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December 21, 2005

Jazz Celebrates 60 Years at Berklee College

Written by
cindy mcleod

Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton Celebrate Berklee College 60th Anniversary January 28, 2006

Superstar producer Phil Ramone assembles a stellar line-up of superstars and rising talent from pop, jazz, and Latin music to perform in honor of Berklee College of Music’s 60 years of innovative music education.

Guest performers will include Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Chiara Civello, with Bill Cosby hosting the evening. More performers will be announced soon. Twelve-time Grammy-Award winner Phil Ramone, one of the most respected and prolific music producers in recording history and a trustee of the College, is producing Berklee’s 60th Anniversary Concert.

Proceeds will go to create scholarships in the names of performers, and will benefit the nation’s best young musicians. Funds will enable them to study at Berklee for four years, with all college tuition, housing, and fees provided at no charge. Simon, Hancock, and Cosby are all donating their performances in exchange for the creation of Berklee Presidential Scholarships in their names.

Paul Simon is one of the best and most popular singer/songwriters in the history of pop music, and has won 12 Grammy Awards. He received an honorary doctorate of music degree from Berklee in 1986.

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music and has received 10 Grammy Awards among his many other honors. Hancock accepted an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee in 1986.

Gary Burton is one of the greatest and most innovative jazz vibraphonists in the world with five Grammy Awards to date. Burton is a Berklee alumnus and he received an honorary doctorate of music in 1989. After more than 30 years as an educator and administrator at Berklee, he retired in 2004, after spending his last years as the college’s senior vice president.

Chiara Civello is Italian singer/songwriter who brings a variety of pop, jazz, cabaret, and Latin influences to her eclectic sound. The Berklee alumnus spent 2005 on tour in North America and Europe.

Bill Cosby is an entertainer, educator and best-selling author who credits jazz music with influencing his free-flowing comedy performance style. Berklee presented him with an honorary doctorate of music degree in 2004.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, at 10:00 a.m.

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