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The church, R&B, country, jazz, and Ray Charles

Pan-stylistic fiddler and Berklee professor Matt Glaser was trying to come up with a selling point for his bosses at school on an idea for his American Roots Program — a symposium on blues, country music, and jazz.
Ultimate fusion
By JON GARELICK  |  September 07, 2012

George Clinton takes a victory lap through Boston

We are all George Clinton's babies.
Dr. Funkenstein, PhD
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2012
Portlandia TV

May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
O! Lucky you!
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 17, 2012
[mp3] Julia Easterlin preps for CMJ, covers Radiohead + the Pixies with Paul Kolderie

[mp3] Julia Easterlin preps for CMJ, covers Radiohead + the Pixies with Paul Kolderie

Armed with a vocal dance and a cavalry of loops, drums, drones and beats, JULIA EASTERLIN is heading down to the Dirty Apple for CMJ...
By Michael Marotta  |  October 18, 2011
good mornin old sport

Mornin' Old Sport launch our pop-up video series with jazz-inspired '20s country

Allston's Mornin' Old Sport play jazz-inspired country songs, brimming with three-part harmonies and a rare chemistry amongst the group's four members.
Sound on the streets
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 12, 2011
jazz music Mark McGrain

Mark McGrain takes Plunge, music ensues

Trying to find continuities in the strains of jazz history can be a dizzying, foolish, irresistible head game. Original as it is, this stuff all comes from somewhere, right?
Contrapuntally speaking
By JON GARELICK  |  June 24, 2011

music industry ideas

10 ideas that can save the music industry

If you're a music fan, over the past few years you've had to wrestle with the moral question of our time: to pay or not to pay.  
Rethinking music
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 22, 2011

Rollin' with Oates

"The secret of a handclap is to only move one hand," John Oates said Friday, addressing a group of Berklee students. "If everyone is moving their hands, they'll never do it together."
The man behind the mustache
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 22, 2011

Electronic Havana

If you were to hear that a group of Berklee students were spending a week in Cuba, you probably wouldn't be too surprised.
Another side of Cuba, another side of Berklee; plus Jason Stein and the Dymaxion Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  November 26, 2010
PODCAST: Nick Flynn reads from "The Ticking Is the Bomb" [MP3]

PODCAST: Nick Flynn reads from "The Ticking Is the Bomb" [MP3]

Folks, we have a special Father's Day treat for you all -- an exclusive podcast of Nick Flynn reading from his new book, The Ticking...
By Carrie Battan  |  June 19, 2010

Netsky notes

Hankus Netsky founded the Klezmer Conservatory Band 30 years ago at New England Conservatory and sparked an American klezmer revival that continues to this day.
The KCB's main man talks Klezmer
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010


Greasing the skids

Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
Berklee grad Ben Maitland-Lewis had a successful music career and a high-powered job at a major record label. Then he gave it all up for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 2010

Edan | Echo Party

There are two ways to get intimate with Berklee-schooled track surgeon Edan’s latest throwback symphony.
Five Day Weekend (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009

Scholarship gigs

When in 1999 Björn Wennås moved from Sweden to Boston to study jazz guitar, he hardly imagined that he'd one day be playing in an ensemble that specializes in Italian folk music of the 12th to 19th centuries.
Newpoli and Steven Bernstein do their homework
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009

Women in Rock

Berklee College of Music’s Women in Rock residency brought together female African-American musicia...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008

Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records’ Kendall Square Concert Series

We hesitate to admit it, but the number of warm-weather days we have left is quickly dwindling. Our...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008


Street fare

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has grown from a one-day street fair to 10 days of activities that encompass club gigs as well as the signature afternoon multi-stage event in the South End. Here are some highlight
Goodies from Berklee's Beantown Jazz Festival
By JON GARELICK  |  January 01, 1900