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Pardon the interruption

Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
By JON GARELICK  |  April 23, 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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Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band | Celestial Green Monster

A composer who writes a 16-minute big-band piece based on "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" isn't going for subtlety — but then, he probably wouldn't appear nude and painted green on his CD cover, either.
Mutable Music (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  January 08, 2010
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Seven up

Because Sly-Chi are so versatile, and can adopt any number of danceable skins, there can be a tendency to read their individual songs in great chunks, like sentences we've read a hundred times.
The new sounds of Sly-Chi
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 11, 2009
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Old school, new school

If fans plan shrewdly next Thursday (October 15), they can hear jazz singing at its best in two completely different styles.
Amanda Carr and Gretchen Parlato do it their way
By JON GARELICK  |  October 09, 2009
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Fourth quarter earnings

Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 16, 2008


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Back to the future

Since leaving Roomful of Blues, the vintage guitar hero Duke Robillard has moved forward by reaching back into the annals of American blues, swing, jazz, and R&B and by doing so, he’s told a pretty incredible story.
Duke Robillard unveils Sunny and Her Joy Boys
By BOB GULLA  |  October 22, 2008

Norman Mailer’s ‘White Negro’ gets the treatment

Long before suburban kids began digging Dr. Dre and Tupac, an earlier generation of young white people venerated the jazz and swing music of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s.
Action speaks!
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 15, 2008
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Autumn leaves

One of the great harbingers of fall jazz for the past seven years has been the Beantown Jazz Festival.
A cornucopia of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2008
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Hybrid rhythmic engine

Fusions are the lifeblood of music, but too often they come with a whiff of high-concept gimmickry.
Nation Beat is a gas
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2008
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Groove infatuation

This band's cohesiveness consistently shines through on tunes that reference bands as diverse as the Commodores, the O’Jays, the Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.
Sly-Chi carve out Space on the dance floor
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008


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Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008
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Salvatore’s

The new waterfront restaurant scene is all glitz, with chains and chain relatives from Morton’s, Legal Sea Foods, and Wolfgang Puck.
A chain could do you good
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 05, 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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Erin McKeown: Lafayette

Give some of the credit to her crack back-up band, who move effortlessly between head-nodding hip-hop grooves and hopped-up big-band shuffles.
Signature Sounds
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 12, 2007
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Only connect

Maybe there have been better musicians in Boston than Herb Pomeroy — maybe — but no musician has been more loved.
Remembering Herb Pomeroy
By JON GARELICK  |  September 04, 2007


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Anat, Elvis, and Jenny

In the wake of a single solo album on her own label in 2005, Anat Cohen is suddenly everywhere.
Looking ahead to Newport Jazz and Folk, and to Jenny Scheinman
By JON GARELICK  |  July 30, 2007
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Lightweights

Two of Boston’s major dance series wound up their 2006–2007 season last week with low-calorie desserts.
Mark Morris at the ICA, Latin Jazz at the Shubert
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 22, 2007
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Vusi Mahlasela

Mahlasela is among Africa’s best singer-songwriters, and here he delivers 16 largely acoustic-based tunes that span kwela, reggae, swing jazz, mbaqanga, and rock.
Guiding Star | ATO
By BANNING EYRE  |  March 19, 2007
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The roots of rock

In 1939 Arthur Goldberg went to Hollywood and crowned himself Art Rupe, a suitably slick moniker for an entrepreneur in the booming post-war culture industry.
Concord unearths the Specialty catalog
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 02, 2007
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All them 88s!

From free to funky, it sometimes seems like a golden age of jazz piano.
 A whole lotta pianists and more
By JON GARELICK  |  December 28, 2006


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Side by side by the waterside

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 lemonad
A disparate diet of sounds at Newport
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2006
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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

From the band name and the title, you wouldn’t be wrong to expect Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra.
The Phat Pack | Immergent
By JON GARELICK  |  July 11, 2006
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In all languages

For the past half decade or so, saxophonist Chris Potter has alternately traveled with two of the best bandleaders in jazz, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas.
Winter concert preview: looking ahead to jazz in 2006
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2006