VIP, March 1996
There are musicians and there are great musicians. Then there are the
handful of players blessed with gifts simply not available to the rest
of us. They are the musician's musicians. Jeff Berlin is one of the gifted
ones. Jeff's the bass player recognized by musicians and fans around the
world as one of the most influential players to ever pickup the instrument
(and that's taking into account a lot of very talented people).
Here's just few things that have been said about Jeff's playing:
Eddie Van Halen: "There's nobody better on bass.
The greatest jam session I ever had was with Jeff. He was amazing."
Jerry Lee Lewis: "He's a killer. The boy's a playing
fool. He showed up at my session and I didn't know you could play a bass
John McLaughlin: "Jeff Berlin is almost alone in
his greatness as a bass player."
Jeff Berlin has other qualities that make him more than a standout musician.
Jeff is committed to education. To improving the quality of music instruction
for students who want to be the best players they can be. It is to that
end that Jeff started The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida.
It's Jeff's goal to have a music school second to none. By putting together
a faculty made up of some of the finest instructors and educators in the
country The Players School of Music offers an outstanding curriculum.
A curriculum based upon proven techniques, with an emphasis on personal
attention. Jeff even oversees the day to day operations of the school
to assure that the quality of the instruction and the educational experience
meets his high standards.
In addition to Jeff's playing and his involvement in education, he is
also aware of the importance of hearing health issues. He's been a solid
supporter and friend of H.E.A.R. Jeff uses his school and his public appearances
as opportunities to alert musicians and music fans to the dangers of exposure
to excessive levels of volume. He knows ear protection and preventative
measures are important to healthy hearing.
H.E.A.R. is proud to honor Jeff Berlin as our March V.I.P. His talent
as a player is matched only by his willingness to give back to the musical
community what he has learned and what he can share. Jeff is an example
we can all learn from. Even if we can't play a lick!
P.S. To learn more about The Player's School of Music call (800) 724-4242
or email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. you can also visit their web
site at www.playerschool.com/music-ed.