2013 Conference Master Class Performances

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The 2103 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class Finale Band with clinicians Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, and music director Rob Lewis.

At last year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class five bands performed and were critiqued by guest clinicians Kirk Whalum and Shoshana Bean.  Check out these videos of students from the Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Program, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

Tipitina’s Foundation

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

Berklee City Music Boston

Philadelphia Clef Club

Stax Music Academy

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.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.  Make sure you apply by July 1 to not miss the deadline!

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Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Stax Music Academy

Stax Music Academy was the last band to perform at the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class.  The band was led by Paul McKinney, Instrumental Director; Terrilyn Douglas, Vocal Coordinator; and Justing Merrick, Artistic Director.  The band featured Craylon Davis, Ronesha Davis, Tia Henderson, April Horner, Kyler Gilkie, and Johnathan Lee on vocals; Tahj Mason and Josiah Taylor on alto sax; Anthony Moore on baritone sax; Dallas Dodson and Kordae Maples on guitar; Lijulianna Thomas and Joshua Huggins on keys; David McKinzie and Solomon Smith on bass; and David Pruitt and Marrick Flowers on drums.

Check out the other master class performances featuring Tipitina’s Foundation’sLincoln Park Performing Arts Center’sBerklee City Music Boston’s, and the Philadelphia Clef Club.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Tipitina’s Foundation

At last year’s conference five bands from around the Berklee City Music Network performed and were critiqued by guest clinicians Kirk Whalum and Shoshana Bean.  Check out  this video of students from the Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Program featuring  John Michael Bradford, trumpet; Elise Gonzalez on electric, bass; Thomas Glass, drums; and Donald Harrison, piano.  Donald Harrison is the Artistic Director of the Intern Program.

Stay tuned next week for 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 apply.

 

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class 2013

If you joined us in Memphis at last year’s conference, you may recall that we had a wonderful Performance Master Class at Minglewood Hall, conducted by Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, with music director, Rob Lewis.

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See what went down in Memphis, featuring performances by student ensembles from Tipitina’s Foundation, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

 

Don’t miss the 2014 Conference this November in LA!

Rickey Minor Workshop at Stax Music Academy

Rickey Minor with Stax Music Academy Student-Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Rickey Minor with Stax Music Academy Student – Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography

Emmy-nominated music director, Rickey Minor, visited Stax Music Academy last month. During the workshop students performed 3 songs arranged by Rickey Minor, received invaluable feedback, and enjoyed Q&A session about the music industry. One of the highlights of the event included Rickey Minor as well as Kirk Whalum joining the students on a few songs such as, “Rock Steady,” by Aretha Franklin, and “What’s Going On,” by Marvin Gaye.

Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Kirk Whalum and Rickey Minor with Stax Academy Students - Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Kirk Whalum and Rickey Minor with Stax Academy Students – Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography

Rickey Minor is the Emmy-nominated music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was formally the music director of American Idol. His distinguished resume also includes the Grammys and the Super Bowl, and he has collaborated with major recording artists including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Beyoncé Knowles, and many more. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen.  http://rickeyminor.com/

Article courtesy of Stax Music Academy.

Photos courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography.

For more information please read Soulsville Foundation and Stax Music Academy Newsletter: Click Here

Playlist Update: Snowbound

Below is our updated playlist with more staff holiday and seasonal song favorites, plus a favorite from our blog reader Peter.  Please leave a comment and tell us your favorite holiday song and why, and we will be sure to add it to our holiday playlist and include your name and your song in next Friday’s final blog post and playlist update.  Happy Holidays from all of us at Berklee City Music!

“Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” – Nat King Cole

  • Whenever this song came on the radio, everyone in the car would stop talking and my family would sing this altogether, completely out of key. – Joanne D.

“Mele Kalikimaka” – Bing Crosby

  • I remember my parents playing the record every year when we put up our Christmas tree. (It’s also from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is one of my favorite holiday movies!) – Jean C.

“The Little” – Kirk Whalum

  • This is such a cool version of “The Little Drummer Boy” with just voices singing and beatboxing.  I first heard it on a Jazziz holiday sampler and really dug the harmony and chords that are sung at the 2:25 minute mark and the offbeat entrance.  It’s so hip and I still wait for that moment when I listen it today.  – Arin C.

“Hallelujah” – George Frideric Handel

  • Handel’s Messiah is synonymous with the winter holiday season, and its “Hallelujah” chorus has become an expression of pure joy and celebration.  Even if you don’t know what “Hallelujah” means, Handel’s music tells us everything: it alternates between an insistent repeating phrase while modulating upwards.  It’s catchy, and both literally as well as emotionally uplifting all at once. – Andrew S.

“Skating In Central Park” – Horace Silver

  • Chosen by our blog reader Peter O.  Unfortunately the Horace Silver version is not available on Spotify so as a substitute we have used the Bill Evans and Jim Hall version.