Marsalis Music Collaborates With Berklee For Master Classes & Performances: “Marsalis Berklee Jams” 2008 featuring trumpeter Sean Jones

Marsalis Berklee Jams is a collaboration between Marsalis Music, Branford Marsalis’ Cambridge-based record label, and Berklee, representing an attempt to link successful professional bands with college-level students.

October 29th & 30th, 2008 bring two two master classes as well as a couple of performances to Berklee, and the featured artist of this Jam will be world-famous trumpeter Sean Jones. Both collaborators are hoping to continue the success of its last meeting, which took place in April of this year.


Marsalis Jams was conceived by Branford Marsalis as an initiative to provide meaningful interaction between established musical ensembles and dedicated student musicians at the high school and college levels. These consist of mini-residencies that include classroom interaction, and culminate in performance/jam sessions in which the visiting band follows an opening set of its own music by inviting student musicians on stage to play. Marsalis Jams provides a rare opportunity for students to play with working groups and opens a window into the music’s creative process for members of the audience. Since 2003, the program has been successfully presented in colleges and high schools in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Texas.

What Make This Event Different Than Other Similar Collaborations Between Musicians & Students?

Rather than focusing on individual artists mixing with college and high school bands, the approach is to bring individual students into contact with professional bands. This twist makes it a very unique approach to collaboration between professional musicians and students, and its success has already been noted in the similar programs that have been established since inception in 2003. Marsalis Jams are meant to team these professionals up with many universities as well as some high school programs, making it not only an outreach program focusing on the talent of up-and-coming musicians, but also striving to communicate the role of music as a means of professional and individual development.

Event & Ticket Information:

While the master classes are reserved strictly for
students of Berklee College, there will be two public
appearances by Sean Jones & his band:

October 29th & 30th
8:00 pm each night

Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Tickets are $10.00
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster,
just click which date you would like to attend:
October 29th
October 30th

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