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Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet at the Regattabar
Sometimes it takes a few minutes for me to adjust to Kurt Rosenwinkel.
| March 07, 2013
Fred Hersch Trio at Scullers
Fred Hersch's output as a composer includes an orchestrated setting of poems from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass as well as other art-song fare for singers.
| March 01, 2013
Ran Blake & Dominique Eade at Scullers
Most virtuosos leave you scratching your head asking, "How did he play that?"
| March 01, 2013
This Spring's Jazz & World music shows
The saxophonist Chris Potter started drawing attention when he joined the group of legendary bebop trumpeter Red Rodney as an 18-year-old Manhattan School of Music student.
| February 28, 2013
Kevin Harris’s Museum of sound
Kevin Harris learned piano by playing gospel music in church.
| February 14, 2013
Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o) at the Regattabar
Jazz composers don't put together octets to be loud; they do it because they're thinking orchestrally — varied colors and voicings, and in the case of Pablo Ablanedo's Octet(o), contrary rhythmic motions.
| February 11, 2013
Patricia Barber at the Regattabar
Patricia Barber is back. The 57-year-old singer, songwriter, and pianist emerged from her home base of Chicago in the early ’90s with a string of recordings that established her equally in all three categories.
| February 01, 2013
''Baritone Madness'' at Scullers
Scullers booker Fred Taylor called the “Baritone Madness” show at the club Thursday night “a real put-together.”
| January 31, 2013
The Whammies catch the Steve Lacy bug
The American soprano saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy (1934-2004) once described jazz as a "bug" — the kind of virus that can "bite" you any time and any place, and that you can't shake.
| January 23, 2013
Too hot to handle: This winter's jazz concerts
It's tough enough that there are several rescheduled events that were pushed into the new year by Hurricane Sandy and other factors, but how to squeeze everything else into a list of 10? Mark your calendars.
| December 21, 2012
Head turners: Jazz acts of 2012
In a year in which WGBH-FM gutted its jazz programming and the Atlantic took the predictable broadside swipe at the health of the genre, there were signs of vibrant life everywhere.
| December 18, 2012
'Rebirth of Third Stream' at NEC: playing in the cracks
A definition of the term Third Stream probably comes best by way of illustration: a teacher known for his jazz and klezmer background coaching a progressive bluegrass band by telling them to listen to a late-Beethoven string quartet.
| November 19, 2012
Dave Douglas Quintet + Aoife O'Donovan at the Regattabar
Dave Douglas told the audience at the Regattabar that the inspiration for his new album, Be Still (Greenleaf), was a challenge from his mother before she died in 2011 — a list of hymns she wanted him to play.
| November 16, 2012
Michael Formanek Quartet at the Regattabar
The music of the Michael Formanek Quartet offers the listener a kind of tough love.
| October 05, 2012
Live jazz from John Scofield Trio at the Regattabar
Not long into his encore during the first set at the Regattabar Thursday night, guitarist John Scofield stopped the band, walked across the stage and took the sheet music from Steve Swallow's stand.
| September 21, 2012
Live jazz from Joe Lovano, Eric Hofbauer, and Taylor Ho Bynum
Is there a more buoyant personality in jazz than Joe Lovano?
| September 17, 2012
Fall jazz preview
The former day of celebration has now grown to encompass one long weekend that includes ticketed club and concert events.
| September 19, 2012
The church, R&B, country, jazz, and Ray Charles
Pan-stylistic fiddler and Berklee professor Matt Glaser was trying to come up with a selling point for his bosses at school on an idea for his American Roots Program — a symposium on blues, country music, and jazz.
| September 04, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival 2012
Too hot to cover
Every year the Newport Jazz Festival confronts with the same dilemma: how to objectively judge music presented under such variable conditions.
| August 10, 2012
Christian aTunde Adjuah Scott takes issue
No identity crisis
Since one of the first times I heard Christian Scott — at Sweet Lorraine's in New Orleans — he's always had an edge.
| August 07, 2012
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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