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John McLaughlin Receives Honorary Doctorate from Berklee

Legendary guitarist awarded during Valencia, Spain campus commencement ceremony

John McLaughlin (photo by Tato Baeza and Vicente A Jiménez)
John McLaughlin (photo by Tato Baeza and Vicente A Jiménez)

On July 14, jazz-fusion guitarist and composer John McLaughlin was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music at the Valencia, Spain campus during its graduate program commencement ceremony and concert at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. He also performed as a special guest.

McLaughlin joins other recipients who have been honored by Berklee for their achievements including Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Loretta Lynn, Juan Luis Guerra, Annie Lennox, Paco de Lucia, Carole King, Willie Nelson, George Clinton, Rita Moreno, Lionel Richie, A. R. Rahman, Eddie Gómez and Plácido Domingo.

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