This season featured conversations with legendary jazz pianist, composer, and R&B vocalist Patrice Rushen and three-time GRAMMY-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Details on the 2021-22 season coming soon!
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.