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Celebrating International Jazz Day and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute 3rd Annual Summit
(Published: March 30, 2013)

In celebration of International Jazz Day, The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its third annual BGJI Summit, featuring master drummer Brian Blade with BGJI all-stars Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci.

Blade, who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana,established himself as a versatile, accomplished drummer early in his career, appearing on the albums of Joni Mitchell, Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman, and Bob Dylan, among others. In 1998, when he was 27, Blade released his first album, The Brian Blade Fellowship, on Blue Note, which was highly acclaimed and solidified his standing as one of the most sought-after jazz drummers of the era. Since 2000, Blade has been a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, described by the New York Times as "a band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the 21st century."

The first part of the concert will feature the BGJI Red and Green student ensembles playing original compositions. The ensembles feature students from Spain, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Following the first set, Brian Blade will join artist-in-residence saxophonist Joe Lovano, world renowned bassist John Patitucci and BGJI artistic director and pianist Danilo Pérez.

UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez says the concert is scheduled for the end of April to honor International Jazz Day and the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent. In November of 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight the virtues of jazz as vehicle for peace, unity, and dialogue between people. The year 2013 also marks the beginning of UNESCO's International Decade for People of African Descent for the "recognition, justice, and development of people of African heritage." Africa, where jazz draws its origins, will be honored this year with a special screening of a short documentary that will present the BGJI's recent trip to Benin and Togo.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

More Information: http://www.berklee.edu/events/detail/13336/bgji-jazz-summit

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