| June 2007

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June 2007

  Gloria Estefan delivers the 2007 Commencement address.
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee graduates got some sage advice from big names in the music industry at Commencement 2007. Latin pop star Gloria Estefan, who suprised everyone when she jumped on stage to sing with students; her husband Emilio, a producer; and U2 guitarist and songwriter the Edge shared some words of wisdom with students embarking on their own careers in the industry. The Estefans, the Edge, and the late jazz pianist Andrew Hill were in town to receive honorary doctorates from Berklee.

Make sure to catch some noteworthy acts this summer as Berklee students, faculty, and alumni showcase their talent at a variety of venues in and around Boston. From free summer shows to performances at Symphony Hall, Berklee musicians are getting noticed. Meanwhile, students are getting some serious attention beyond Berklee's borders; an Afro-Cuban group makes a big impression in the nation's capital, and a recent graduate earns a top songwriting prize.

Top Stories

  Graduating senior Shai Shaashua performs at the commencement concert.
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Curtain Call for Berklee Grads

More than 800 graduates bid farewell to Berklee this May, moving on to the next chapters in their musical journeys. Meanwhile, at the annual commencement concert, the college fêted this year's honorary degree recipients. Read more...

The Essence of the Song

Five talented songwriters earned top honors for the hip-hop tunes they penned. The annual Hip-Hop Songwriting Contest, sponsored by Berklee and Essence magazine, awarded winners with tuition for Berklee studies. Read more...

Meanwhile, in other songwriting news, two recent graduates received props for their tunes. Emily Shackelton won first place in BMI's 10th Annual John Lennon Scholarship competition for her song "Goodbye," and Daniel Díaz won the peermusic Latin Scholarship for his song "Todo Lo Que Necessito."

Díle in D.C.

Díle, Berklee's 10-piece, Afro-Cuban salsa machine, blew through Washington, D.C. on May 24, making lots of new friends. In four days, leader Juan Chavez and the band played on the Voice of America, XM Radio's Caliente channel, and to a dancing-room only show in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Watch the webcast.

President Roger Brown's Teaching Journal

President Roger Brown reports on his latest experiences co-teaching the course Identity with Liberal Arts Department associate professor Sally Blazar. Scroll down the page to read his May entry.

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.

Free Summer Shows

It's summer in the city, and there are plenty of opportunities to check out Berklee talent in and around Boston—for free.

      Berklee at the Beehive: Emerging Artists Series
    Recent graduates will be featured performers at this South End hot spot on Tuesday nights throughout the summer. On Wednesday nights, Berklee faculty members will showcase their talent. Check out the Beehive website for more information.

You can also catch students, faculty, and alumni at the Kendall Square Concert Series; Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee at the ICA; Swingin' at Mothers Rest; the Tito Puente Latin Music Series; Jazz at the Fort; Vineyard Vibes; and the BeanTown Jazz Festival.

Check out a complete listing of free summer shows here.

Tune In

Berklee at Symphony Hall, June 1–2

The college partners with Keith Lockheart and the Boston Pops to present the Berklee Jazz Café, featuring student artists. Read more...

Spajazzy & Friends, June 14

Co-led by faculty members Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino, the group will feature new original songs as well as revisited classics from the Italian folk repertoire. American classics by Stevie Wonder and George Benson will also be featured. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

FunkHouse, June 19

This progressive, groove-oriented, modern jazz trio features faculty composer/pianist John Funkhouser, faculty bassist Bruno Raberg, and drummer Mike Connors. 7:30 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

Live at the BPC

This month, the Berklee Performance Center features singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading (June 6); the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring the legendary jazz pianist (June 15); comedians Janeane Garofalo and Patton Oswalt (June 17); and Cape Verdean vocalist Cesaria Evora (June 23).

On Sale Announcements

  • Mighty Clouds of Joy — Tickets are on sale for a July 28 show.
  • Herbie Hancock — Tickets are on sale for an August 25 show.

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center website or


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