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2015 Berklee Honorary Doctorate Recipient: Harvey Mason

“Harvey Mason is probably the most recorded and most influential percussionist in this genre” – Nathan East (legendary studio bassist) What do songs such as “Westchester Lady,” “Chameleon,” and “Mister Magic” have in common? They all feature studio legend Harvey Mason on drums. This year, Berklee has chosen Harvey Mason as one of its honorary [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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HSJF Recap: Alissia & the Funketeers

“This female bassist is the future face of funk music.” – The Huffington Post Alissia Beneveniste is quickly joining the ranks of Berklee musicians to go on and do amazing things with her music. Like Grace Kelly, Nick Smith, Betty Who, and others, Alissia — along with her band, The Funketeers — is cultivating a [...]

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Jazz in India

Jazz in India has a rich history, and has had a great effect on western jazz and world music. EMERGENCE With African-American jazz artists traveling around the world, jazz began to emerge in India during the late 1920s in cities like Calcutta and Bombay. As Bombay became a metropolis, India’s freedom from British rule became [...]

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Remembering Ray Santisi

1933 – 2014 ”As anyone familiar with the Boston scene knows, there are few things finer than hearing Ray take on an acoustic piano. But there are different ways to tackle the challenge, and Ray can make any path work. On June 2nd, Ray decided to put on a clinic. I’m not a piano player [...]

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Jazz Across the Pond: Katy de la Cruz

Born on February 13, 1907, in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippines, Katy de la Cruz (or “Mommy Kate” as she was affectionately known) was heralded as the “Queen of Filipino Jazz,” and was revered as one of the greatest entertainers in the history of the Philippines. De la Cruz’s singing career began when she was a young [...]

Joey Alexander a talented 11-year old pianist who has a bright future ahead of him

Music from the Emerald of the Equator

Indonesia has thousands of islands, each with its own story. The country also has a rich folk music tradition, showcasing the diversity of dialects and languages heard across the various regions of Indonesia. As of late, the nation has also developed a jazz tradition. Indonesia has some very talented jazz musicians, one being Indra Lesmana. [...]

          February 10, 2018