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Rap legend Guru in a coma

"So whassup?" "Moment of truth." "Above the clouds?" "Credit is due." Those were just a few Gang Starr song-title sentiments that fans cried on social networks following the news that hip-hop legend Guru suffered a heart attack in New York City, where he
Shining Starr
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2009 | September 18-26


North vs. South, cod vs. catfish, Boston reserve vs. Bourbon Street hedonism — the Hub doesn’t always have much in common with New Orleans, but...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 07, 2009
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Covering the bottom end - and the bottom line

The biggest news made by the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals the past two weekends was that they happened at all.
Newport Jazz comes back with a bang
By JON GARELICK  |  August 14, 2009
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Newport Jazz Festival 2009

Jazzy!
Jazzy!
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 13, 2009
Saxophone Saturday

Saxophone Saturday


Call it Saxophone Saturday. All sorts of superb reed players take the stage at today's edition of George Wein's Jazz Festival 55. The vigor of...
By webteam  |  August 04, 2009
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Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009


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Alone together

How can a jazz band play no swing rhythms, no grooves, and, really, no songs, and hold 1200 people rapt for an hour and 25 minutes, with virtually no breaks in the music?
Wayne Shorter Quartet, Berklee Performance Center, December 3, 2008
By JON GARELICK  |  December 05, 2008
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Close readings

The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
By JON GARELICK  |  November 18, 2008
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Budding groves

More and more, museums are getting into the live-music scene.
Jazz in the clubs — and the museums
By JON GARELICK  |  March 11, 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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Underplaying to the Max

All-star blowouts at Symphony Hall are fraught with risk.
"A Celebration of Jazz & Joyce," Symphony Hall, September 28, 2007
By JON GARELICK  |  October 02, 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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Who’s with whom — and why?

Now that first-quarter campaign-finance reports have been filed, we can see which presidential candidates scooped up money from which Bay Staters.
Talking politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 18, 2007
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The anxiety of influence

“I’m playing changes!” That’s what a young jazz-pianist acquaintance of mine announced exultantly to one of his musical buddies back in the early ’70s.
Tyner, Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, and Branford Marsalis
By JON GARELICK  |  September 26, 2006
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What's up, doc?

I’d heard that Full Frame is the best-programmed documentary festival in America, and it might just be.
The Full Frame Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 18, 2006
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Guru's guru

When the Roxbury-born rapper Guru passed away April 19 in a hospital bed — succumbing to cancer at the age of 48 — the internationally renowned musician had not seen most of his lifelong friends and relatives in seven years.
How a mysterious Svengali dominated the final days of the Boston-born hip-hop and jazz superstar
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 1900