[JPL] Clint Eastwood Honored by Berklee for Contributions to Jazz

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Sat Sep 15 12:29:08 EDT 2007

Film director, producer, and actor, and longtime Monterey Jazz Festival 
board member, Clint Eastwood <#> will be presented with an honorary 
doctorate from Berklee College of Music <#> as part of the 50th Monterey 
Jazz Festival <http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/>. Eastwood joins 
such previous recipients <http://www.berklee.edu/about/honorary.html> as 
Duke Ellington <#>, Ornette Coleman <#>, Tito Puente, Marian McPartland, 
Sonny Rollins, film composer Alan Silvestri '70, and Nancy Wilson, each 
honored for their contributions to contemporary music and their efforts 
to make the world a better place.

Berklee President Roger Brown, and star alumna Diana Krall '83 will 
present the honorary doctorate of music to Eastwood on Saturday night of 
the festival, September 22, on the Jimmy Lyons Stage, at approximately 
10:45 pm.

While best known and widely honored for his contributions to film 
culture through images and language, Eastwood has quietly, but 
effectively, created a deeper appreciation for music, specifically jazz, 
through his films, as a director, producer, and as a composer. "From 
/Play Misty For Me/, where he famously starred as a jazz disc jockey 
<#>, to the groundbreaking Charlie Parker <#> biopic, /Bird/, to 
executive producing the seminal documentary, /Thelonious Monk Straight 
No Chaser/, Clint Eastwood has made so many choices that have little to 
do with Hollywood, and everything to do with a lifelong love for this 
music," said Roger Brown, president of Berklee College of Music 

Eastwood's compositions, collaborations with Lennie Niehaus, and his 
soundtrack choices of masterworks by Johnny Hartman, Irene Kral, and 
Dave Brubeck, among many others, have served to popularize jazz to his 
worldwide <#> film audiences. His longtime support of the festival and 
its pioneering jazz education programs has helped a new generation of 
players and listeners discover their own love of this deeply American 
art form.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that 
the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the 
study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the 
college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music 
and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance 
majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 
countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the 
world's premier learning lab for the music of today -- and tomorrow.

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