April 22, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
The Berklee College of Music's "Effortless Mastery" Ensemble, directed by pianist Kenny Werner, performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click below to hear this concert.
Werner also spoke with Rhonda Hamilton about Berklee's new "Effortless Mastery" Institute, which teaches students holistic techniques for developing and maintaining healthy performance practices.
All month long in April, WBGO is showcasing student ensembles with vocalists who performed live in our studios for Jazz Appreciation Month. All of these full sets will be available online. Enjoy!
Click on the image below to see a slideshow from this live in-studio performance.
Berklee College of Music "Effortless Mastery Ensemble
live at WBGO 4/20/15
Kenny Werner, piano, Long Island, NY
Vivienne Aerts, voice, Leiden, Netherlands
Edmar Colon, sax, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Mao Sone, trumpet, Chiba, Japan
Max Salinger-Ridley, bass, Boston, MA
Tiago Michelin, drums, Cambridge, MA
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April 21, 2015Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
The public youth music education program known as El Sistema has reached hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans, largely through participation in classical music ensembles. In 2007, drummer Andrés Briceño and head of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music Valdemar Rodríguez introduced a jazz program to El Sistema, with the goal of promoting the music throughout Venezuela. The flagship ensemble, Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz, presents the work of both American jazz masters and Venezuelan composers, and like its orchestral counterparts, has now toured the U.S.
Jazz Night In America presents Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz during a recent stateside sojourn, from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola within New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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April 20, 2015
In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes its 2015 class of Jazz Masters. The performance will be webcast live Monday at 7:30 p.m. EDT here and via arts.gov, jazz.org, wbgo.org and Sirius XM radio.
The honor is the most substantial federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized each receive a $25,000 grant. This concert includes performances by Bley and Lloyd, as well as appearances by other NEA Jazz Masters and guest artists from multiple generations. Bassist Christian McBride, who is also host of NPR's Jazz Night In America, will emcee.
Since 1982, the NEA has now recognized 136 Jazz Masters (or group awards), all of whom were living at the time of their selection. In addition to the one-time grant, recipients are also invited to participate in NEA-sponsored performances and education programs across the country.Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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