Berklee Honors Rollins, Holds Summer Clinics

Sonny Rollins will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston on Sat., July 19. For the record, the honor will be bestowed upon Rollins (pictured) for his “significant and enduring contributions to the world of contemporary music.” That more or less translates to “because Saxophone Colossus still rules.” Berklee will also give honorary doctor of music degrees to singer Bobby McFerrin and double bass player/composer Giovanni Tommaso. The school has given these degrees to deserving musicians since 1971, when Duke Ellington took one home. Other Berklee-certified doctors of music include Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Oscar Peterson and Tito Puente.

In other Berklee news, drummer Elvin Jones (who received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2001) will conduct two days of clinics in Umbria, Italy at Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics on July 10 and July 11. And Bobby McFerrin will conduct two days of clinics at the school on July 15 and July 16. For more information on Berklee Summer School, visit www.berklee.edu, or the Umbria Jazz site: www.umbriajazz.com.