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[Berklee 2011 Honorary Doctorates]

Berklee president Roger H. Brown will present Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Kenny Garrett, Mavis Staples, and Michael McDonald with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee College of Music's commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 7, at the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena at Boston University. Commencement speaker Kenny Garrett will address more than 900 Berklee graduates, their parents, and invited guests.

This year's honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influence in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Dizzy Gillespie, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Juan Luis Guerra, Nancy Wilson, David Bowie, the Edge, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Chaka Khan, Bonnie Raitt, Ahmet Ertegun, Kenneth Gamble, and Leon Huff.

On commencement eve, as is Berklee's tradition, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers at a concert held in the Agganis. The concert and ceremony are not open to the public.

Burg, Liz "Garrett, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Staples, McDonald to Be Honored." BERKLEE | Berklee College of Music. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
<http://www.berklee.edu/news/3315/garrett-chucho-and-bebo-vald-s-staples-mcdonald>.

2011 Commencement Honorary Doctorates:




Chucho Valdés


Sublette, Ned. "Together Forever." Downbeat 76.3 (2009): 38-44. [This article profiles the father and son Cuban musician Ramón "Bebo" Valdés and Jesús "Chucho" Valdés.]

Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés, known for melding diverse musical styles with virtuosic dexterity, plays a prolific role among the Cuban jazz community.  … Valdés has released more than 85 albums under his own name, and he has gone on to win four Grammy Awards for the albums Live at Newport, Habana,Live at the Village Vanguard, and Chucho's Steps. Valdés has performed internationally at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Blue Note Jazz Club, often sharing the stage with jazz giants like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, Tito Puente, and many more.

Burg, Liz "Garrett, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Staples, McDonald to Be Honored." BERKLEE | Berklee College of Music. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
<http://www.berklee.edu/news/3315/garrett-chucho-and-bebo-vald-s-staples-mcdonald>.

On Display:
New Conceptions
CD 22926
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Live at The Village Vanguard
CD 16946
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Chucho’s Steps
Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers
CD 32152
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Juntos Para Siempre
Bebo & Chucho
CD 31280
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Bebo Valdes


Born Ramón Emilio Valdés Amar in Havana, Cuba, in 1918, pianist, bandleader, composer, and arranger Bebo Valdés is often dubbed the most important Cuban musician of our time. Playing a leading role in the golden age of Cuban music, Valdés has been an unparalleled member of the Latin jazz community since the 1940s. He began working as a pianist and arranger for Ernesto Lecuona and Rita Montaner and went on to play an important role in the development of mambo before creating his own rhythm, batanga. … In 1994, Valdés released Bebo Rides Again, a collection of Cuban jazz classics and Valdés originals produced by Paquito D'Rivera, reviving his career. Four years later, Valdés was invited by director Fernando Trueba to appear in and play on the soundtrack for his 2000 documentary on Latin jazz, Calle 54. Valdés earned a Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy Award for his work on the film, catapulting him to newfound stardom. Over the last decade, Valdés has released many more acclaimed albums, including Lágrimas Negras with Flamenco heavyweight El Cigala, and has worked on four more films, which have gained recognition by the prestigious Spanish Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences and by the BBC. Since his first Grammy nods in 2000, Valdés has won two additional Grammy Awards and five additional Latin Grammy Awards.

Burg, Liz "Garrett, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Staples, McDonald to Be Honored." BERKLEE | Berklee College of Music. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
<http://www.berklee.edu/news/3315/garrett-chucho-and-bebo-vald-s-staples-mcdonald>.

On Display
Cuban Dance Party
CD 3128
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El Arte del Sabor
CD 21483
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Blanco y Negro : Bebo & Cigala en vivo
DVD 2627-2628
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Kenny Garrett


Milkowski, Bill  “Kenny Garrett: Chasin' Train”
JazzTimes   26:5 (June 1996)  p. 26-28, 30, 106-7

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, flautist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett has released 18 albums as a leader and appeared on more than 230 as a sideman, showcasing his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B. The Detroit native rose to success quickly; he was performing in the Duke Ellington Orchestra before he'd even finished high school. Garrett went on to perform with other groups, including Miles Davis ' band, before releasing his first album as a bandleader, Introducing Kenny Garrett, in 1984. In 1997, Garrett released Songbook, his first album entirely of his own compositions, which earned a Grammy Award nomination, as did 2006's Beyond the Wall. Recently, Garrett joined the jazz legend supergroup the Five Peace Band with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, and Vinnie Colaiuta, and he won a Grammy Award for the group's eponymous album.

Burg, Liz "Garrett, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Staples, McDonald to Be Honored." BERKLEE | Berklee College of Music. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
<http://www.berklee.edu/news/3315/garrett-chucho-and-bebo-vald-s-staples-mcdonald>.

On Display
Kenny Garrett Collection
MP106.G34 2004
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African Exchange Student
CD 11255
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Simply Said
CD 15750
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Sketches of MD
CD32618
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Mavis Staples


Hall, Russell "New Release Spotlight: Mavis Staples" The Performing Songwriter 16:113 (November 2008) p. 24.

Vocalist Mavis Staples, alongside her siblings and her father, catapulted gospel into the pop mainstream as  The Staple Singers with No. 1 hits "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again. " From her work with her family through her solo career, launched in 1969 with the release of her self-titled solo album, Staples has continually delivered songs with a larger meaning within a social and political context. The Staple Singers performed at rallies for Martin Luther King Jr., and Mavis's 2007 album We'll Never Turn Back features freedom songs of the civil rights movement. … The multiple-Grammy nominee got her due this past February with her first Grammy win; You Are Not Alone , produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, received Best Americana Album. In addition to her Grammy nods, Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner, and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. She was named by VHI as one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and by Rolling Stone as among the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Burg, Liz "Garrett, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Staples, McDonald to Be Honored." BERKLEE | Berklee College of Music. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
<http://www.berklee.edu/news/3315/garrett-chucho-and-bebo-vald-s-staples-mcdonald>.

On Display
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
The Staple Singers
CD 20373
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Have a Little Faith
CD 25246
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Only for the Lonely
CD 6937
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You Are Not Alone
CD 32403
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Michael McDondald


Rideout, Ernie "Master Class: Michael McDonald's Millennium" Keyboard 26:6:291 (June 2000) p. 52-54, 56

An inspiration to vocalists everywhere, Michael McDonald has brought his unique sound to soul, R&B, rock, and pop for 40 years. McDonald's signature rich baritone was first heard on Steely Dan's famed records of the mid-1970s, bringing an unmistakable soul to the band's jazz-pop experiments. From there, he joined the Doobie Brothers. His songwriting, keyboards, and vocal stylings—first featured on 1976's platinum-selling Takin' It to the Streets, with its McDonald-penned title track—reshaped the California rock band. .... In high demand as a duet partner, McDonald won his fifth Grammy in 1984 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Yah Mo B There" with James Ingram. … In the mid-'90s, McDonald began touring again with the Doobie Brothers, and over the last decade, McDonald has focused most notably on the Motown repertoire, with the platinum-selling Motown in 2003, Motown Two the following year, and 2008's Soul Speak.

Burg, Liz "Garrett, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Staples, McDonald to Be Honored." BERKLEE | Berklee College of Music. Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
<http://www.berklee.edu/news/3315/garrett-chucho-and-bebo-vald-s-staples-mcdonald>.

On Display
If That’s What It Takes
CD 4686
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Soul Speak
CD 30000
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Motown
MP163.M14M68 v.1
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