Mar 272013

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra plays at Groton School in April

Lisa Aciukewicz
Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra plays at Groton School April 7Nineteen of the best and brightest young talents at the Berklee College of Music, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (BCJO), headline the Groton School”s Annual Jazz Festival next month, performing a free public concert on Sunday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

BCJO Director Greg Hopkins, professor of jazz composition and a jazz trumpeter with Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, will lead the ensemble. In addition to playing pieces by jazz masters including Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, and McCoy Tyner, the group will perform a brand new repertoire of original student compositions that bend the jazz canon and use the many colors of a big band in innovative ways.

Prior to the concert, Hopkins and the BCJO will participate in a workshop with the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, Soul Sauce, under the direction of Kenji Kikuchi. The group is known as one that melds rich musical talent from around the world, fusing international and regional musical styles.