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The Yellowjackets Songbook At the Berklee Performance Center Friday, April 8, 2005 To Feature Herb Alpert Visiting Professors, Yellowjackets Members Russell Ferrante and Marcus Baylor

BOSTON, MA — Song, Delta Air Lines' low-fare subsidiary, and Berklee College of Music are pleased to present “Song's Nothing Conservatory About It," an exciting, eight-concert series. The next concert is the Yellowjackets Songbook, Friday, April 8, 2005, 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,MA. Berklee welcomes WGBH-FM 89.7 as the series media sponsor. A pair of roundtrip Song airline tickets will be given away to one concertgoer. General admission tickets, $20 ($15 for seniors), may be purchased at the Berklee Performance Center box office. There is a 10% discount on all tickets for WGBH members. For more information please call 617-747-2261, or visit http://www.berkleebpc.com.

Yellowjackets keyboardist Russell Ferrante and drummer Marcus Baylor will join a top Berklee student ensemble, which has been rehearsing with professors Mitch Haupers and Scott DeOgburn, to perform the group's vocal repertoire. Yellowjackets have worked with many vocalists, including Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Kurt Elling, and Jonathan Butler. Featured vocalists on this concert – Berklee student Jeremy Ragsdale, alumna Christy Bluhm, and Jean Baylor, who has appeared on the last three Yellowjackets albums - will offer a rare opportunity to hear the vocal work of Yellowjackets performed live. The concert marks the live debut of the gospel-flavored song “The Hope," from the brand new Yellowjackets album Altered State. The group will also be joined by Dennis Montgomery III and gospel ensemble Overjoyed on a few tunes, including “Revelations," and “Healing Waters." The Berklee Yellowjackets Ensemble, directed by Dave Weigert, will open the concert.

Berklee College of Music has invited Grammy Award-winning group Yellowjackets to be Herb Alpert Visiting Professors. The group will be in residence for one week each year for two consecutive academic years. In addition to performing in the Yellowjackets Songbook concert, Ferrante and Baylor will be at Berklee April 5-8 for a week of clinics, concerts and master classes crossing several areas of the college, including Contemporary Writing, Harmony, Synthesis, and Voice. Berklee wishes to thank those who have contributed to the Yellowjackets' visit, including Yamaha, Keyboard Magazine, Sabian, ProMark and Wild Whip Records.

The concert and Alpert residency are largely the result of Associate Professor Haupers' work with Yellowjackets. While on sabbatical from the college last year, Haupers worked tirelessly to transcribe and prepare charts for their last five albums for an upcoming multimedia project that will involve a book and DVD. He shot hours of footage of the band in the studio, recording their new album, and also filmed them live in New York City.

In 1977, guitarist Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain “chemistry" and musical affinity that led to the formation of Yellowjackets. The group has made waves on jazz radio ever since the release of its self-titled debut and, through the release of over 25 albums, have received public and critical acclaim, and has been awarded two Grammys. More than two decades after its genesis, the band continues to delve into every corner of the musical universe and weave a multi-layered and innovative tapestry of sonic experience.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and non-performance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70-plus countries, and a music industry “who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today — and tomorrow.

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