Ted Pease interview

Interviewee biography: 

Drummer Ted Pease earned undergraduate degrees from Berklee (B.M.) and Cornell University (B.A.). He has arranged for the orchestras of Buddy Rich and Dave Stahl and has performed with many greats, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lee Konitz, John LaPorta, Charlie Mariano, and Herb Pomeroy. A distinguished member of the Berklee faculty for decades, Pease was instrumental in the creation of the original Bachelor of Music major in jazz composition in 1980 and has authored several texts in the field of jazz composition and arranging. A recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for jazz composition (1975 and 1986), Pease was also recognized in 1997 by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Grants Program.


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