TEDxBoston 2009

Philippe Crettien, Casey Berman

Jazz Education and Innovation

Along with Casey Berman, an exploration of Boston’s vibrant culture of innovation in jazz theory, improvisation, and composition — both past and present — and local conservatories that honor the classics while unlocking the creativity in jazz’s next generation of rising stars. 


Speakers' Biographies

Philippe Crettien

Philippe R. Crettien is chairman of the jazz department at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA, leading instrumental instruction, saxophone, Jazz Orchestra, and other ensembles. He has a B.A. from the Berklee College of Music; honors in philosophy and literature from the French Lycee of London; and a degree in Musicology from the Sorbonne, Paris.

Casey Berman

Casey Berman is a graduating senior at the Rivers School and Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA. He has been studying music since he was seven years old, starting at the Longy School of Music in Boston. Playing lead saxophone in the Rivers Big Band and Select Combo 1, he has earned top awards at the prestigious Charles Mingus and Essential Ellington competitions in New York, at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival and Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE/MAJE) competitions in  Massachusetts. Casey will be attending New York University as a Jazz Studies major in  the fall.

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