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Jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer would take on The Goldberg Variations

Tepfer’s Bach
Jazz and Bach have always made good company.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 19, 2012


Kate McGarry makes a feminist move on the standards songbook

In her own time
On a first listen to Kate McGarry's new Girl Talk (Palmetto), you might not suspect any special agenda — this is simply the kind of original, heartfelt treatment of a well-chosen mix of songs that the singer has led us to expect in her half dozen releases over the past decade. But listen again.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 10, 2012

The Borgias TV

Review: Showtime’s The Borgias

Blood oaths
The second season of The Borgias (Sunday at 9 pm, Showtime) enters a crowded Sunday night field: HBO's Game of Thrones , AMC's Mad Men , even AMC's much discredited The Killing .
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2012


Billy Hart’s ongoing education

Billy Hart still remembers his first drum "lesson."
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 21, 2012


Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces

Morning after
"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 21, 2012


New discs, new shows

Spring leaves
This season is chock full of jazz goodies.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 28, 2012


Poemjazz is for real, man!

Dig it!
Listen: Robert Pinsky's PoemJazz .
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 22, 2012


Dominique Eade at Scullers

All about transparency
"I'm discontented with homes that I've rented/so I have invented my own," sang Dominque Eade slowly, over a simple bass accompaniment.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 10, 2012


Can the Charles River Esplanade be transformed into the world's best park?

Seeing green
What if — in place of the current three-story Museum of Science parking garage overlooking the Charles River — there loomed a giant Ferris wheel, on the order of the London Eye?
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 17, 2012


Tim Berne composes himself

Freedom Writer
It's been almost exactly four years since Tim Berne's last visit to Boston— March 2008, to be precise, with jazz-prog guitarist David Torn's band Prezens.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 07, 2012


Jason Moran at Jordan Hall

"In My Mind"
I have to admit, I was not sanguine at the beginning of this highly anticipated concert by pianist and composer Jason Moran.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2012


Marissa and Charles Licata at Scullers

Full of surprises
I can't remember the last time I saw a costume change in the middle of a jazz show — if ever — but violinist Marissa Licata's performance with her father, saxophonist Charles Licata, and their band held all kinds of surprises.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 02, 2012


New vision for the Esplanade

Urban Affairs
On February 9, Boston is due to get an eye-popping new look at one of the city's oldest, most beloved public spaces — the Charles River Esplanade.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 01, 2012

HBO - TV - Luck

Review: Luck

HBO goes to the races
You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 24, 2012


A young jazz master looks to a personal hero

Moran's Monk
Jason Moran — 37-year-old MacArthur Fellow and New England Conservatory teacher — epitomizes what's best about the current jazz scene: a composer and pianist who can — and does — draw on all eras.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 24, 2012


Ed Reed sings it his way

Life stories
It's almost cliché to describe the sound of a veteran jazz singer as "lived in."
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 10, 2012

Jazz 2012 Violin

Old favorites and debuts make the scene

Rich choices
We have to wait for spring to see Charlie Haden's Quartet West and the Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau duo, but there are still plenty of ways to keep an eye and ear on jazz in the winter months.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 30, 2011


10 Boston jazz acts that blew through the roof in 2011

Mystics and monsters
Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2011


A jazz-piano master clears his own path

Iyer calling
When I got the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer on the phone to talk about his upcoming Celebrity Series double-bill with the Miguel Zenón Quartet, I meant to talk to him about his serene and absorbing new album Tirtha (ACT), with the tabla player Nitin Mitta and guitarist Prasanna.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 07, 2011


Confessin' the blues ... and a whole lot more

Gabrielle Agachiko's resume is impressive by any standards — studied at Juilliard, played in musical theater off-Broadway as well as with a touring production of Godspell, sang jazz with both Charlie Watts and Steve Lacy.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 22, 2011


A new book says 'smaller' cities could be the way of the future

Thinking small
This month sees the publication by MIT Press of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World by Catherine Tumber.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 17, 2011

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