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Where Gifted Musicians Grow

Danilo Perez with BGJI students – Photo by Dave Green

Where do gifted musicians go to become student leaders of a world community and affect positive social change?

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Doug Hall

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston, founded by Grammy-award winning jazz pianist, composer, professor and educator Danilo Pérez, through a curriculum that includes world-music exploration from roots up, to arrangements and performances of original composition, to internships and projects in remote under-represented communities around the globe, students develop into ambassadors for humanity. This is not an ethereal concept or group meditation on a “better world” but a hands-on curriculum that directs these young extra-ordinary musicians to park the “self” for a greater good. Pérez speaks to this part and emphasis in the program, “ When somebody has a gift, I believe he/she has a responsibility…you must have the desire to be a role model in society – and step away from your instrument.” BGJI offers a unique alternative approach to a discipline that has often focused more on developing self-achievement and acceptance based primarily on talent. Pérez keeps his mission and integrity close to the selection process, “you have to have the desire to experience the process of human development…fame is a four letter word.”

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Danilo Perez at piano – Photo by Kelly Davidson

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Brandon Malone – More Than A Carpenter

Inspirational conversation with carpenter – sweet soul and mender of broken hearts – Brandon Malone from Los Angeles.
His uniquely simple vision and passion for life is true testament to his sincerity and love for people.
Using his hands and heart we are blessed to walk with him as he brings human touch to his journey as ‘More Than A Carpenter’.
Watch him work his magic this January on DIY Network with Brett Waterman – ‘Restored’.

 

DIY – Restored coming in January with Brett Waterman

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JP Maurice – Bizarre Christmas Incident

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“I’m worrying less about what people think and focusing on being true to my art and my craft and hopefully positive opportunities will come from that.”

JP’S  an artist once discovered you can’t live without.

Bringing bright lights and big city nuance to the country with his own sassy cheek –

‘Bizarre Christmas Incident.’

JP THE  MAURICE MUSIC

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Merry New York Christmas

It was in the season of 2002 that Rob Thomas wrote, recorded and released the Christmas single titled

‘A New York Christmas’

The song intended to help raise funds for the

Blythedale Children’s Hospital

in Westchester, New York. Rob had been performing here a number of years in a private concert for the children.  He says;

“It’s an amazing, sobering thing, you know, to go and you see someone who’s 11, 12 years old who’s going through more than I’ve ever gone through in my entire life. And, you say, ‘How’s your Christmas?'” 

Perhaps the true meaning of Christmas can be found inside those words.

May we each find our own way to give back this season, where it be needed most.

Thank you for a beautiful song Rob Thomas. It’s timeless to hearts around the world.

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