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James Farm take jazz into songs

Typical of the festival's — and jazz's — rich crosscurrents these days is the collective quartet James Farm. This is a band with unassailable jazz bona fides.
Plus: A Newport Jazz Fest sampler
By JON GARELICK  |  August 05, 2011
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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010
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Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009
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Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009
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Teachers and students

Several of this fall's promising jazz performances are clustered around the week of October 18. That marks the 40th-anniversary celebration of the jazz-studies program at New England Conservatory, which, created by Gunther Schuller, established NEC as
NEC and Berklee set the jazz stage
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009


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Jeremy Udden | Plainville

Saxophonist and composer Udden (formerly of NEC and the Either/Orchestra) here dives deeper into the jazz-pop connections he began to explore in his 2006 debut as a leader, Torchsongs .
Fresh Sound New Talent (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 31, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps



By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008
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Good fellows

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

Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2008
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Aaron Parks

He likes the shape of pop tunes, their dynamics, their unfolding dramas. He names Radiohead as an influence.
Invisible Cinema | Blue Note
By JON GARELICK  |  August 12, 2008


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State of the art

You could find just about any kind of jazz you wanted on the three stages at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport last weekend.
Newport's Jazz ID check
By JON GARELICK  |  August 12, 2008