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Modern vintage

Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 08, 2009

DIY and more

Regattabar, Scullers, Creative Nation Music's fifth-anniversary celebration and more
Jazz acts up
By JON GARELICK  |  March 30, 2009

Covers uncovered

The Bad Plus plus a singer
The Bad Plus plus a singer
By JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2009

Wendy gets Bad

A little history on the ties between Wendy Lewis and the Bad Plus
Wendy Lewis's association with the Bad Plus goes back to her shared Minneapolis roots with David King and Reid Anderson.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2009


Bad Touch's Magic flow; plus Patricia Barber
It's standard operating procedure these days for young jazz bands to mix the free and the formal.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 27, 2009


Garrison's Fewell's journey out
By the time guitarist Garrison Fewell made his first record as a leader, in the early '90s, he was nearly 40 years old, and the sound he displayed on his debut, A Blue Deeper Than Blue , was ripe.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 06, 2009

Review: The Bad Plus's For All I Care

Heads Up (2009)
On each of their previous albums, the Bad Plus let it be known they owed as much to classic rock and pop as to prog jazz.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 27, 2009

Close readings

Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 24, 2008

Good fellows

Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
By JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008

Diversity on display

Fusionworks pursues Different Directions
The Fusionworks troupe looks stronger than ever, with an emphasis on diversity and variety that has always defined their performances.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2007


Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2007

Three nights

5LMN2, Revelation at the Beehive, and Geni’s shakuhachi
As usual, there was too much to see in a week that included avant-gardist Burton Greene at one end of the spectrum and crossover darling Diana Krall at the other.
By JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2007

Nights on the town

Brandão, Coltrane, and Redman move the beat around
By now, the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim has been completely ingrained in the language of jazz and pop.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 16, 2007

New Orleans notes

A city holds fast to its soul
This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007

Brothers and other mothers

Jazz in concerts and clubs
The single hottest ticket among jazz fans this season will be for the Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau Quartet.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 13, 2007

Side by side by the waterside

A disparate diet of sounds at Newport
Gold Sounds were in the middle of a hellacious set of Pavement covers at the JVC-Newport Jazz Festival last Saturday afternoon when a woman who appeared to be in her 70s turned to me and said, “This is the sleeper of the day! I was going to get a lemonade and go back to Al Jarreau, but this is happening!” Slideshow: scenes from the JVC-Newport Jazz Festival
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2006

Words in motion

Fusionworks unwrap their latest moves  
Fusionworks director Deb Meunier first got the idea for her “Unwrapped” talks from a parent chaperoning schoolchildren to a dance concert.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 29, 2006

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