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Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet at the Regattabar


Sometimes it takes a few minutes for me to adjust to Kurt Rosenwinkel.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 07, 2013

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Fred Hersch Trio at Scullers


Fred Hersch's output as a composer includes an orchestrated setting of poems from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass as well as other art-song fare for singers.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 01, 2013

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Ran Blake & Dominique Eade at Scullers


Most virtuosos leave you scratching your head asking, "How did he play that?"
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 01, 2013

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This Spring's Jazz & World music shows


The saxophonist Chris Potter started drawing attention when he joined the group of legendary bebop trumpeter Red Rodney as an 18-year-old Manhattan School of Music student.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 28, 2013

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Kevin Harris’s Museum of sound


Kevin Harris learned piano by playing gospel music in church.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 14, 2013

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Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o) at the Regattabar


Jazz composers don't put together octets to be loud; they do it because they're thinking orchestrally — varied colors and voicings, and in the case of Pablo Ablanedo's Octet(o), contrary rhythmic motions.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 11, 2013



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Patricia Barber at the Regattabar


Patricia Barber is back. The 57-year-old singer, songwriter, and pianist emerged from her home base of Chicago in the early ’90s with a string of recordings that established her equally in all three categories.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 01, 2013

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''Baritone Madness'' at Scullers


Scullers booker Fred Taylor called the “Baritone Madness” show at the club Thursday night “a real put-together.”
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 31, 2013

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The Whammies catch the Steve Lacy bug


The American soprano saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy (1934-2004) once described jazz as a "bug" — the kind of virus that can "bite" you any time and any place, and that you can't shake.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 23, 2013

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Too hot to handle: This winter's jazz concerts


It's tough enough that there are several rescheduled events that were pushed into the new year by Hurricane Sandy and other factors, but how to squeeze everything else into a list of 10? Mark your calendars.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2012

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That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour


If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2012



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Head turners: Jazz acts of 2012


In a year in which WGBH-FM gutted its jazz programming and the Atlantic took the predictable broadside swipe at the health of the genre, there were signs of vibrant life everywhere.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2012

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'Rebirth of Third Stream' at NEC: playing in the cracks


A definition of the term Third Stream probably comes best by way of illustration: a teacher known for his jazz and klezmer background coaching a progressive bluegrass band by telling them to listen to a late-Beethoven string quartet.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2012

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Dave Douglas Quintet + Aoife O'Donovan at the Regattabar


Dave Douglas told the audience at the Regattabar that the inspiration for his new album, Be Still (Greenleaf), was a challenge from his mother before she died in 2011 — a list of hymns she wanted him to play.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 16, 2012

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Review: Dylan Jones's 'Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music'


In the modern world of Wiki and the Interweb, if you're going to produce an actual print-edition dictionary of pop music, you'd better frontload it with attitude.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 08, 2012

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Elsa at 75: The Cambridge photographer looks back


Elsa Dorfman, now 75, is the most unassuming of Cambridge literary/art-world legends.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 24, 2012



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Michael Formanek Quartet at the Regattabar


The music of the Michael Formanek Quartet offers the listener a kind of tough love.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012

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Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz


Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012

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Homeland's victory lap


Is there a more compelling spectacle in television these days than Claire Danes slowly decompensating into full-on mania?
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2012

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Live jazz from John Scofield Trio at the Regattabar


Not long into his encore during the first set at the Regattabar Thursday night, guitarist John Scofield stopped the band, walked across the stage and took the sheet music from Steve Swallow's stand.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012
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