[members-announce] Berklee Remembers Herb Pomeroy: April 1 tribute features Joe Lovano, Hal Galper, Jack Walrath, Greg Hopkins & BCJO

Toni Ballard toniballard at townisp.com
Fri Mar 7 13:25:16 EST 2008


 

BERKLEE REMEMBERS HERB POMEROY

 

TRIBUTE CONCERT TO FEATURE

JOE LOVANO, HAL GALPER, JACK WALRATH

AND GREG HOPKINS AND THE BERKLEE CONCERT JAZZ ORCHESTRA

 

Proceeds to benefit the Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Fund

 

BOSTON, March 7, 2008 -- On Tuesday, April 1, 2008, Berklee College of Music
will present an historic musical event, as colleagues and former students
converge to honor the memory of beloved trumpeter and educator Herb Pomeroy,
who passed away in August, and whose four decades teaching at Berklee helped
the college earn its world-wide reputation as the premier institution for
the study of contemporary music.  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the
Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Fund.

 

The Herb Pomeroy Tribute Concert begins at 8:15 p.m. at the
wheelchair-accessible Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue,
Boston.  Tickets are $10 ($5 for seniors) go on sale today and can be
purchased at the BPC box office.  Call 617-747-2261 or visit
www.berkleebpc.com <http://www.berkleebpc.com/>  for more ticket
information.  The Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Fund awards a scholarship each
year to two or three outstanding students in Berklee's Jazz Composition
Department. Those wishing to make a contribution may send checks (made out
to Berklee College of Music) to: Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Fund (Attention:
David McKay), Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
02215.

 

The concert will feature Greg Hopkins and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
performing large ensemble arrangements -- many written especially for this
concert -- by some of Pomeroy's former students who have gone on to become
celebrated figures in the music industry.  The concert will include
compositions and arrangements by Berklee alumni Toshiko Akiyoshi '59, Alan
Broadbent '69, Michael Gibbs '63, the late Gordon Brisker '58, Laura Andel
'96, and Jackson Stock '71, who will also conduct his composition, as well
as Berklee Professor Phil Wilson and former faculty Ted Pease '66, Bob
Freedman and the late John LaPorta.

 

Three renowned guest artists, all Berklee alumni who were members of
Pomeroy's student band, will also be featured: saxophonist Joe Lovano '72,
pianist Hal Galper '57, and trumpeter Jack Walrath '68.  Also performing
that evening will be some of the musicians who played with Herb Pomeroy
throughout his career as one of the most important figures on New England's
jazz scene, including pianist Paul Schmeling, trombonist Phil Wilson,
saxophonist Mark Pinto, drummer Fred Buda, bassist John Repucci, and drummer
Artie Cabral.

 

The concert has been organized by Ken Pullig, chair of Berklee's Jazz
Composition Department.  Says Pullig, "Those of us who had the privilege of
studying and working with Herb will always remember his inspirational
teaching, the beauty of his playing, his sense of humor, and the warmth of
his friendship.  By performing music written by those directly inspired by
him, we hope to celebrate his artistic legacy.  With Herb it was always
about the music, and this concert promises to be a most wonderful evening of
music and great memories."

 

Herb Pomeroy, who was 77 when he passed away last August after a bout with
cancer, was, as his idol Duke Ellington once said, "beyond category."  A
revered member of Berklee's faculty for 40 years, Pomeroy, with Berklee
colleagues John LaPorta and Joe Viola, virtually invented formalized jazz
education.  He was also a versatile trumpeter who made numerous albums as a
bandleader and dozens of recordings as co-leader and sideman, including
sessions with Charlie Parker and Charlie Mariano.  Pomeroy took up the
trumpet after seeing Louis Armstrong on film.  During his freshman year at
Harvard, he spent nights sitting in at Boston's jazz clubs before
transferring to Schillinger House (now Berklee) for five semesters.  Between
1953 and 1955, he spent months on the road with the big bands of Lionel
Hampton and Stan Kenton and the Serge Chaloff Sextet.  Joining the Berklee
faculty full time in 1955, Pomeroy developed classes in line writing,
arranging, and Ellingtonian orchestration, earning the reputation as one of
jazz music's greatest teachers as he nurtured such future luminaries as the
late producer Arif Mardin '61, "The Simpsons" composer Alf Clausen '66,
composers and arrangers Alan Broadbent '69 and Rob Mounsey '75, vibraphonist
Gary Burton '62, late keyboardist Joe Zawinul '59, bassist Abe Laboriel '72,
and film composers Mike Gibbs '63 and Alan Silvestri '70, to name only a
few.  A public memorial service celebrating Herb Pomeroy's life and music
held last September at Emmanuel Church in Boston drew musicians from around
the world.

 

For a detailed biography of Herb Pomeroy, please visit Berklee Today at:

http://www.berklee.edu/bt/192/bb_pomeroy.html.

 

 

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principal that the
best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and
practice of contemporary music, be it hip-hop, rock, jazz, country, gospel,
electronica, Latin, or funk.  For 60 years, the college has evolved
constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business.
With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and
talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry
"who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the
music of today and tomorrow.

 

 

For more information, photos, artist biographies, or interview requests,
contact:

Toni Ballard, 508-633-8583, toniballard at townisp.com

 

 



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