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Jeff Berlin: For the Kids

Jeff Berlin

Even at age 54, electric bassist Jeff Berlin says he’s still a student on his instrument. Learning has been a career-long quest for Berlin, who studied in classical conservatory settings as a child prodigy on violin, then switched to bass at 14 and developed his heralded technique at the Berklee College of Music. In 1997, Berlin founded the Players School of Music in Clearwater, Fla. Along the way, he’s also managed to keep both a sense of humor and sense of purpose.

That sense of humor is evident on the native New Yorker’s latest CD, Aneurythms (M.A.J.), which features other puns-in-song titles like “Don’t Be Happy! Worry!” and “A Mark You Remade.” Berlin’s sense of purpose is evident in the reason he founded the Players School in the first place.

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