The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors are an ensemble chosen from the most accomplished graduate- and undergraduate-level players and composers enrolled in the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an honors program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where gifted musicians go to become student leaders of a world community, and to effect positive social change.
Lihi Haruvi, saxophones and leader
Born and raised in Israel, Berklee Assistant Professor Lihi Haruvi is making her mark in the scene as a saxophonist and composer. She has performed on some of the top stages and festivals around the world, including the Newport Jazz Festival, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Beantown Jazz Festival, Birdland NY, Givatayim Theatre (Israel), Jordan Hall, the Berklee Performance Center, and many others. She has performed and studied with some of the world's greatest musicians, including Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ken Schaphorst, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Marco Pignataro, to name a few. She has also performed with Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg, and the multi-platinum Israeli artists David Broza, and Arkadi Duchin.
Haruvi graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance. Previously, she received her Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, where she was selected for the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute program. After working in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center, performing and teaching, Haruvi returned to Boston, where she now resides, and joined Berklee as an assistant professor in the Harmony Department. She continues to perform on the East Coast and internationally, keeping in her heart the importance of music’s power to effect change.
Andrew McAnsh, trumpet
An award-winning trumpeter/composer/educator and recent masters graduate of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Andrew McAnsh was born and raised in the modest city of Cambridge, Ontario. There, at the age of 12, upon his first exposure to the sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, he fell in love with music. Now 28, and an established professional musician with his own inventive, contemporary style, McAnsh still pays homage to the contributions of these two artists, as his greatest personal influences. McAnsh has worked and studied with notable artists including Esperanza Spalding, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Bill Dobbins, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, Pat LaBarbera, Hilario Duran, and Bobby Shew at major international festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Kobe Jazz Walk, Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival and many others.
Vasileios Kostas, lauto
A world-class lauto (lute) player from Greece, Vasileios Kostas attended the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute on a full scholarship. He has performed and collaborated with master musicians around the world including Tigran Hamasyan, Simon Shaheen, and Antonio Serrano and has also studied with the masters of the jazz tradition, like Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington and more. With Berklee, Kostas has appeared as a lauto soloist with the Berklee World Strings Orchestra conducted by Eugene Friesen, and traveled to Spain to present Greek music through the prism of the Greek lute.
His groundbreaking performances on the lauto open new horizons for the instrument in both the Greek traditional and jazz worlds. This direction is featured in his latest collaboration with the living legend and master of the clarinet, Petroloukas Halkias, performing a few of the most demanding pieces of Greek instrumental music. Moreover, under the mentorship of Danilo Pérez at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Kostas has developed his own approach to jazz improvisation on the lauto, bringing new sonic colors to the fore. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, and the Montreal and Panama Jazz Festivals.
Chase Morrin, piano
A composer, arranger and pianist from San Diego, California, Chase Morrin, 23, graduated from Harvard University in May of 2015, earning a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Neurobiology, and from New England Conservatory (M.M.), 2016. He earned a second M.M. at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, in 2017. In addition to his studies, he has garnered accolades that include four ASCAP Young Jazz Composer awards, nine DownBeat awards in composition, arranging and performance, five film scoring and composition awards through the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) the Young Composers’ Guild (YCG), and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist program. Morrin recently premiered his own piano concerto with the Louisville Orchestra. In addition, he has recently released three new albums: The Corn Knight, a duo collaboration with marimbist Yaniv Yacoby; Turtle, a piano trio album with Jonathan Chapman and Jongkuk Kim; and GAPI, a cross-cultural duo project with Korean gagyageum player DoYeon Kim.
Morrin has toured and performed at a number of world-renowned festivals, including the Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Bowdoin International Festival, and Centrum Jazz Festival. He has also performed at Catalina Jazz Club (Hollywood), Vitello’s (Los Angeles), Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Jazz Alley (Seattle); Jazz at Lincoln Center (NY), Dizzy’s (San Diego), Harvard, NEC, and Berklee to name a few recent venues. Chase has been fortunate to study with teachers including Danilo Pérez, Vijay Iyer, Bruce Brubaker, Kati Agocs, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Ken Schaphorst. More information and recordings: www.chasemorrin.com
Jared Henderson, bass
From the small, mountain town of Sisters, Oregon, Jared Henderson began playing bass at age 11, studying primarily with his father. The majority of his early music education came from playing gigs around his hometown, and throughout high school Henderson won many awards at jazz festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. During this time he attended numerous regional and national jazz workshops to help further his music education, which was largely unavailable in their rural setting. In 2009, Henderson received a full tuition scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee, he was a member of the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an intensive honors program headed by renowned pianist Danilo Pérez. Through this program he worked with some of the world’s leading musicians, such as Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ruben Blades, John Patitucci, and Ben Street. In his time at Berklee he was also very fortunate to study with John Lockwood, Dave Santoro, and Hal Crook.
After graduating from Berklee in 2013, Henderson moved to New York City to play music and join the incredibly rich arts scene. In 2016, Jared returned to Boston to pursue a masters degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He graduated in June 2017 and currently resides in Boston, performing, practicing, and teaching. He has performed with artists including Danilo Pérez, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Joe Lovano, Terrell Stafford, Julian Lage, Jason Palmer, Justin Faulkner, Christian Li, and Mike Bono.
Nate Winn, drums
Nate Winn hails from Detroit, Michigan, where music has always been part of his life. He discovered his passion for the drums in church, where he began playing at the age of four. As a teenager, he continued his involvement with music, and to in order to expand his musical vocabulary, he began playing in his high school’s jazz, symphonic, and marching bands. He soon felt ready to take his musicianship to another level, auditioning for the Detroit Civic Jazz Orchestra, directed by master jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave.
After graduation from high school, Nate attended Wayne State University. While in college, he performed around the metro Detroit area in various music venues. Now a part of masters program at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Nate continues his passion to play the drums. He's had the opportunity to work with some of the jazz world's elite, including Pat Metheny, Danilo Pérez, Robert Hurst, Rodney Whitaker, Joshua Redman, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, and Steve Turre. It is Nate’s desire to bring joy into the heart of every person who watches him perform.