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Ten live jazz gigs to catch in early 2011

All flavors of great jazz
Next week we'll tell you all about the tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who brings his great band with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland to the Regattabar January 21-22. In the meantime, here are 10 other primo jazz acts to catch live this winter.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 29, 2010


The Top 10 Jazz Stories of 2010

Ten long-players
Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and concerts I wrote about this year.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 23, 2010


Top 10 Must-Read Books of 2010

Writers who showed the way
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 notable books that the Phoenix wrote about in 2010.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2010


Henry Threadgill's untrackable journey

Impractical genius
The new The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) is an impractical monster.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 07, 2010


Matt Wilson | Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

Palmetto (2010)
Palmetto (2010)
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 07, 2010


Electronic Havana

Another side of Cuba, another side of Berklee; plus Jason Stein and the Dymaxion Quartet
If you were to hear that a group of Berklee students were spending a week in Cuba, you probably wouldn't be too surprised.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 23, 2010


The museum-building boom continues

What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2010


Flesh and blood: Phil Wilson's Miles and Gil

Plus Benny Sharoni's hard bop and Ben Powell's fiddle magic
When I first put on Benny Sharoni's new Eternal Elixir (Papaya), there was, as a composer friend of mine likes to say, "nothing wrong with it." That is, it seemed no better or worse than a zillion other straight-ahead tenor-saxophone discs.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 09, 2010

Live: Chucho Valdés and the Afro Cuban Jazz Messengers

 Berklee Performance Center, October 28
Chucho Valdés’s first performance in Boston in seven years was the grand tour of Afro-Cuban Jazz that his fans in the sold-out Berklee Performance Center could have hoped for — especially based on the retrospective quality of his latest CD, Chucho’s Steps.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 03, 2010


Cuban and Brazilian imports, plus homeboy Ran Blake

Groove again
Groove isn't everything, but it'll do.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 26, 2010


Changing rooms

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, live at the Paradise Rock Club, October 16, 2010
The only big difference between the Carolina Chocolate Drops' show at the Paradise Saturday night and the one at the Somerville Theatre back in January was the venue.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 19, 2010


Variable density

Garrison Fewell, live at Johnny D's, October 13, 2010
To call what Garrison Fewell does with his Variable Density Sound Orchestra "free jazz" doesn't quite fit the bill.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010


Interview: Melissa Auf der Maur

On her new CD and movie — and Billy, Courtney, and Danzig
Melissa Auf der Maur describes herself as "a good Boston Irish girl," born on St. Patrick's Day in 1972.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 14, 2010


Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane

By: JON GARELICK  |  October 12, 2010


Chucho, Mike, and Lina

Havana, Chicago, and a dash of Toronto
Anyone who has doubts about the musical supremacy of Chucho Valdés — or wants an introduction to it — need only listen to "Danzón," the second track from the new Chucho's Steps.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 12, 2010


Society's demands

Esperanza Spalding | Sanders Theatre | October 2, 2010
Esperanza Spalding wants to prepare her listeners for something different with her new Chamber Music Society (Heads Up). She made that clear at Sanders Theatre Saturday night.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 06, 2010


Esperanza and Kenny

Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 28, 2010

Sonic DNA: Stanton Moore and Anthony Brown

They know where music comes from
Music is mystery, maybe, but for some of us that conceit is a provocation for deep-nerdy investigation.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 14, 2010


Fall Jazz Preview: Blindfold test

 Trying new flavors in the new season
A search for this fall’s must-see jazz revealed a lot of overlapping personnel — Jim Hobbs, Allan Chase, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum. Hey, you wanted to know what’s good , right?
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2010


Giant Steps: Ted Rosenthal, Danilo Pérez, and Vijay Iyer

Pianos plus
The sound was maddeningly familiar.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 01, 2010


Giant Steps: Goodies from Berklee's Beantown Jazz Festival

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has grown from a one-day street fair to 10 days of activities that encompass club gigs as well as the signature afternoon multi-stage event in the South End. Here are some highlights.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 01, 2010

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