The Jazz Academy Jam Sessions are a community-focused, curated jam session series held the second Tuesday of each month in the Jazz Academy October 2022-May 2023. Jazz musicians of all ages and experience levels are invited to participate in the jam. Each session will have a theme with a list of tunes that will be drawn from.
Mr. Berg holds a Master of Arts in Theory and Composition from Montclair State University, NJ and a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
He has enjoyed an active career in jazz for 43 years as a performer in clubs, concerts, festivals, films, radio, and television with such leading musicians as Susanna McKorkle, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Knepper, Joe Albany, Chuck Wayne, Richie Cole, Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Daniels, Fred Hersh, Warren Vache, the Widespread Depression Orchestra, John Pizzarelli, Marty Grosz, Stanley Cowell, and more.
He appears on dozens of commercial recordings with such performers as the Dells, Marty Grosz, Tim Cummiskey, the CCM Faculty Jazztet, Vivian Lord, Dick Mackie, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers, and many others. His CDs of original compositions, A Man is a Tree and Sweet Sorrow, both on Hipgnosis Records, have received critical acclaim.
He is also active as a composer/arranger and his songs, jazz compositions, and orchestral and chamber pieces have been performed and recorded by many artists. He has also written original music for film & television, musical theatre and video games.
As the former Director of Research and Music Development with Brain Actuated Technologies, Inc., Yellow Springs, OH, he designed, developed and patented software for brain-actuated music. He is the inventor of the Berg Bass-in-a-Box, a collapsible semi-acoustic bass. He is assistant professor of Jazz Studies at Central State University, adjunct professor of Jazz Bass at Otterbein University, and a teacher in numerous clinics and workshops throughout the Midwest.