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Covering Lacy

For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
By JON GARELICK  |  May 21, 2010
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Getting the story

Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2009
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Cinematic

Talking with Nathaniel Facey, the alto-saxophonist in the London band Empirical, you find it difficult at first to pin down where and how the quintet developed their unusual compositional style.
Empirical go to the movies, plus the Hot 8
By JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2008
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Tellers and a show

Dancers do a lot of talking about their work these days. This can be disarming and engaging as a lead-in to a performance, but it seldom gives away any secrets.
Josh Hilberman, Jody Weber, and Beth Soll
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 03, 2008
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The long view

Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008
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Norman Granz Presents Improvisation

The 1950 footage is only part of the story: the program is fleshed out with equally dazzling later performances.
Eagle Eye
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 14, 2008


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An old lion roars

In recent years, McCoy Tyner has looked frail for his age — once robust and round-faced, he now appears gaunt.
McCoy Tyner at the Regattabar, December 27, 2007
By JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2007
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Voice choices

Julie Hardy and Stacey Kent come at jazz singing from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Stacey Kent and Julie Hardy find two different ways to make singing swing
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2007
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Trane, Joyce Dee Dee, Sco, and more

The official kickoff to the season begins with the week of activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert.
A jam-packed season of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007
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Holy spirit of the saxophone

John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
By JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007
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Three for the road

Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
By JON GARELICK  |  August 21, 2007


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Birds of a feather

What continues to make the JVC Jazz Festival at Newport so vital these days isn’t just the variety but the depth of the variety.
The jazz flocks gather at Newport
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2007
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Fathers and son

It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
By JON GARELICK  |  May 01, 2007
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Road shows

“I’ve got $30 — which three CDs do you recommend?” The fan was at the corner of the stage at Johnny D’s talking to guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, who was on his knees hawking about half a dozen of his discs with different bands at 10 bucks a pop.
Dave Fiuczynski, John Tchicai, Chris Potter, and John Stetch live
By JON GARELICK  |  February 15, 2007
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Permanent shuffle

Every year the box sets reshuffle jazz history.
Box sets and jazz history
By JON GARELICK  |  December 12, 2006
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The talk of the town

With the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival defunct and no other significant local jazz fest in sight, the Beantown Jazz Festival has been stepping up to fill the void.
Live jazz to die for
By JON GARELICK  |  September 13, 2006


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Flashbacks: June 30, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Whitney Kimball and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 28, 2006
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From Chicago to Addis

I know of no single, clear definition of “free bop,” but I think I know it when I hear it, and I’d say no one does it better than the Vandermark 5.
The Vandermark 5 and the Either/Orchestra bring it all back home
By JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2006