BCA-011 - Berklee Oral History Project interview collection

The Berklee Oral History Project (BOHP) began as a Stan Getz Library initiative in August 1998, relaunching in 2005 after a brief hiatus. The BOHP is devoted to documenting the lives of musicians who have made significant contributions to the music world as well as the Berklee College of Music community. In short, the BOHP aims to chronicle the rich and diverse history of Berklee and Boston music from those who have lived, shaped and defined it. Interviewees discuss their time spent at Berklee College of Music; their performances in and around Boston; and their experiences learning and playing music. Topics include jazz history, the Boston Jazz community, musical education, the early development of the Berklee College of Music.

With the exception of the first three interviews (conducted by Library staff members) and the occasional panel, the vast majority of interviews have been carried out by journalist and retired Berklee College of Music faculty member Fred Bouchard. Bouchard holds a B.A. from Boston College and was an associate professor in Berklee's department of liberal arts. He has written for publications such as Down Beat, Jazz Times, All About Jazz, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, the Patriot Ledger, and Jazz Journal International.