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Jazz Elite Come to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus for Free "Jazz Clinic and Concert Series"

Samir ChatterjeeBrooklyn, N.Y. — Tabla player Samir Chatterjee, pianists Orrin Evans and David Berkman, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi will conduct master classes as part of the “Jazz Clinic and Concert Series” this winter and spring at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus.

The free events will be held in the Campus’ Humanities Building, Room 106. The Brooklyn Campus is located in Downtown Brooklyn at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues.

Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 p.m. - Samir Chatterjee will present a master class on “Hindustani Indian Music.” With his impeccable mastery of rhythm, Chatterjee is a virtuoso tabla (an Indian drum) player from India, who has performed at numerous festivals as a soloist and with other outstanding musicians. A catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, he has worked with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Boston Philharmonic.

Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. - Jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Orrin Evans will offer a master class on “Jazz Improvisation and the Music Business for the Freelance Musician.” He has worked as a sideman for Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks and the Charles Mingus Big Band.

Tuesday, March 23, 4:00 p.m. - Jazz pianist, composer and educator David Berkman will give a master class covering various topics from his latest book, “The Jazz Singer's Guidebook.” An award-winning jazz clinician, he has played in countless bands, including those of Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell and the Vanguard Orchestra, and has worked with jazz luminaries Sonny Stitt, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Lenny White and Jane Monheit.

Tuesday, April 13, 4:00 p.m. - Ralph Alessi, trumpeter and director of the School for Improvisational Music, will teach a master class on “Creativity and Improvisational Music.” He has worked with Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane and Uri Caine.

The Brooklyn Campus Music Department offers programs leading to a B.A. in music (applied music or music theory), a B.F.A. in jazz studies and a B.S. in music education in urban schools. Call (718) 488-1668 for more information.

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Press contact information:
Alka Gupta
Assistant Director of Public Relations, Brooklyn Campus
Phone: 718-488-4137
Fax: 718-780-4046

Posted: January 22, 2010

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