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Live jazz from John Scofield Trio at the Regattabar
Not long into his encore during the first set at the Regattabar Thursday night, guitarist John Scofield stopped the band, walked across the stage and took the sheet music from Steve Swallow's stand.
| September 21, 2012
Review: Chico & Rita
This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
| March 02, 2012
Hoboe are a multi-trick pony
If you've heard of Hoboe, it's probably because of the gimmick.
Read all about it
| January 13, 2012
Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011
While we all await the inevitable "Last Days of Amy Winehouse" report from Rolling Stone , let's take a breather and remember the voice. It was slow, smoky, insinuating, sweet-and-sour, and seemed to conjure a handful of jazz-and-soul divas in a sylla
| July 29, 2011
Joe Lovano Us Five | Bird Songs
It's worth taking Lovano's word that this is not a Charlie Parker "tribute" album.
Blue Note (2011)
| January 14, 2011
Live and on record
To call Darius Jones’s music avant-garde seems almost beside the point. In its way, it’s older than old — it’s ancient.
Darius Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Ben Goldberg’s Go Home
| November 06, 2009
The music man
Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
| August 07, 2009
Review: Matt Wilson Quartet | That’s Gonna Leave A Mark
Whatever else is going on in jazz — fractured meters, indie-pop fusions — it's always good to hear a couple of horns burning through the changes over swing cymbals and a hard-walking bass groove.
| August 07, 2009
Meet the Beatles!
Swallow says that when he first picked up an electric bass, "My immediate impression was: 'Oh, shit! I'm in deep trouble here!' "
The Gary Burton Quartet remembers its roots
| June 19, 2009
Crossword: ''Court case''
Time to mix and match
| November 19, 2008
Walking the line
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’.
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’
| May 28, 2008
The Etymology of Bird is not about jazz legend Charlie Parker, but it certainly does soar and transport us.
PBRC’s Etymology of Bird soars
| April 23, 2008
Crossword: ''When in Rome''
Letters and numbers
| April 02, 2008
Hearts of glass
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
California cool at the Addison Gallery
| March 19, 2008
Tellers and a show
Dancers do a lot of talking about their work these days. This can be disarming and engaging as a lead-in to a performance, but it seldom gives away any secrets.
Josh Hilberman, Jody Weber, and Beth Soll
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| March 03, 2008
The connection between jazz and India is at least as old as John Coltrane’s composition named for that country.
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-jazz connection
| February 12, 2008
Off the wall
Sometime around 1970 I wandered into the art gallery at Vermont's Bennington College and got a surprise.
Sculpture and craft intersect at Aucocisco
| January 23, 2008
Norman Granz Presents Improvisation
The 1950 footage is only part of the story: the program is fleshed out with equally dazzling later performances.
| January 14, 2008
The old neighborhood
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
| December 12, 2007
It’s not that I think Billie Holiday: Remixed and Reimagined is some kind of unforgivable desecration.
Billie Holiday unstuck in time
| December 07, 2007
In the era of YouTube, we’re apt to forget that not every note of music ever played has been captured on film or video.
The ‘Jazz Icons’ DVDs
| November 26, 2007
Holy spirit of the saxophone
John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
| 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
| August 29, 2007
Sweet and Lowe down
Quoting Lowe, Jews represent “a cult without a leader, freelance wise-asses without portfolio.” Who am I to argue?
Jews in Hell chronicles Portland’s ultimate outsider(s)
| August 15, 2007
Crossword: 'Oink Oink'
I ham soooo funny
| April 11, 2007
“I’ve got $30 — which three CDs do you recommend?” The fan was at the corner of the stage at Johnny D’s talking to guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, who was on his knees hawking about half a dozen of his discs with different bands at 10 bucks a pop.
Dave Fiuczynski, John Tchicai, Chris Potter, and John Stetch live
| February 15, 2007
Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
| January 23, 2007
Every year the box sets reshuffle jazz history.
Box sets and jazz history
| December 12, 2006
Guitar heroes too
“People simply can’t describe our music,” says drummer Andrew Barr of the Boston-based trio the Slip as he looks back over the band’s past decade together. The Slip, "Children of December" (mp3)
The Slip fall into the rock
| December 07, 2006
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