John Mayer and Chick Corea—New Jazz Album in the works. Hope they release it soon!

Chick Corea and John Mayer recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York.

On May 11th 1997 Chick Corea received an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music, a few months later John Mayer came  to Boston to study, and last December they met while they were guests on Stevie Wonder’s “House Full of Toys” Concert. Chick Corea and John Mayer decided to jam and in the end of February 2014 they got together to record in Electric Lady Studios in New York.

They haven’t as of yet, released anything, but John Mayer posted a rough mix of one of their songs/improvisations called “Little Sur” followed by some insights on the creating process.

John Mayer and Chick Corea

Chick Corea also released a podcast where they discuss their project and Improvisation. For more of Chick Corea’s podcasts explore this link.

You can also watch them collaborate live on Late Night with Seth Meyers playing “After Midnight.”

Mayer has also presented 2 clinics at Berklee College of Music. The first you can find on PULSE and online.

John Mayer’s 2008 Clinic at Berklee College of Music: Information and Inspiration 

Part 1 Inspiration from Berklee

Part 2 What it takes to Succeed

Part 3 Turning Information into Inspiration

Part 4 Economy in Songwriting and Playing

Part 5 Working up the Dynamic of Your Solo

Part 6 Honesty in Songwriting

Part 7 The Songwriting Process

Part 8 Getting Started

Part 9 John Performs

You can read about the second clinic on our Berklee Blog or listen to it.

Words of wisdom from John Mayer and Chick Corea!

 

City Music Boston Ends the Year with Five Amazing Concerts

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In the David Friend Recital Hall on May 3rd, the Berklee City Music Mentoring Program held their annual Completion Ceremony Concert. At this event, the ensembles performed an array of songs, ranging from jazz standards to current Top 40 hits. The ten graduating seniors were also given parting gifts to take with them on their future endeavors. This year, the Mentoring Program had record numbers, with forty-one students and forty mentors combining to make one great concert with some notable performances.

The Jazz Ensemble debuted their original group composition, “Q-Improvise” led by Milad Zendehnam.  Featuring mixed meters and several different key signatures playing simultaneously, it was entertaining to the ear on several levels.

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The Rock Ensemble turned up the intensity in the room with their performance of Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” and “Still Into You”, finishing their set with “I Write Sins (Not Tragedies)” by Panic! At the Disco.

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The Pop Ensemble, dressed in matching black, blue, and white, ending the show on a an energetic high note, getting the crowd dancing in their seats with Top 40 hits from Estelle, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams with an original rap thrown in.

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City Music Boston also presented three other concerts on the weekend of May 3-4: the Preparatory Academy Completion Ceremony, the Composer/Songwriter/Arranger Concert, and the High School Academy Completion Ceremony. City Music Boston ended its year on Saturday, May 17 with the annual Faculty Outreach Concert, with featured performances by Boston Public School students at Berklee Performance Center.

Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, and staff on another successful year!

Photos by Photos by Dave Green, courtesy of Berklee College of Music

Happy Birthday Adele Laurie Blue Adkins!

Adele has broken records, won many awards, sold millions of albums worldwide and inspired countless people. Her third studio album is one of the most anticipated albums in history.

Last night Adele tweeted: “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year.” Did she give us a hint about her next album and that it will be released later this year? Let us know what you think!

 

In honor of Mother’s Day here is what Adele did on a new mom’s night out:

Fun Fact: After winning an Oscar she had one made for her son.

What would you do after winning an Oscar?