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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
| 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...
| September 07, 2009
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
| August 14, 2009
Newport Jazz Festival 2009
| August 13, 2009
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...
| August 04, 2009
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
| June 12, 2009
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
| December 05, 2008
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
| November 18, 2008
More and more, museums are getting into the live-music scene.
Jazz in the clubs — and the museums
| March 11, 2008
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
| January 29, 2008
Underplaying to the Max
All-star blowouts at Symphony Hall are fraught with risk.
"A Celebration of Jazz & Joyce," Symphony Hall, September 28, 2007
| October 02, 2007
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
| August 15, 2007
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.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| April 18, 2007
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
| September 26, 2006
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
| April 18, 2006
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
| January 01, 1900
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