Berklee's 43rd Annual High School Jazz Festival
March 5, 2011
Berklee's 43rd High School Jazz Festival will showcase over 3,000 students and 200 big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles from California to New England competing for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The annual event, the largest of its kind in the U.S., will include clinics/concerts by the acclaimed a cappella group Pitch Slapped, faculty drummer Kenwood Dennard (Wayne Shorter, George Clinton), Berklee's Concert Jazz Orchestra, and Global Jazz Institute, City Music, Salsa, and P-Funk ensembles, and more. For more information, visit: http://www.berklee.edu/events/hsjazzfest
All concerts and clinics are free and open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Scholarship and award winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m., followed by a winners showcase concert at 7:15 p.m.
Berklee was recently awarded a $68,600 Jazz.NEXT grant to develop a High School Jazz Festival website to extend the reach of this single event to a year-round, interactive, online community for high school jazz instructors and students. It will offer instructional webcasts, online access to student and faculty clinics, artist profiles, festival and campus performances, among other content.
Jazz.NEXT, a national initiative launched in 2009, seeks innovative and substantive approaches incorporating technology to support jazz. This project is funded by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.midatlanticarts.org.
At the event, Berklee will name Radio Cremata the winner of this year's Take Note Award, which recognizes excellence in the teaching of contemporary music education. Cremata, a music teacher at La Salle High School (Miami, FL), will receive a cash prize and an online education package through Berkleemusic.com. Berklee will also name John Sturm the winner of the first Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest. Sturm, a student at Princeton High School (Princeton, NJ), will receive a full scholarship for summer study at Berklee and have his piece performed by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra at the High School Jazz Festival.
10:00 a.m–12:00 p.m. Berklee City Music Ensembles Berklee Showcase Room Ballroom A, Third Level
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Berklee Salsa Ensemble Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, Third Level
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Berklee Global Jazz Institute Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, Third Level
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Drum Clinic featuring Kenwood Dennard Jazz Workshop Room, Ballroom C, Third Level
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Vocal Clinic featuring Pitch Slapped Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, Third Level
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Berklee P-Funk Ensemble Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level
6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m. Awards Presentation Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level
7:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m. Winners Showcase Concert Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level