The Groove: Berklee Honors Professor Maggie Scott

Elisa Lomazzo and Lisa Occhino
February 24, 2012
Alumna Lalah Hathaway

Last semester, jazz vocal professor Maggie Scott was honored with with a tribute concert at the Berklee Performance Center.

Since 1980, Maggie Scott has hosted Jazz Vocal Night, an annual student recital where she handles all aspects of the event, from auditioning the performers to accompanying them on piano. The series provides a platform for jazz vocalists to showcase what they've learned, and for the audience to gain a better understanding of jazz. Many of Maggie's former students who appeared in the show have gone on to distinctive careers. Five of them returned to Berklee to pay tribute to their mentor at "Celebrating Maggie Scott: 30 Years of Jazz Vocal Night": Antonia Bennett, Lalah Hathaway, Robin McKelle, Esperanza Spalding, and Nadia Washington.

These five accomplished women also sat down to answer students' questions during a clinic earlier in the day. Staff writer Elisa Lomazzo and editor Lisa Occhino interviewed some of the performers to recap their experiences at Berklee and beyond.

Read more about the Q&A session with Lalah, Robin, and Nadia at