Brookdale Music Instructor Jim Josselyn has released six original songs from his latest album, ‘Early Summer Evening,’ recorded in Brookdale’s state-of-the-art studio with the assistance of students enrolled in the Music Technology program.
Jim Josselyn, an alum of Brookdale, holds a master’s degree in music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He teaches Music Business and Music Technology at the college. He has been a professional musician since 1987, performing at renowned venues such as Lincoln Center, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, alongside artists like Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Jeb Patton, Jim Ridl, and others at various clubs and festivals across New York and New Jersey. Jim’s original music has been featured in over forty television shows, two commercials, and two independent films.
Josselyn’s passion for music education is reflected in his dedication to sharing his knowledge and experience with those interested in music.
Reflecting on his experience, Josselyn shared, “Teaching at Brookdale has been a fantastic experience, and meeting Frank Slater, also a Brookdale alum who teaches the advanced Pro Tools class at Brookdale, opened up this exciting opportunity. Over 20 students were involved in the recording, and they were terrific.”
The recording studio is equipped with innovative technology from companies like Avid and Neve; Slater and Josselyn and his team collaborated closely with Brookdale students, who helped set up microphones and equipment and assisted in engineering the whole recording session.
“This collaboration not only enhanced the anticipation surrounding the release but also gave invaluable hands-on skills to the students, providing real-world learning experiences,” said Slater.
For “Early Summer Evening,” Jim Josselyn collaborated with fellow musicians, including German Gonzalez on guitar, Mike Noordzy on bass, and Mauricio DeSouza on drums. The album explores the captivating rhythms of Brazil, encompassing the Bossa Nova and Samba genres, paying homage to Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa while infusing modern jazz influences from renowned artists like Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and Pat Martino.
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