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Patrice Rushen (September 23-27)


Patrice Rushen, is an award-winning musician and composer who is one of the most sought-after artists in the music industry. The classically trained pianist originally found success in the '70s and '80s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop, and R&B. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song "Forget Me Nots," which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists. Rushen is also a four-time Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry's top award shows, including the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and HBO's Comic Relief V. Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, Rushen has performed with many artists, including such esteemed names as Ndugu Chancler, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Lee Ritenour, Carlos Santana, Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. She is a record producer and an award-winning composer of symphonic music, some of which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Rushen is also an artist in residence/curriculum consultant for the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music's Popular Music Program. Rushen also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS's Grammy in the Schools program, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.

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All sections come together to interact with the invited visiting artist. The artist will share with students about his/her life as an artist, definition as an artist and practice as an artist.

9/23 Monday 4-5:50pm Harvard Club
9/24 Tuesday 9-10:50am St. Cecilia’s Church
9/26 Thursday 9-10:50am; 11-12:50pm; 4-5:50pm St. Cecilia’s Church
9/27 Friday 2-3:50pm Harvard Club

Patrice Rushen, pianist and composer

Harry Pickens (October 7-11)

Harry Pickens is a pianist, composer, teacher, organizational consultant and engaged citizen. His inspiring and unique recordings, concerts and workshops have touched the lives of over 250,000 people over the past 25 years. Pickens was born in the coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia and currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky. A modern-day Renaissance man, Pickens has integrated his many interests and talents into a unique and multifaceted career.

His international career as a jazz pianist has taken him to 17 countries throughout Europe, Japan, and the Americas, collaborating with many top names in the jazz field – Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Milt Jackson (Modern Jazz Quartet), Don Braden (musical director for The Cosby show), Bob Hurst (bassist for The Tonight Show) and hundreds of others. Performance credits include recordings on the Blue Note label, international radio and television appearances (including Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz), and engagements in top concert and club venues worldwide.

Harry has also been a classroom teacher on the elementary, middle, and high school and collegiate levels. He has also conducted seminars and workshops on Leadership, Personal Mastery, Communication, and Social Artistry throughout the US and created/promoted community-wide celebrations that tap the power of the arts to inspire positive social change. Part of this biography came from Kentucky Muse.

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Events at Berklee:

10/7 Monday 4-5:50pm Location TBD
10/8 Tuesday 9-10:50am Location TBD
10/10 Thursday 9-10:50am; 11-12:50pm; 4-5:50pm Location TBD
10/11 Friday 2-3:50pm Location TBD