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Berklee Offers New Elite Summer Jazz Workshop

Berklee College of Music has offered the Five-Week Summer Performance Program since 1987, giving high school students the opportunity to study jazz, pop, rock, funk, fusion, and R&B. This year the Five-Week Summer Performance Program is inaugurating the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, a special program for the best and brightest high school jazz players from around the world who have recently auditioned for Berklee. All students selected for the program will receive full scholarships and housing, and will take special courses in addition to some of the Five-Week classes. The program's Artistic Director, acclaimed drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, will lead the students in an ensemble, which is planning several concert performances.

The Summer Jazz Workshop was initiated by Berklee president Roger H. Brown, offering scholarships with the goal of providing top-notch music instruction to talented high school students who might not otherwise be able to attend. Says Bob Doezema, Associate Director of the Five-Week Program, "We are committed to providing talented young musicians with the most comprehensive and rigorous program for jazz performance. We want high school students to know that Berklee is the place to be to study and play jazz at the highest level." The instrumentation for the first Summer Jazz Workshop will be three horns, a four-piece rhythm section, and a vocalist. However, the lineup may vary from year to year, depending on the specific talents of the musicians chosen.

Students attending the Summer Jazz Workshop will be immersed in all aspects of performance, including playing in ensembles, developing improvisational and reading skills, and improving technique. They will also attend lectures and clinics by the workshop faculty, which, in addition to Carrington, includes Tiger Okoshi, Rick DiMuzio, John Lockwood, Jeff Stout, and Daryl Lowery. Says Carrington, "I am very excited about working with the students in taking their musical dreams a little further. I am reminded of my own experience as a young up-and-coming musician getting my feet wet under the tutelage of many great teachers at Berklee, so this is full circle for me, and I plan to give back with the same integrity and commitment. Having worked closely with the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, a collegiate program of similar nature, I have seen incredible growth from this kind of intensive study."

Terri Lyne Carrington, a native of Medford, MA, developed a reputation as a child prodigy, jamming with Dizzy Gillespie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oscar Peterson, and many more. At age 11 she received a full scholarship to Berklee, where she played with Kevin Eubanks, Mike Stern, and Branford Marsalis, among others. In 1983 she moved to New York and worked with Stan Getz, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and David Sanborn. Carrington later became the drummer for The Arsenio Hall Show, and the TV show Vibe. She spent seven years on tour with Herbie Hancock and has also toured with Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, and Al Jarreau. In addition to being an in-demand side player and producer, Carrington has released the albums Jazz Is A Spirit, Structure, and the Grammy-nominated Real Life Story. Carrington will be a visiting professor in the Percussion department during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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  • Artist / Group Name: Terri Lyne Carrington
  • Subtitle: Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington to Lead Ensemble
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