conference – looking forward to LA in 2014!

UPDATE: “Walking in Memphis” BCMN 2013 Conference Playlist

This week’s update to the playlist features many Stax artists such as Otis Redding, The Staples Singers, Sam & Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, and Rufus Thomas.  A special thank you a blog reader Peter, for his suggestions of The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and Johnnie Taylor’s “I Believe in You.”

If you have any suggestions of songs you would like to be added to the playlist please leave a comment and we will add them to the to the playlist next Friday.  Also, if you are in coming to this year’s BCMN Conference or are planning on going to Memphis for another reason, be sure to stop by and see our friends at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.  You will not be disappointed and will leave with a great amount of knowledge on the music of Memphis.

“Walking in Memphis” – The 2013 BCMN Conference Playlist

Beale Street – Memphis, TN

We are getting more and more excited as the conference draws nearer, and we want to share our excitement with you through our 2013 BCMN Conference Playlist entitled “Walking in Memphis,” after the song by Marc Cohn (who is actually from Cleveland, OH).  Aside from Marc Cohn, the playlist features artists who are from the Memphis area, including just over the state lines into Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as Stax artists.

Be sure to follow the playlist as we will update it each Friday until the conference begins, and please comment below to tell us songs that you would like to be added to it.

Food in Memphis: Interactive Map

Memphis is famous for two things: music and food. The two complement each other to offer one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. In Memphis, the food is rich in flavor, but cheap in price. The local BBQ is well-known, and you can sample it “wet” – with spicy, tangy sauce – or “dry” – rubbed with spices before cooking. Above is a map of low to moderately priced dining options in Memphis. It includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

If you haven’t signed up to join us in Memphis for the Berklee City Music Network Conference 2013, register here!