The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Honors Joanne Brackeen During Fifth Annual Summit at the BPC

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Submitted by Susan Scotti

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its fifth annual BGJI Summit on Tuesday, March 31, at the Berklee Performance Center. This year’s summit is hosted by Joe Lovano, Gary Burton Jazz Chair at Berklee, and will honor longtime faculty member Joanne Brackeen with a Living Legacy Award.

The BGJI Summit will also pay homage to the great jazz masters who have contributed to the Berklee jazz legacy over the course of its history and will feature BGJI students performing with world-renowned jazz musicians and Berklee faculty including Tia Fuller, Greg Hopkins, John Lockwood, Matt Marvuglio, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

“I am thrilled to be hosting an evening of music honoring the incredible contribution of member and world-renowned pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen,” said Lovano, who also serves as mentor and faculty for the BGJI. “We’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Described as “a visionary of extraordinary depth” by Tony Bennett, Brackeen is a pianist, educator and composer whose long list of accomplishments include being the first woman in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and gracing the stage alongside jazz greats like Clint Houston, Eddie Gómez, John Patitucci, and Billy Hart. She has also been the leader on 25 albums that include over 100 original compositions, and has hosted her own cable television show, Joanne Brackeen Presents.

“Joanne Brackeen has been at the forefront of american music and her contributions have been extremely valuable to the entire  Berklee  community,” said Danilo Pérez, artistic director for the BGJI. “It is an honor to be able to dedicate this BGJI summit to her music.”

The BGJI Summit takes place Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 p.m. at the BPC, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets are available for $8 in advance/$12 day of show at the BPC box office or berklee.edu/bpc. The venue is wheelchair accessible.