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Nights out

Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 10, 2008


Good fellows

Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008


The doctor is in

Stanley Sagov’s jazz remedies, plus Saxophone Summit
That Stanley Sagov plays jazz at all is impressive. That he plays it at such a high level is stunning.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2008


Getting it live

Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2008


Autumn leaves

A cornucopia of jazz
One of the great harbingers of fall jazz for the past seven years has been the Beantown Jazz Festival.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2008


Life lessons

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


State of the art

Newport's Jazz ID check
You could find just about any kind of jazz you wanted on the three stages at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport last weekend.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 14, 2008



Empirical go to the movies, plus the Hot 8
Talking with Nathaniel Facey, the alto-saxophonist in the London band Empirical, you find it difficult at first to pin down where and how the quintet developed their unusual compositional style.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2008


Hybrid rhythmic engine

Nation Beat is a gas
Fusions are the lifeblood of music, but too often they come with a whiff of high-concept gimmickry.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2008


Sharp accents

Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
Boston has its own vital scene of pan-American jazz and folk (hey, Mili Bermejo, Alex Alvear, Sergio Brandão, and everyone at Ryles on Wednesday nights!).
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008


School days

Fred Woodard’s post-grad life, plus ‘KGBG’ at the Lily Pad
Fred Woodard graduated from Berklee in 1983 — and that’s when he really started to go to school.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 17, 2008


Split personality

Jenny Scheinman gets herself together
Jenny Scheinman is such an unassuming, modest musician that it’s easy to underestimate the radicalness of her two new CDs, Jenny Scheinman and Crossing the Field .
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2008


Breaking through

Esperanza Spalding steps up her game
In the overall retail picture, jazz accounts for about three percent of sales, and a “hit” CD is anything that exceeds 10,000 copies.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 19, 2008

Crescent City health report

The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008


Week in the knees

Jazz Week kicks out the jams, plus Bley and Zorn
“Jazz Week,” which runs April 26–May 4, tends to appropriate all events to its needs — if you’re playing, say, your regularly scheduled gig at Matt Murphy’s Pub this week, you’re part of Jazz Week.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 28, 2008


Life after The Sopranos

Christuhfuh rocks
If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008


Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008


Destination out

Leo Genovese tries to play what he doesn’t know; plus David Torn’s Prezens
In a town bursting with young musical talent, Leo Genovese might be the most explosive.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 2008


Budding groves

Jazz in the clubs — and the museums
More and more, museums are getting into the live-music scene.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 11, 2008


Killer guitars — and bands

Pat Metheny’s latest trio and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Remedy
Now 53 and more than 30 years into a remarkable career, Pat Metheny still approaches jazz like a kid let loose in a candy store.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2008


Personal code

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

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