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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
| September 18, 2009
In the city where Florencia Gonzalez grew up — the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo — every neighborhood has its own candombe group. These are drum outfits that might meet on a Sunday afternoon, a Wednesday night, or particular holidays, depending on neig
Florencia Gonzalez gets ugly . Plus, Dave Holland is sitting pretty.
| August 28, 2009
Charlie Kohlhase's love affair with jazz began with the avant-garde. As a high-school kid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he found that it was Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago who rocked his world.
Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, Lee Konitz + Minsarah, and Steve Swallow recanting
| July 03, 2009
One of the most hotly anticipated concerts of the season will be JOSHUA REDMAN's "Double Trio" concert at Berklee on January 22.
Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Lionel Loueke, and more
| December 30, 2008
Symphony of buds
Apart from being an ephemeral player in the local music scene — he played at Strange Maine last fall, while living in Bar Harbor — New Hampshire-based upright bassist Nat Baldwin has some very influential friends.
Nat Baldwin and friends make a familiar but beguiling album
| April 16, 2008
In a town bursting with young musical talent, Leo Genovese might be the most explosive.
Leo Genovese tries to play what he doesn’t know; plus David Torn’s Prezens
| March 24, 2008
If it weren’t for the Middle East — the Cambridge club, not the region — NYC’s latest musical cause célèbre might not exist.
Battles look to the future, not the past
| July 10, 2007
Little band with a big sound
Throughout my notes on the Boston quartet Gypsy Schaeffer, I’ve written “great tune.”
Gypsy Schaeffer’s formal ingenuity, plus Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records
| July 03, 2007
In jazz, it’s always the iron age.
JazzBoston boosts the scene with Jazz Week
| April 18, 2007
So much, so fast
Angular, mathy bands run the risk of boring their audience live.
Battles, Great Scott, April 5, 2007
| April 06, 2007
Once a certified member of the avant-garde, bassist Dave Holland is now mainstream.
Critical Mass | Dare2/Sunnyside
| October 17, 2006
I was going to say Roscoe Mitchell laughs like Mutley. But that’s not it exactly.
Roscoe Mitchell brings the word from Chicago
| October 17, 2006
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