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Scholarship gigs

Newpoli and Steven Bernstein do their homework
When in 1999 Björn Wennås moved from Sweden to Boston to study jazz guitar, he hardly imagined that he'd one day be playing in an ensemble that specializes in Italian folk music of the 12th to 19th centuries.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 04, 2009

Inside out

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, Lee Konitz + Minsarah, and Steve Swallow recanting
Charlie Kohlhase's love affair with jazz began with the avant-garde. As a high-school kid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he found that it was Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago who rocked his world.
By JON GARELICK  |  July 06, 2009

Mixed messages

3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2009

Group efforts

Fly and the Tiptons
In November 2008, cutting firewood at his home in Brooklyn, Mark Turner, 42, arguably the most influential tenor-saxophonist of his generation, lost control of the power saw he was using.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 07, 2009

John Scofield | Piety Street

EmArcy (2009)
On the surface, this would seem a genre exercise — a professor/doctor of jazz guitar looking into the deep book of American gospel because it's . . . "interesting." But Scofield's integrity remains intact.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 30, 2009

Ramblin' Jack Elliott | A Stranger Here

Anti- (2009)
The country-blues songbook as written by Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Charley Patton seems like natural, if previously unexplored, territory for this folk legend.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 30, 2009

Modern vintage

Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 08, 2009

DIY and more

Regattabar, Scullers, Creative Nation Music's fifth-anniversary celebration and more
Jazz acts up
By JON GARELICK  |  March 30, 2009


Bad Touch's Magic flow; plus Patricia Barber
It's standard operating procedure these days for young jazz bands to mix the free and the formal.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 27, 2009

The making of a House party

By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2009

True voices

Becca Stevens and Laszlo Gardony
When I first checked out Travis Sullivan's Björkestra live, it wasn't to see the singer. But live, the Björkestra (at the Regattabar last October) turned my expectations upside down.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 12, 2009

Fully loaded

Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Lionel Loueke, and more
One of the most hotly anticipated concerts of the season will be JOSHUA REDMAN's "Double Trio" concert at Berklee on January 22.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 05, 2009

Life lessons

Danilo Pérez gets into the moment
At 42, the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is everywhere.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2008

New Guitar Summit: Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin

Shivers | Stony Plain
This cool, sleek soundtrack for a night of cocktails, sophisticated banter, and, hell, maybe even nookie brings the elegance of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s jazz blues crisply into the present.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 08, 2008

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