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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
| April 23, 2010
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
| February 12, 2010
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)
| January 08, 2010
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
| December 11, 2009
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
| October 09, 2009
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.
| December 16, 2008
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
| 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.
| October 15, 2008
One of the great harbingers of fall jazz for the past seven years has been the Beantown Jazz Festival.
A cornucopia of jazz
| September 08, 2008
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
| July 15, 2008
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
| April 30, 2008
Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
| April 09, 2008
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
| December 05, 2007
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
| September 12, 2007
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.
| September 12, 2007
Maybe there have been better musicians in Boston than Herb Pomeroy — maybe — but no musician has been more loved.
Remembering Herb Pomeroy
| September 04, 2007
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
| July 30, 2007
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
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| May 22, 2007
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
| March 19, 2007
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
| January 02, 2007
All them 88s!
From free to funky, it sometimes seems like a golden age of jazz piano.
A whole lotta pianists and more
| December 28, 2006
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
| August 15, 2006
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
| July 11, 2006
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
| January 14, 2006
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