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Guest Post: Jonathan Greenstein – The Radio Show

WBGO has a youtube channel with some of the finest Jazz videos out there, all from live performances that were broadcasted from the New-Jersey studio. I’ve been checking these videos out a lot, listening and learning, hoping that one day it’ll be me in that video. The studio has a black and white tile floor, which is really obvious throughout all the videos. It’s the kind of small detail that my brain likes to hang on to.

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Guest post: Jonathan Greenstein – The Last Class

Only when we arrived at Boston, and unloaded the van did I realize that this trip was our last class for this semester.  After being with Darren for 3 semesters now, one in harmonic considerations and 2 as part of his ensemble, I can literally say that he has changed the way I play and think about music.

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The Club

Another thrilling van ride.  I was much reminded of The Matrix, and Morpheus’s admonition to his crew.  “You told me never to get on the freeway; you said that it was suicide,” Trinity reminds him.  His reply:  “Then let us hope that I was wrong.”  Intact but enervated, we arrive in Greenwich Village at the Blue Note.

 In live performance on WBGO-FM, the Berklee Scholarship Sextet.  From left:  Victor Gould, piano; Emile Martinez, trumpet; Jonathan Greenstein, saxophone; Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar; Josh Hari, bass; and Mark Whitfield, Jr., drums.

In live performance on WBGO-FM, the Berklee Scholarship Sextet. From left: Victor Gould, piano; Emile Martinez, trumpet; Jonathan Greenstein, saxophone; Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar; Josh Hari, bass; and Mark Whitfield, Jr., drums.

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NYC, what is it about you?

To close out the month, Berklee staff are checking in from the hallowed Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan, a place whose very name evokes the genre’s sophisticated greats. Some of our best young jazz musicians will appear there on April 27 (buy tickets), getting their first gander at the city where many move after graduation. Read about the concert.

Associate professor Darren Barrett directs the 2009 Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet with student performers Ilan Bar-Lavi, Victor Gould, Jonathan Greenstein, Josh Hari, and Emile Martinez. Watch for updates from the weekend.

p.s. At 2 p.m. that day, the sextet is playing live on my two jazz uncles’ favorite station, WBGO-Newark. Listen in!

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