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Anthony Braxton and Bernie Worrell Receive Honorary Degrees From NEC

Multireedist and synth pioneer awarded on May 22

Anthony Braxton (left) and Bernie Worrell receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees from New England Conservatory; May 22, 2016

The New England Conservatory (NEC) awarded two honorary Doctor of Music degrees to composer and keyboardist Bernie Worrell and composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and pianist Anthony Braxton at the Conservatory’s 145th annual Commencement Exercises on May 22.

A 1997 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Worrell, 72, graduated from NEC in 1967, and is a founding member of the funk-rock collective Parliament-Funkadelic. Worrell contributed to the Red Hot Organization’s 1994 album Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, a TIME magazine Album of the Year. His 2013 song “Get Your Hands Off” received the Independent Music Award for Best Funk/Fusion/Jam Song. Worrell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from NEC in 2010. In 2014 he released Elevation: The Upper Air, a solo piano album.

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