Cooling it

By JON GARELICK  |  December 26, 2007

Ryles (212 Hampshire St, Cambridge; 617.876.9333) continues with its Wednesday-night world music and jazz presented by Medici Musica. Brazlian guitarist LUISSILVA comes in on January 9. Bassist Jason Davis’s multimedia EARTHSOUND (January 16) mixes live music with pre-recorded environmental sounds from around the world and a mix of classical, Brazilian, Peruvian, and Jewish music, supported by flutist Fernando Brandão, saxophonist Hankus Netsky, and percussionist Jorge Perez-Albela. Also at Ryles: the SONHO MEU BRAZILIAN GROUP (January 23); Perugian singer ELEONORA BIANCHINI doing Italian and Latin jazz (January 30); the fine local Israeli pianist GILAD BARKAN and his trio (February 6); Latin-jazz supergroup TOCARE (formerly Brasileirinho) with flutist Fernando Brandão, accordionist Evan Harlan, guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, bassist Fernando Huergo, and drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa (February 13); daring experimental singer ALIDA ROHR and her band collaborating with the Boston String Quartet (February 20); saxophonist FLORENCIA GONZALEZ and her group named after the infectious Uruguayan rhythm Candombe (February 27); Portuguese jazz singer SARA SERPA and her quintet with the exciting pianist Vardan Ovsepian (March 5); the cool Italian folk nonet NEWPOLI with vocalists Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi and guitarist Björn Wennås (March 12); guitarist CLAUDIO RAGAZZI and pianist NANDO MICHELIN and friends (March 19); Brazilian pop-jazz singer/arranger FERNANDO HOLZ (March 26); and singer VLADA TOMOVA’S BALKAN TALES (April 2).

The Lily Pad (1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge; 617.395.1393) brings in another indie-jazz supergroup: alto-saxophonist DAVE REMPIS of the Vandermark 5 with trumpeter Forbes Graham, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, and drummer Luther Gray (January 6); the GILAD BARKAN TRIO (January 10); the virtuoso, mad-cap QUARTET OF HAPPINESS (January 11); guitarist ERIC HOFBAUER (January 26); PANDELIS KARAYORGIS returning in a quintet with saxophonist Mat Langley, trombonist Jeff Galindo, bassist Jef Charland, and drummer Luther Gray on January 27 and then with his trio on February 24; and NANDO MICHELIN (January 31). The Lily Pad features pianist GIL AHARON and his trio every Sunday night at 10, and Boston institution the FRINGE every Monday.

Berklee College of Music continues its Sovereign Bank series with synth-master keyboardist/soundtrack composer GEORGE DUKE mixing it up with Berklee students and faculty (January 29); a singers’ showcase called “THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: BERKLEE ON BROADWAY” (February 24); and the exciting SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE, with saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Joe Lovano, trumpeter Dave Douglas, vibist Stefon Harris, pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland (March 7). Those are all at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston (617.747.2261).

DAVE HOLLAND gives two free concerts during his week-long residency at New England Conservatory: a March 25 duo show with one of Holland’s long-time collaborators, trombonist Robin Eubanks, in Jordan Hall and a March 27 show, “Music of Dave Holland,” in Brown Hall, where the great bassist and composer will put the kids through their paces. Other NEC faculty concerts include drummer BOB MOSES’s 60th-birthday show with guitarist Tisziji Muñoz and pianist John Medeski (January 28, Jordan Hall), and keyboardist ANTHONY COLEMAN’s investigation of Jelly Roll Morton (Brown Hall, January 23) and Antonin Artaud’s The Theater of Cruelty (Jordan Hall, March 10). NEC’s concert halls are accessible at 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (617.585.1122).

In a couple of must-see one-offs, the great gospel-infused jazz-and-pop singer LEE GENESIS, a fixture on the local scene in the ’70s, returns behind his first-ever solo CD, The Soul of Lee Genesis, at Johnny D’s (17 Holland St, Somerville; 617.776.2004) on January 9, and the superduo of banjoist BÉLA FLECK and CHICK COREA play Symphony Hall on February 29 (301 Mass Ave, Boston; 617.876.7777). And remember, for a complete calendar of jazz events around Boston you can visit

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