Maggie Scott Trio Live

By 
Joyce Linehan
October 21, 2008
One of Boston's great jazz singers, Maggie Scott will perform American Songbook classics on Nov. 3.

Berklee College of Music and the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown partner for Berklee Jazz, a new collaboration featuring performances in a wide variety of jazz styles by some of Berklee's world-renowned faculty. The series continues November 3 at 7:30 p.m. with the Maggie Scott Trio performing the music of the American Songbook. These concerts are presented in the intimate, club-like setting of the Black Box Theater. 

The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Free parking is available and the venue is handicapped accessible. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students with valid ID. For tickets and information, call 617 923-8487 or visit arsenalarts.org.

One of the grande dames of Boston jazz singers, vocalist/pianist Maggie Scott, a Berklee professor for over 20 years, has performed both as a soloist and with her trio in the area's finest jazz clubs and in concert around the world. She has accompanied such legends as Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Billy Eckstine, and Helen O'Connell.

Joining the Maggie Scott Trio in this performance is trumpeter Greg Hopkins, a revered member of the Berklee Jazz Composition faculty for over 30 years. Hopkins has soloed with such jazz legends as Louis Bellson, Buddy Rich, and Herb Pomeroy, and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, and Tony Bennett, among others. Scott's trio also features Berklee professor Bruce Gertz on bass and Bob Savine on drums. They will perform beloved songs of the American Songbook, including selections by Porter, Gershwin, and Bernstein. 

Coming Monday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.: The Victor Mendoza Quartet

Mexican-born vibraphonist, composer, and Berklee percussion professor Victor Mendoza has earned the respect of jazz critics and fans alike. He has performed with his own group and as a guest soloist in cities around the world, including Prague, London, Tel Aviv, and Mexico City. Jazziz Magazine recently hailed Mendoza as "the genre's leading vibraphone practitioner" and "one of today's most resourceful composers." His most recent recording, Black Bean Blues, was named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer magazine