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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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2012


That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour

If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 16, 2012


Review: Dylan Jones's 'Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music'

In the modern world of Wiki and the Interweb, if you're going to produce an actual print-edition dictionary of pop music, you'd better frontload it with attitude.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 08, 2012


Elsa at 75: The Cambridge photographer looks back

Elsa Dorfman, now 75, is the most unassuming of Cambridge literary/art-world legends.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 24, 2012


Michael Formanek Quartet at the Regattabar

The music of the Michael Formanek Quartet offers the listener a kind of tough love.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012


Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012


Homeland's victory lap

Is there a more compelling spectacle in television these days than Claire Danes slowly decompensating into full-on mania?
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012


Treme's third season is in the money

From the beginning, Treme has been too much — too many stories, too many angles, too many scenes.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2012


Live jazz from Joe Lovano, Eric Hofbauer, and Taylor Ho Bynum

Is there a more buoyant personality in jazz than Joe Lovano?
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 17, 2012


Fall jazz preview

Bean bags
The former day of celebration has now grown to encompass one long weekend that includes ticketed club and concert events.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 19, 2012


Boardwalk Empire enters another bloody, tender season

If you have not yet seen seasons 1 or 2 of the Prohibition-era, Atlantic City–set HBO drama Boardwalk Empire (whose new season begins Sunday at 9pm), then stop here and get thee to HBO OnDemand or, better yet, the brand-spanking new season 2 DVD/Blu-ray package. I can not be responsible for spoilers herein.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 13, 2012


The church, R&B, country, jazz, and Ray Charles

Ultimate fusion
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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 04, 2012


Strike Back blows shit up!

How many post-9/11 action-adventure roller-coaster rides can we take?
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 17, 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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 07, 2012


Pat Metheny's Unity Band

All is One
Pat Metheny's career has in a sense been defined by his omnivorous curiosity.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 27, 2012
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