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Bassist Eddie Gomez Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree

A first for Berklee College of Music in Spain

Eddie Gomez at the Blue Note in May 2010, during the performances that became "Further Explorations"

Bassist Eddie Gomez has been awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. Gomez is a native of Puerto Rico who was raised in New York City. This was the first-ever honorary doctorate granted at the college’s new international campus in Spain. The award was presented by Larry Simpson, Berklee senior vice president for academic affairs, at a celebratory concert at the Teatro Martin i Soler in the Palau de les Arts, home of the college’s Valencia campus.

The concert starred Gomez performing alongside faculty and student musicians from Boston and Valencia. These included flutist and composer Matt Marvuglio, dean of Berklee’s performance division; saxophonist Marco Pignataro, managing director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute; bassist Steve Bailey, chair of the college’s bass department; guitarist and bandleader Dave Fiuczynski, professor of guitar; and vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza, director of the college’s master’s program in contemporary studio performance. The concert was produced by Marvuglio and Mendoza.

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