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Jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer would take on The Goldberg Variations
Jazz and Bach have always made good company.
| 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.
| April 10, 2012
Review: Showtime’s The Borgias
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 .
| April 09, 2012
Billy Hart’s ongoing education
Billy Hart still remembers his first drum "lesson."
| March 21, 2012
Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces
"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
| March 21, 2012
New discs, new shows
This season is chock full of jazz goodies.
| February 28, 2012
Poemjazz is for real, man!
Listen: Robert Pinsky's PoemJazz .
| 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.
| February 10, 2012
Can the Charles River Esplanade be transformed into the world's best park?
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?
| February 17, 2012
Tim Berne composes himself
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| February 02, 2012
New vision for the Esplanade
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.
| February 01, 2012
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.
| January 24, 2012
A young jazz master looks to a personal hero
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.
| January 24, 2012
Ed Reed sings it his way
It's almost cliché to describe the sound of a veteran jazz singer as "lived in."
| January 10, 2012
Old favorites and debuts make the scene
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.
| 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.
| December 21, 2011
A jazz-piano master clears his own path
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.
| 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.
| November 22, 2011
A new book says 'smaller' cities could be the way of the future
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.
| November 17, 2011
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