I just came back from one of the most amazing and intense trips I’ve ever done. I was the pianist and co-leader (with alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo) of this year’s Berklee Monterey Sextet. We did a four-concert tour of California that included two gigs at the Monterey Jazz Festival, one of America’s greatest jazz festivals. There was lots of fun jamming from everyone, as the group consisted of some of the top jazz musicians from Berklee: Erena on alto sax, Nick Frenay on trumpet, John Egizi on trombone, Hoo Kim on bass, Anthony Fung on drums, and special guest drummer Ayinde Webb. And we all prepared our own original compositions for the trip.
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Every year, a different Berklee jazz group goes on a trip to the world-renowned Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. This year, I am honored to be the pianist in the 2012 Berklee Monterey Sextet for four concerts between September 20 and 22. This year’s sextet is one of the largest Berklee Monterey groups in recent history. So there’s a lot of preparation involved. But with all the intense preparation comes great excitement for the trip, and it’s going to be a big deal. We’ll be playing four concerts- two at the festival, a school concert, and a house concert.
Alex Guaraldi is a student producer of the Berklee College of Music Summer in the City music series. He writes about his series, the Berklee Greenway Sessions:
For the past few months I’ve been working with Berklee to help produce the Greenway series in downtown Boston. The goal of this series is not only to showcase some of Berklee’s most talented and original artists, but to reach out to the community and give back to Boston. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Greenway staff and can’t thank them enough for all their dedication and support. Also, I’ve had the opportunity to sample each of the different food trucks that are at each show. It’s hard work, but I’ll manage.
Carly Teft is a member of the Berklee Street Team helping to promote Summer in the City concerts to Boston locals. She writes about the June 14th performance at the Atlantic Wharf.
It was another beautiful day at Atlantic Wharf in Boston. The sun was shinning making the sea sparkle. People gathering around the grassy area, eating lunch, having a casual conversation enjoying the beautiful sunshine, but they were still waiting for something. Music.