Oct. 16, 2006
On September 22, Numark, Alesis and Akai Professional hosted a concert and awards ceremony entitled Milestones at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. The evening presentations included Bruce Swedien, for Recording/Engineering Innovation, Al Kooper, for Performance/Production Innovation, and Michael Brecker. Additional honorees included: Run-DMC founder DJ Jam Master J Marley Marl DJ Premier, GrandWizzard Theodore, Grandmixer DXT, Jazzy Jay, and DJ Jazzy Joyce. Live performances included Mike Phillips and John Blackwell, Al Kooper, turntable wizard Roc Raida and a host of others. Proceeds from the event will fund the Numark, Alesis and Akai Professional scholarships for the Berklee College of Music City Music Program. The Berklee City Music Program is a five-week tutorial and mentoring program that gives urban teens access to music education at no cost to them or their families. Since 1991, the Berklee City Music Program has been a life-changing experience for nearly 500 economically disadvantaged young people.