It’s been 15 long years since the last time Newbury Street was closed to traffic. Last Thursday, the no parking signs were posted, the police put up their blocks and the stages, fancy cars and models poured into the street. It was an epic evening for Boston’s first Fashion Night Out.
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.
Sierra Hull, Tennesee Sweatheart and Berklee Presidential Scholar, performed for the ICA crowd last thursday. While still in College, Sierra has been performing for years, having become a master on the strings years ago.
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.
This show was awesome! While it was probably the shortest show I’ve witnessed of the series, Julia Easterlin has her performing down! She knows exactly what she wants to and when she wants to do, making it all happen in real time. The ICA crowd seemed to a have pretty similar response to mine.