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Entrevista com Yuto Kanazawa para o Berklee Blogs

This post was authored by Andre Vasconcelos, writer of the Brazilian Portuguese tab for the Berklee Blogs.

Mais uma entrevista para vocês caros leitores! Desta vez eu tive a honra e o prazer de entrevistar uma das grandes promessas do Jazz Yuto Kanazawa. Originalmente de Tokyo no Japão, o guitarrista e compositor de 26 anos de idade está lançando o seu primeiro álbum “Earthwards” no Scullers Jazz Club em Boston na quarta-feira, dia 13 de Fevereiro. Yuto nos fez o favor de conceder alguns minutos para uma rápida entrevista para o Berklee Blogs Brasil. Abaixo deste parágrafo se encontra a entrevista.

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Interview with Yuto Kanazawa for the Berklee Blogs!

Yet another interview to you my dear readers! This time I had the honor and the pleasure to interview a great prominent talent on the rise. Yuto Kanazawa, hailing from Tokyo, Japan is a 26 year old jazz guitarist and composer that is releasing his very first album “Earthwards” at the Scullers Jazz Club on February the 13th. Yuto was kind enough to take time off of his busy schedule to meet with me for a quick interview for the Berklee Blogs. Below this writing is the video for the interview.

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Berklee Presents Mario Castro at the Newport Jazz Festival

For the third year in a row, Berklee has been invited to present a top student band at the Newport Jazz Festival.  The Mario Castro Quintet was chosen to represent the college on a 2011 festival lineup filled with alumni like Esperanza Spalding, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Hiromi, Avishai and Anat Cohen, to name just a few.

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Mississippi scholarship winners announced in more intimate confines

The Berklee Mississippi Exchange Band. From left: Saxophonist Mario Castro, bassist Lenny Stallworth, drummer Taylor Gordon, and keyboardist Eric Finland.

The Berklee Mississippi Exchange Band headed to the Delta Blues Museum’s outdoor stage, ready for their first set of the day.  It would be during the Juke Joint Festival debut by a Berklee group when the summer scholarship winner would be revealed.  Both contenders, with family members and close friends were stage side, waiting, smiling politely, keeping cool.  The two young women in all of their composure made an impression, and were an example to emulate when, suddenly, we realized that there were no drums or backline on stage.

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The snare drum rolls in Clarksdale for the summer scholarship applicants

From left: Kyleen Thomas and Paula Thompson, Delta Blues Museum Arts & Education Program students.

I can’t imagine what the two young women have been thinking since their scholarship auditions at the Delta Blues Museum on Thursday.  Jacquline Gooch and Paula Thompson, students from the Delta Blues Museum’s Arts & Education Program, were both outstanding.  Gooch, 19, accompanied herself on a guitar with a sliver of worn wood below the sound hole that looked like a scar.  I imagined the hours she’s played her instrument, writing her own songs and learning others.  Thompson, 15, stood with the microphone in hand and sang for a small audience of family and museum staffers.  Kyleen Thomas, 12, another museum student, played bass while instructor Daddy Rich played guitar for Thompson.  Rich, museum gift shop manager Chris Coleman, Berklee professor Lenny Stallworth and I judged the two singers and multi instrumentalists.  It’s hard to choose one of them when there are two talented and deserving hopefuls.

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