Berklee Oral History Project: Herb Pomeroy
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Herb Pomeroy Interview
One-on-one interiew with Herb Pomeroy.
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His Berklee job offer, Joe Viola's jazz musicianship.
How and why Joe Viola believed Herb would make a good faculty member.
A pedagogical look at Berklee and academics. Herb describes how the student body has changed since he first began teaching.
Mention of Toshiko (the first international student) and his description of students as one of the richest parts of his career.
Herb speaks of feeling that Berklee was becoming too inbred and how Lee Berk and John Laporta brought in more "outside blood".
"Berklee-itis" and the "Chord Factory Syndrome", John Laporta's influence, and the Jamey Aebersold band camps.
Herb talks about the "downhill slide for jazz" of the 1960's and how that affected the faculty and their musicality.
Herb talks about Gary Burton and what his own teaching style is like.
A discussion on the Billy Strayhorn / Duke Ellington relationship and how Herb used Duke's style in the classroom.
Herb talks about Lee Berk's impact on Berklee and the differences between Larry and Lee. He goes on to discuss what he believes to be the future of jazz.