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Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet at the Regattabar

Sometimes it takes a few minutes for me to adjust to Kurt Rosenwinkel.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 01, 2013


Ran Blake & Dominique Eade at Scullers

Most virtuosos leave you scratching your head asking, "How did he play that?"
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 28, 2013


Kevin Harris’s Museum of sound

Kevin Harris learned piano by playing gospel music in church.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.”
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  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.
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
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