Concerts, Clinics and Events


8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
First level hallway

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Ensemble Competition/Performances
First, second, and third levels

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Educator and Parent Hospitality Lounge
Room 300, Third Level

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Berklee College of Music Information Tables
(Including Office of Admissions, Summer Programs, and more) third level hallways

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Music Industry Exhibit Tables
Third level hallways

9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Berklee Bookstore, Festival Merchandise, and Music Supplies
Veterans Memorial Lobby, second Level

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Open Jam Sessions
The Jazz Workshop Room, Ballroom C, third level

10:00 a.m.
Campus Tour
Leave from Admissions, second level hallway

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Take Your Improvisation to The Next Level – 10 Steps, Presented by Jeff Coffin
Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, third level

Most musicians will agree that the fundamentals are the backbone of everything we play.  Incorporating what I call, THE BIG 5 FUNDAMENTALS, I will present 10 simple tips using these fundamentals, the extension of these fundamentals, and other various elements of improvisation, to help any musician immediately take their soloing to the next level.

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized musician, composer, educator, and author.  He is a member of Dave Matthews Band, a 3x Grammy Award winner, and a 14-year former member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010).  Jeff also fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, founded the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective, in 2012 started and continues to run Ear Up Records, has played on countless studio recordings, has recorded multiple solo CD’s, produces, engineers, is a Yamaha & D’Addario Performing Artist, is an avid photographer, and still finds time to teach saxophone and improvisation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.


12:30 p.m.
Campus Tour
Leaves from Admissions table, second level hallway

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Being Ready to Get The Gig, Presented by Keyon Harrold
Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, third level

As a jazz musician one has to be ready for many musical situations.  Those situations require you to be prepared technically, stylistically, and mentally. There are things that one can do to have a leg up when opportunities arise.  I will touch on these subjects to create a tool box of critical skills that will have young musicians ready for the music world.  From the stand point of having a good attitude first; reading music for a living, improvisation, critical listening and transcribing, being on time to being seen and heard.  (The importance of going as far back as you go forward in music to build a palette of current musical thought.)

Keyon Harrold was born and raised in Ferguson, MO, the St. Louis suburb that tore into America’s national consciousness in 2014 with the police shooting of Michael Brown and the bitter protests and riots that followed. While Ferguson looms large in Harrold’s album The Mugician, it examines our troubled times through a far wider lens than any one tragedy. Sweeping and cinematic, the music draws on elements of jazz, classical, rock, blues, and hip hop to create something uniquely modern, unmistakably American. Guests including Pharoahe Monch, Gary Clark, Jr., Big K.R.I.T., Guy Torry, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Robert Glasper add to the record’s eclectic nature, but it ultimately triumphs as a unified, cohesive whole both because of Harrold’s virtuosic skill as a trumpeter and songwriter and because of his relentlessly optimistic belief in brighter days to come.

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Jazz Singers Showcase Finals
Room 201, second level

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Almas Antiguas Quintet, Presented by Marco Pignataro
Ballroom C, third level

Marco Pignataro- soprano and tenor sax
Anastassiya Petrova- piano
Grzegorz Wlodarczyk- bass
Tomer Sadot- drums
Tareq Rantisi- percussion

Marco Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophone player, composer and educator. Together with Danilo Perez, Marco currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the world premiere jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Previously, Pignataro was the director and cofounder of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and was the chair of the Jazz Saxophone Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Marco maintains a very active international schedule of concerts, recordings and clinics and he has shared stages with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Rufus Reid, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Street, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis, among others. Pignataro performs and tours internationally with several musical groups, including the Marco Pignataro Jazzet and the Eddie Gomez Quintet, which is featured in the widely acclaimed recent CD Per Sempre (BFM Records). His 2007 release CD “Sofia’s Heart” was highly praised by the press and was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and recorded with a all star group including Gomez and Billy Drummond. Marco Pignataro lasted recording “Almas Antigua” features a stellar band including Eddie Gomez on bass, Alan Pasqua on piano, Adam Cruz on drums, and George Garzone on tenor saxophone (on three tracks of the album). The music is evocative and powerful, blending modern jazz with shades of Mediterranean, folk & Latin influences and very lyrical melodies throughout the CD. Marco Pignataro is a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist and endorser for Applied Microphone Technology Wireless System and for Mauriat saxophones.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level
Directed by Greg Hopkins

3:00 p.m.
Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble, Directed by Bobby Gallegos
Ballroom C, third level

3:00 p.m.
Campus Tour
Leaves from Admissions table, second level hallway

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
HSJF All-Star Ensemble Featuring Jeff Coffin, saxophone; KeyonHarrold, trumpet; Daniela Schachter, piano; Casey Scheuerell, drums; and Dave Clark, bass
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Awards Presentation
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level

Tonight’s award ceremony will open with Greg Hopkins and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, featuring the winner of the new Berklee Jazz Singer Showcase category.

Ensemble packets will not be distributed after the Awards Presentation because all scoring will be done online. Competition scores for all classes will be posted outside the auditorium at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Ensemble directors will have access to their ensemble’s individual scoring forms by logging into their account on the website.

6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Winners Showcase Concert
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, second level


          January 26, 2019