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Tiger Okoshi

Berklee Associate Professor Toru "Tiger" Okoshi has observed dualities in his life over the years. With a grin, he tells me about how he was recently booked for two performances on the same night at the same hour in two different places. Remarkably enough, he showed up on time for both gigs. The fact that the two venues were on opposite sides of the international dateline helped the logistics considerably. Tiger is a nickname given him by pianist Ted Lo '75, one of the first friends he met when he arrived at Berklee. Tiger is the part of Okoshi's personality that is the renowned jazz trumpeter who got his start in the U.S

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Scofield: Swallow Tales

Read "Swallow Tales" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It was Gary Burton who brought Steve Swallow—with electric bass in tow—into the teaching ranks of the Berklee College of Music in the early 1970s. Burton had already introduced Swallow's songs to the students, one of whom, a fresh-faced John Scofield, would go on to play and record with both men. Scofield and Swallow's musical partnership ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part I

Read "Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Traditions are traditions... For this year's Hanksgiving episode we celebrate the work of a truly original artist, Hank Roberts. The Indiana-born, upstate New York-based, cellist, jazzaphone fiddler and vocalist, is one of those rare musicians whose name on the front or the back of an album should make any one purchase that record without questions asked, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nato a Istanbul da genitori turco-ciprioti, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol è un orchestratore, etnomusicologo e pianista che ha studiato composizione a Berklee con Herb Pomeroy e al New England Conservatory con George Russell e Bob Brookmeyer. Suona professionalmente da due decenni ed è un prolifico autore che spazia dal jazz orchestrale alla dimensione classica, dalla musica tradizionale ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Turkish multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol has a wide variety of interests and clearly isn't afraid to think big. His second album, Resolution features two distinct ensembles: a 19-member jazz orchestra and a 12- member jazz combo. Each track, except for “A Dream in Nihavend" and the set closing “Love Theme from Ergenkon," features ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Colin Cannon: Intermission (Farewell)

Read "Intermission (Farewell)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Reading the spare (and tongue-in-cheek) liner notes of guitarist/composer Colin Cannon's Intermission (Farewell), one could easily get the idea that Cannon wrote, arranged and produced the album for a relatively small inner circle of friends, family and associates. Referring to that cohort, he writes, ..."and besides you people, I don't particular care who else listens to ...

NEWS: CAREER

Trumpeter Sean Jones Named Chair Of Berklee's Brass Department

Trumpeter Sean Jones Named Chair Of Berklee's Brass Department

Berklee College of Music has named noted trumpeter Sean Jones chair of the college’s Brass Department. Jones will build on the legacy of the department and ensure that graduates have the skills to thrive in a music industry that is ever-changing. He succeeds trombonist Tom Plsek, who served as chair for 25 years. Jones is an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder

Read "Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Was Delfeayo Marsalis undertaking a task too challenging when he recorded music from one of Duke Ellington's most beloved albums to make Sweet Thunder? Gunther Schuller offers a doctrine that seems to suggest this has been so. Apparently the size and composition of the ensemble lead to this mishap. Would it have been remiss, to replicate ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Thailand International Jazz Conference, January 28-30, 2011

Read "Thailand International Jazz Conference, January 28-30, 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Thailand International Jazz Conference Mahidol University School of Music Bangkok, Thailand January 28-30, 2011It's almost impossible to go anywhere in Thailand without hearing music at all hours: people sing for their own enjoyment as they go about their daily business, displaying a lack of inhibition generally absent in ...


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