El Negro Awarded Honorary Doctor Of Music Degree From Berklee

By Andy DoerschukPublished on July 9, 2010

Only in America can a Cuban-born jazz drummer be initiated onto an exclusive club of music legends that includes Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, William “Count” Basie, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, and Chick Corea. But on July 15 the dream will come true when Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez is awarded with an Honorary Doctor Of Music Degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in recognition of his extraordinary musicianship and many career achievements. The honorary degree will be presented on the main stage of the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy by Berklee's vice president, Larry Monroe.