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Masters of Music: Conversations with Berklee Greats

by Mark Small, Andrew Taylor
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Never before has there been such an impressive collection of personal interviews from as varied a cast of music industry superstars! In this compilation of interviews from Berklee Today, the alumni magazine of Berklee College of Music, read about how these luminaries got their breaks, and valuable lessons learned along the way.

Read about Paula Cole's astonishing experiences navigating the recording industry, George Martin's take on technology's effect on artistic freedom, Patty Larkin's creative process, and anecdotes from Alf Clausen on scoring The Simpsons.

Also featured are interviews with such famous Berklee alumni as Quincy Jones, Steve Vai, Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, Jan Hammer, Emily Remler, Alan Silvestri, Ernie Watts, Arif Mardin, Sadao Watanabe, Abraham Laboriel, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Zawinul, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joe Lovano, John Robinson, Mike Stern, Herb Pomeroy, Harvie Swartz, Al Di Meola, Steve Smith, Howard Shore, Neil Stubenhaus, Bill Frisell, Rob Mounsey, Vinnie Colaiuta, and members of Aerosmith.


"No other book of interviews I know brings you closer to what it's really like to make music for a living. These lively conversations offer unique insights into the practical and artistic decisions that musicians face in their daily working lives. You come away from them with a better appreciation of the musician's art and craft."

- Ed Hazell, Freelance Jazz Critic

"This collection of interviews reflects a profound contribution to the realm of jazz and pop music. From the concert stage to less visible, behind-the-scenes roles such as composition, arranging, and recording, the artistic accomplishments of Berklee alumni make life more pleasurable and meaningful. This book is filled with insights into what makes a professional musician tick."

- Jim Ferguson, Educator, Author, Grammy-nominated Writer