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Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Lionel Loueke, and more
By JON GARELICK  |  January 5, 2009

DOUBLING UP: Joshua Redman brings his “Double Trio” to Berklee.

One of the most hotly anticipated concerts of the season will be JOSHUA REDMAN's "Double Trio" concert at Berklee on January 22. It follows the release on January 13 of the double-trio album Compass (Nonesuch), which takes off from the ideas of his first trio album, 2007's Back East (Nonesuch). In the studio, Redman, teamed with bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson in a "rotating, and intertwining, pair of trios." For the initial seven-city tour, the plan is for Redman to perform with Grenadier and Hutchinson, then the double trio. The show is a co-presentation by the Regattabar and AEG Live. (The Berklee Performance Center is at 136 Mass Ave, Boston; 617.931.200 or

Speaking of the REGATTABAR (Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge; 617.395.7757 or, the club's winter line-up features two of jazz's most important jazz singers in quick succession, following the release last year of superb albums on Blue Note. Cassandra Wilson, whose Loverly came out in September, is at the R-Bar for four shows over the weekend of February 6 and 7; Patricia Barber, who released The Cole Porter Mix in September, is in the following Tuesday, February 11. Also at the R-Bar: exciting young Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke in his collaborative band Gilfema, with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth, in this case appearing as Gilfema + 2 (January 14), celebrating the release of an album of the same name on Obliqsound. The + 2 on the album are reed players Anat Cohen and John Ellis; at the R-bar it will be Ellis and Joris Roelofs.

Other highlights from the Regattabar winter schedule: terrific young pan-Latin vocalist (i.e., Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese) Eleonora Bianchini (January 15) ; veteran Boston pan-American folk and jazz band Sol y Canto (January 16); the Either/Orchestra celebrating its 23rd birthday (January 17); the Bill Frisell Trio with violinist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston (January 20); alto sax monster Kenny Garrett (January 23-24); Israeli pianist Gilad Barkan with flutist Amir Milstein (January 28); Boston jazz-funk organ trio Otis Grove (January 29); drummer Art Hoenig and pianist Jean Michel Pilc's trio, with bassist Hans Glawischnig (February 4); Tunisian oud player and singer Dhafer Youssef (February 10); singer Jack Donahue (February 12); South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela (February 12); singer Ernestine Anderson (February 14); pianist Kevin Hays (February 17); Nat "King" Cole's "little" brother Freddy (February 25); Cajun-music heroes Beausoleil (February 26); the McCoy Tyner Trio plus special guest TBA (February 27-28); family doctor/jazz pianist Stanley Sagov and his Remembering the Future Band (March 4); Afro-Cuban dance band Obbini Tumbao (March 7); blues singer-songwriter John Hammond Jr. (March 12); the Kenny Barron Trio (March 26-27); violinist/vocalist Jenny Scheinman (March 28); and guitar hero John Scofield's New Orleans-centric Piety Street Band, with pianist Jon Cleary and Meters bassist George Porter Jr. (April 3-4).

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