For the third year in a row, Berklee has been invited to present a top student band at the Newport Jazz Festival. The Mario Castro Quintet was chosen to represent the college on a 2011 festival lineup filled with alumni like Esperanza Spalding, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Hiromi, Avishai and Anat Cohen, to name just a few.
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Nadia Washington, one of the most beautiful jazz voices I have ever heard, graced us with her presence at the Regattabar last week. With her all-star band, the jazz at the Regattabar Courtyard had never been sweeter.
Last Friday I had the pleasure of stepping into one of Boston’s prettiest and unadvertised courtyards. The Boston Public Library was the day’s venue and Aires de Argentina was the band performing. I-Yun Chung announced her band, and off they went. This multicultural five piece band of Berklee pros produced the most low key yet most interesting shows I have been to yet. I-Yun has a great affinity towards Argentinian music and has therefore produced a band to play just that.
Zac was a kid who I met in one of my first semesters at Berklee through a few friends of mine. Oddly enough, two of those friends just happen to be in this band with Zac. Alex and Kellan, you guys rock.
In terms of a beautiful summertime show, the Harvard longwood Campus puts up a good fight for 1st. To kick off the Longwood Series, Kelly Bartley and the Hermanos performed for the lunchtime crowd.