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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-jazz connection
The connection between jazz and India is at least as old as John Coltrane’s composition named for that country.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2008


The long view

Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008


Beyond illbient

DJ Spooky goes global
When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008


Cooling it

A wealth of winter jazz
It's good news that the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in conjunction with Berklee College of Music, is bringing back jazz as a regular part of its concert season.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 26, 2007


Skimming the cream

Jazz: 2007 in review
Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007

Nostalgia, remixed

Billie Holiday unstuck in time
It’s not that I think Billie Holiday: Remixed and Reimagined is some kind of unforgivable desecration.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 07, 2007


Anxiety of influence

A.K.A.C.O.D. come out of Morphine’s shadow  
The sound on A.K.A.C.O.D.’s new Happiness CD is going to make many Boston listeners think one word: Morphine.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 27, 2007


Voice choices

Stacey Kent and Julie Hardy find two different ways to make singing swing
Julie Hardy and Stacey Kent come at jazz singing from opposite ends of the spectrum.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2007


Rare birds

Maria Schneider and John Stein
Maria Schneider didn’t necessarily know what “The ‘Pretty’ Road” was about when she started writing it.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2007



Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2007


Three in two

Dominique, Musillami, and Sco
The Red Sox were playing the first game of their ALDS with the Angels, but Dominique Eade had a nearly full house.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 10, 2007


Holy spirit of the saxophone

The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007


Trane, Joyce Dee Dee, Sco, and more

A jam-packed season of jazz
The official kickoff to the season begins with the week of activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007


Only connect

Remembering Herb Pomeroy
Maybe there have been better musicians in Boston than Herb Pomeroy — maybe — but no musician has been more loved.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 04, 2007


Three for the road

Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 21, 2007


Birds of a feather

The jazz flocks gather at Newport
What continues to make the JVC Jazz Festival at Newport so vital these days isn’t just the variety but the depth of the variety.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2007


Anat, Elvis, and Jenny

Looking ahead to Newport Jazz and Folk, and to Jenny Scheinman
In the wake of a single solo album on her own label in 2005, Anat Cohen is suddenly everywhere.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 30, 2007


Three nights

5LMN2, Revelation at the Beehive, and Geni’s shakuhachi
As usual, there was too much to see in a week that included avant-gardist Burton Greene at one end of the spectrum and crossover darling Diana Krall at the other.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2007


Little band with a big sound

Gypsy Schaeffer’s formal ingenuity, plus Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records
Throughout my notes on the Boston quartet Gypsy Schaeffer, I’ve written “great tune.”
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2007
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