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Postcard: California bluegrass with Ben Powell and alt-string band Dr. Magpie

One fiddler meets another: Ben Powell with Natalie MacMaster

From one fiddler to another: Ben Powell with Natalie MacMaster

Greetings from sunny San Francisco! Since touching down on Wednesday, the sun has been shining and the temperatures have been beautiful with gentle cool breezes…. Welcome, Dr. Magpie. After checking into hotel TOMO! in Japantown, Rob Hayes and the six members of the band (including me, the violinist) ventured to a local Johnny Rockets to kick off the trip!

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Going to Monterey, coming to Berklee

From the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival

Onstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Onstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival

This year’s Berklee Monterey Quintet is playing three times on the Monterey Jazz Festival. The first gig is performing for 600 wiggly, middle school music students, at lunchtime, on the day before the festival begins. The show takes place on the Garden Stage, where the group performs again, complete with fifth member Billy Buss, on Friday night.

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Postcard: Charlemont Reggae Fest—the prof’s perspective

Matt Jensen, assistant piano professor and founder of the Bob Marley Ensemble, weighs in with his experience at the festival.

The Berklee Bob Marley ensemble performed on August 8 at the Charlemont Reggae Festival way out in beautiful Charlemont, Massachusetts.

Ensemble leader Matt Jenson poses with his inspiration.

Ensemble leader Matt Jenson poses with his inspiration.

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Postcard: Charlemont Reggae Festival

Berklee musicians are having so much fun touring this summer that it should be made a capital offense… yes, I’m jealous. Here’s a postcard from student bassist Tim Luckow.

So far at Berklee I have had many memorable moments, but few can compare to playing the Charlemont Reggae Festival with the Bob Marley Ensemble.

Berklees Bob Marley Ensemble with Bob (sort of) at the Charlemont Reggae Festival, August 09

Berklee's Bob Marley Ensemble with Bob (sort of) at the Charlemont Reggae Festival, August '09. Correspondent Tim Luckow is the guy in the back with the red plaid shirt (bass not shown).

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