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Berklee Remembers Abercrombie With Signature Series Performance

Jazzed Magazine • News • October 17, 2018

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In celebration of the late guitar virtuoso John Abercrombie (‘67), the Berklee Guitar Department paid tribute to his life, music, and memories with friends and longtime collaborators during a Signature Series performance. The concert featured Guitar Department faculty, students, and guest artists.

“Abercrombie was one of the first guitar students to attend Berklee with six others in 1962. Now there are 1,000 of them,” said Rick Peckham concert producer and guitar professor. “Alongside classmate Mick Goodrick, Abercrombie began his legacy of craft and artistry here, exploring sonic textures untouched and unrealized by others. A masterful accompanist, he served as an indispensable catalyst to projects, promoting the guitarist as a viable leader of innovative ensembles. His performances and recordings inspired us to be better listeners, players, and teachers. This concert is our way of thanking him and recognizing his many gifts to the musical world.”

The concert featured visiting artists Joey Baron (drums) and Lage Lund B.M. ‘00 (guitar), with Berklee Global Jazz Institute faculty Joe Lovano B.M. ’72 (tenor saxophone) and Ben Street (bass). Also featured were Berklee faculty Larry Baione ’71, Jeffrey Lockhart, Bruce Saunders, and Tim Miller, and select students and alumni.

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