Believe it or not, they did! As the funky Latin grooves and beautiful arrangements floated out into the rainy, cloudy Saratoga midday, Paulo suddenly played the chimes in his percussion kit (see pic). Like a film score, the sun rays illuminated my forehead and reflected off some audience members’ glasses… including my colleague, great friend, and mastermind of this amazing student touring/recording project, the one and only Mr. Rob Hayes!
Tag: Berklee at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival
Berklee at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival
Hello, I’m writing in preparation for a great musical road trip tomorrow, where I’ll be taking La Timbística, a fantastic Latin jazz group comprised of some of the most talented Berklee students. The group is led by a great young percussionist, Paulo Stagnaro, who I happened to work with before in the recording of the Panama Suite, a big band composition I produced while studying at Berklee (who then released it through Artistshare.com in 2007).
WBGO has a youtube channel with some of the finest Jazz videos out there, all from live performances that were broadcasted from the New-Jersey studio. I’ve been checking these videos out a lot, listening and learning, hoping that one day it’ll be me in that video. The studio has a black and white tile floor, which is really obvious throughout all the videos. It’s the kind of small detail that my brain likes to hang on to.
Only when we arrived at Boston, and unloaded the van did I realize that this trip was our last class for this semester. After being with Darren for 3 semesters now, one in harmonic considerations and 2 as part of his ensemble, I can literally say that he has changed the way I play and think about music.