Marsalis Berklee Jams Continue With All-star Jazz Trio Fly

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams ,
an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics.

The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis. The featured ensemble for this third installment of Marsalis Berklee Jams is FLY, the highly-regarded collective trio featuring saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. On April 15 and 16, Fly will present two master classes at 1 p.m. and two performance/jam sessions at 8 p.m. While the master classes and participation in the jam sessions are open to Berklee students only, tickets for the concert/jam sessions are available to the public. All events take place at Berklee's student-run Café 939 (939 Boylston St.) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the concert/jam sessions and tickets are $10.

Marsalis Jams was conceived by Branford Marsalis as an initiative to provide meaningful interaction between established musical ensembles and dedicated student musicians at the high school and college levels. The program consists of mini-residencies that include classroom interaction and culminate in performance/jam sessions in which the visiting band follows an opening set of its own music by inviting student musicians on stage to play. Since 2003, the program has been successfully presented in colleges and high schools in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas. This is the third Marsalis Berklee Jam, following programs in 2008 with Miguel Zenón Quartet and Sean Jones Quintet. "The partnership
between Marsalis Jams and the Berklee College of Music has allowed the program to reach a new level, " says Marsalis Music Creative Consultant Bob Blumenthal. "Each band has delivered Series, conceived by alumnus Branford Marsalis, has up-and-coming jazz groups interacting with students in a program of concerts, jam sessions and clinics.

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