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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


Newport notes

A weekend of want-to-see
A weekend of want-to-see
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 16, 2010


ArtsEmerson taps Hirsch as music booker

Dan's the Man
The theater district's ArtsEmerson project keeps getting more and more interesting.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2010


A Newport sampler

Six on the side
The Newport Jazz Festival (August 6-8) has plenty of big guns worth your attention on the main Fort Stage — from Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, and Wynton Marsalis with Dave Brubeck to the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Arturo O'Farrill's Latin Jazz Orchestra.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 27, 2010


Secret master

David Binney's many faces
Scratch below the surface of any number of hard-playing jazz musicians these days and you hear a common refrain: "I hardly ever listen to jazz."
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 27, 2010


Harvey Pekar: 1939 - 2010

In memoriam
Probably the echt moment for me in all the volumes of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor comics comes when the eternally bedraggled and grumpy Harvey receives a fresh package of review vinyl from Downbeat magazine and grumbles about getting yet another Sonny Stitt record.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 16, 2010


Time travelers

The Either/Orchestra go to Groovy World, plus Ameranouche and Shelley Neill dig their Gypsy souls
Trumpeter Tom Halter is wearing one of his snazzy mariachi outfits (black vest and pants with white embroidery). Russ Gershon is retouching his own make-up to get some of the green out (“I don’t look so much like a corpse now”).
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 19, 2010


Steve Coleman and Five Elements | Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Pi (2010)
Before digging into alto-saxophonist and composer Coleman's new disc, it's probably best to set aside for a moment the allusions to numerology and mysticism with which he surrounds it and just dig into the rhythms.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 07, 2010


Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 05, 2010


One night, one jazz trifecta

Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 29, 2010


Tony Cennamo (1933-2010)

Boston jazz loses a great
Tony Cennamo is synonymous with jazz radio in Boston. A fixture on WBUR from the early '70s to his last late-night show in 1997, Cennamo — who died on June 8 — was lively, outspoken, even outrageous. But his depth of knowledge was irreproachable.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 16, 2010



Ben Monder's unique space
As guitar heroes go — even jazz guitar heroes — Ben Monder flies under the radar.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010


Gone but not forgotten

Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 20, 2010


Does jazz have a melody problem?

Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2010

Claudia Quintet _Royal Toast_thumb

The Claudia Quintet | Royal Toast

Cuneiform (2010)
Although it’s led by a drummer, the Claudia Quintet is not necessarily about groove.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 26, 2010


Complete control

Pat Metheny, live at the Orpheum Theatre, May 20, 2010
Let’s put aside for now the philosophical questions about a player/composer’s need for control, and whether there’s any qualitative difference between the music said player/composer writes for himself and what he writes for himself with other people, or for himself playing a myriad of instruments simultaneously.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 24, 2010


Covering Lacy

A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 24, 2010


Pat Metheny | Orchestrion

Nonesuch (2010)
The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 12, 2010


Amazing grace

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 04, 2010


Pardon the interruption

Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 22, 2010


Review: Sonny Rollins at Symphony Hall

Sonny Rollins, live at Symphony Hall, April 18, 2010
The lines were around the block for will-call and walk-up ticket purchases at Symphony Hall Sunday night — causing the show to start a half hour after its advertised curtain time. The place was nearly full, the mood celebratory. All good to see in a down economy. But this was the first disappointing Sonny Rollins concert I’ve attended in years.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 28, 2010

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