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Lamb Jam Thank You Ma'am

On February 20, eight women gathered in an anodyne conference room in the Charles Hotel to eat and pass judgment on 17 courses of lamb. I was one of them.
Our reporter eats meat. A lot of meat.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 04, 2011
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Extremeties

You can experience jazz at two different extremes at the Regattabar this month, in visits from the quintets of Dave Holland and Tomasz Stanko.
Dave Holland and Tomasz Stanko come to town
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010
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Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu | Chiaroscuro

For some, these open, airy, acoustic guitar/trumpet duets, couched in typically pristine ECM production, will fall too easily on the ear.
ECM (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  March 19, 2010
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Message points

Instrumental music isn't very dependable at conveying specific non-musical subject matter.
Christian Scott's political science, Anita Coelho's connections
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010
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Sonny, Pat, and all the cats

The primo jazz event of the spring will be SONNY ROLLINS 's concert at Symphony Hall on April 18 (bso.org). The great master saxophonist and peerless improviser often hits town in April, and this time it's to kick off his 80th-birthday tour. Whew.
Names you know and names you should
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010
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Lionel Loueke | Mwaliko

Benin-born, Paris-and-Berklee-educated guitarist Loueke knows how to cover a lot of ground and make it all sound of a piece.
Blue Note (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  February 19, 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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No identity crisis

If great art and great artists are supposed to contain multitudes, then in music, at least, pianists have the edge: 10 fingers theoretically capable of 10 different simultaneous paths for the music to take. Of course, it's not that simple.
Nando Michelin and Matt Steckler know who they are
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2010
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Best in their field

The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
By JON GARELICK  |  January 01, 2010
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Betty Buckley and Kenny Werner


Tonight's show is about as "unplugged" as you'll ever hear Betty Buckley. Catapulted to fame by her rendition of "Memory" as Grizabella in the original...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 17, 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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Darrell Nulisch | Just For You

This Boston-based blues and soul singer’s seventh album might seem an update of the elegantly funky Stax sound, with its deep grooves and smartly harmonized horns.
Severn (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 09, 2009
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Teachers and students

Several of this fall's promising jazz performances are clustered around the week of October 18. That marks the 40th-anniversary celebration of the jazz-studies program at New England Conservatory, which, created by Gunther Schuller, established NEC as
NEC and Berklee set the jazz stage
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009
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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009
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Livin' la Vida Locavore

Winter has always traumatized New Englanders, but because of the economy (thanks, rapacious mortgage-bundling douche bags!), this past season was particularly grim.
If farmers and artisans are packing their best goods and schlepping them to your 'hood, cheap, what's your excuse for not consuming them? 
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 10, 2009
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DIY and more

Jazz acts up
Regattabar, Scullers, Creative Nation Music's fifth-anniversary celebration and more
By JON GARELICK  |  March 16, 2009


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Avanti!

By the time guitarist Garrison Fewell made his first record as a leader, in the early '90s, he was nearly 40 years old, and the sound he displayed on his debut, A Blue Deeper Than Blue , was ripe.
Garrison's Fewell's journey out
By JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2009
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Fully loaded

One of the most hotly anticipated concerts of the season will be JOSHUA REDMAN's "Double Trio" concert at Berklee on January 22.
Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Lionel Loueke, and more
By JON GARELICK  |  December 30, 2008
KEYED UP: DAVID MAXWELL + MAXIMUM BLUES

KEYED UP: DAVID MAXWELL + MAXIMUM BLUES


 Resident piano genius DAVID MAXWELL brings his MAXIMUM BLUES to the Regattabar with a top-fli...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 05, 2008
MAMBO KING: EGUIE CASTRILLO

MAMBO KING: EGUIE CASTRILLO


 San Juan native and Berklee prof EGUIE CASTRILLO re-creates the heyday of his hero, Tito Puen...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 30, 2008
TANGO JAZZ: BERNARDO MONK

TANGO JAZZ: BERNARDO MONK


 Buenos Aires–native saxophonist/bandoneón player BERNARDO MONK brings his elegant tango quart...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 30, 2008


SAMBA-FICATION: SERGIO BRANDÃO

SAMBA-FICATION: SERGIO BRANDÃO


 Rio-born Boston transplant SERGIO BRANDÃO has long been at the center of our exciting pan-Ame...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 23, 2008

Malian Queen


DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER has long been one of jazz’s most charismatic singers. She brings the Afrojazz fr...
By admin  |  October 03, 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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Basic elements

Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 08, 2008
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Film @ Noir

“It’s called The Wizard of Gore, it’s with the Suicide Girls in it. What did you fuckin’ expect?!”
Opening night at the Boston Underground Film Festival
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 24, 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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Cooling it

It's good news that the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in conjunction with Berklee College of Music, is bringing back jazz as a regular part of its concert season.
A wealth of winter jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  December 26, 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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Bounty

It’s payback time for Boston’s blues and roots music scene.
The best of the season’s roots, world, folk, and blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007