Thursday, January 10, 2008

"Listen To My Voice!" — The Beat Podcast with Milton Fletcher

Milton Fletcher was playing on the Monterey County High School All-Stars band in 8th grade. Kinda like Pistol Pete Marovich playing varsity ball in his small Pennsylvania hometown.

The Monterey High School grad attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he majored in Music Business. He lives in Southern California, working on movie scoring while playing in the rock/reggae/pop/ska band The Fabulous Rudies. He has performed on occasion with jazz luminaries such as Joshua Redman and Christian Scott.

Fletcher is returning home next week to participate in the Monterey Jazz Festival's Traveling Clinicians Program, a workshop series that takes professional jazz musicians and teachers into classrooms to give specialized mentoring. Fletcher is a beneficiary of the program, having participated since middle school. The 25-year-old is the youngest clinician in this year's program.

Fletcher took time to talk with "The Beat" about the traveling clinician program and his love of jazz music. You can listen to the stream here, and download the podcast as an mp3 here.

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