Join us live on Zoom as author, composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield leads candid conversations and musical explorations with leading artists from diverse American backgrounds and styles. Each event will feature a different musician speaking about their life and work, sharing clips from live performances, and answering audience questions.

Tickets start at $15 | Use ticket links below | Held in secure Zoom room

Free for Indian Hill Music School and Berklee College of Music students

16apr8:00 pmConversations: Patrice Rushen - American jazz pianist, composer, R&B vocalistFour-time GRAMMY-nominee Patrice Rushen is considered one of the world’s top jazz pianists. She originally found success in the 70’s and 80’s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B, recording the hit song, “Forget Me Nots.” She has performed with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson, and Carlos Santana.8:00 pm Secure Zoom RoomCategory:Conversations

14may8:00 pmConversations: Terri Lyne Carrington - Award-winning drummer, producer, educatorThree-time GRAMMY-winner Terri Lyne Carrington launched her professional career as a “kid wonder” while studying at Berklee. She gained national recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show.8:00 pm Secure Zoom RoomCategory:Conversations

Series host Bill Banfield is the former director of Africana Studies and a Professor Emeritus in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee. His compositions have been commissioned by several leading orchestras, recorded by prominent labels, and performed by luminaries such as Bobby McFerrin, Delfeayo Marsalis, Regina Carter, Billy Childs, and Nneena Freelon. Dr. Banfield served as a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard in 2002 and was invited by Toni Morrison to serve as a visiting Princeton Atelier artist in 2003. He has hosted several National Public Radio/Minnesota Public Radio shows, including his own show, Essays of Note, and his work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Banfield is the author of several books, including Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy. He received his undergraduate degree from New England Conservatory, a master’s in theology from Boston University, and his D.M.A. in composition from the University of Michigan.

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