Julio Iglesias

Honoring Julio Iglesias

  On May 9, 2015, Berklee will honor one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Julio Iglesias, with an honorary doctorate, alongside Doug Morris, Harvey Mason, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Having recorded in 14 different languages and sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Julio Iglesias has been a staple of the adult [...]

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Doug Morris to Receive an Honorary Doctorate at 2015 Berklee Commencement

Doug Morris has had an ideal career in the music business by anyone’s standards; the current CEO of Sony Music has held important positions at nine different record labels, pioneered avenues for the online music market, and has produced and written classic songs and musicals that have enjoyed overwhelming success. Morris is currently No. 7 [...]

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Vaudeville: A History (Part 2)

At the turn of the 20th century, the Wright Brothers took their first flight and Henry Ford mass-produced vehicles that enabled people to travel more freely, enabling a sense of movement during the century’s first decade. Along with these economic changes, there were changes in the arts, especially in painting, literature, music, and theater. Vaudeville [...]

Miles Davis First Great Quintet

“I’ll play it and tell you what it is later”

Miles Davis’ First Great Quintet Miles Davis led two of the most popular recorded quintets of all time. They were called “The First Great Quintet/Sextet” from 1955-58 and “The Second Great Quintet” from 1964-68. “The First Great Quintet” consisted of Miles on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on [...]

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Vaudeville: A History (Part 1)

  Vaudeville was the most popular form of American entertainment from the 1880s up until the late 1920s. It influenced almost every form of entertainment for future generations. Music, performance, acting, as well as the entire music industry matured during the Vaudeville days. This kind of entertainment is essential in understanding the development of the [...]

Orrin Keepnews

Remembering Orrin Keepnews

Orrin Keepnews never wrote a jazz standard. He never led a band. He was never a sideman on an influential recording. And yet, Orrin Keepnews was one of the most important figures in jazz, founding multiple record labels, bringing many of the all-time greats into the spotlight, and producing a seemingly infinite quantity of classic [...]

          February 10, 2018