Bassist Rick McLaughlin appears at the Old Town Hall in West Stockbridge on Saturday September 24 alongside guitarist Sheryl Bailey and drummer Yoron Israel. Image courtesy of Rick McLaughlin.
Stockbridge West — In case you haven’t noticed, Berklee College of Music in Boston is a hotbed of monstrously skilled jazz musicians. (For jazz studies, Jazzfuel.com ranks only two music schools above Berklee: Juilliard and New England Conservatory.) And people who have taught or studied at Berklee continue to show up in the Berkshires. Yoko Miwa, for example. Also Daryl Lowery, Kirill Gerstein, Max Levinson, George Russell, Richard Boulanger and Jonathan Bass (not to mention saxophone phenom Grace Kelly).
And the latest is the Rick McLaughlin Trio, made up of bassist Rick McLaughlin, guitarist Sheryl Bailey and drummer Yoron Israel. The Three Berklee Professors will close the West Stockbridge Historical Society’s 2022 Jazz Concert Series at Old Town Hall on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. (concert begins at 8 p.m., following a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. h 15)
Rick McLaughlin is not only a bassist and associate professor at Berklee (formerly assistant director of the jazz department at the New England Conservatory of Music), but also a composer. His take on what it means to be a musician owes much to Boston music legend Gunther Schuller:
“One concept that I really believe in comes from Gunther Schuller, and that’s the concept of the complete musician. The complete musician is a powerful performer who can hear very deeply the music being created and, by thinking both analytically and historically, can understand the larger context of it.
“If you add to that the ability to compose and arrange music, to give concerts, to tour, to record and, of course, to teach, then the complete musician becomes someone who has a holistic vision. music. I think it’s invaluable to students as it helps them get out of the classroom and onto the stage. »
Guitarist Sheryl Bailey has been recording her own music for 27 years. During this period, she released nine records and one live DVD, “The Sheryl Bailey 3 Live in NYC” (Mel Bay). Yes, she has her own trio, what she calls “a modernized take on the organ trio” and what JazzInside Magazine calls “the ultimate organ trio.” Critics rave about her chops: “A sizzling guitar goddess,” joked Elliot Simon of “All About Jazz.” The Villager’s Lee Metcalf wrote that Bailey can “go from zero to blazing in two strokes…balancing superior technical skill with strong lyrical flair and a swinging touch.” Joe Taylor of Soundstage wrote, “Bailey combines stunning mastery of the key with a seemingly endless stream of melodic invention.”
In Bailey’s Free Guitar Lessons, you can see why Berklee hired her. In addition to being a great player, she is very easy to listen to and understand. Listen to her play the guitar here.
Drummer Yoron Israel is president and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. He is also pastor of music and arts at Destiny Life Center International in Randolph, Mass. He has led a number of groups and teaches workshops internationally. He is also working on his doctorate. In his spare time, Yoron plays drums in all kinds of places for all kinds of people, from Shanghai to Havana, from Sonny Rollins to Tony Bennett. In the Boston area, this has included Laszlo Gardony, The Makanda Project and Gabrielle Goodman. In addition to his own recording projects, Israel has performed as accompanist on over 300 recordings. His latest recording, “New Dreams”, features his band Trio Plus. His Boston-based quartet is called High Standards.
Catch the Rick McLaughlin Trio at the Old Town Hall in West Stockbridge on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. (talk at 7:15 p.m.).
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