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James Farm take jazz into songs
Typical of the festival's — and jazz's — rich crosscurrents these days is the collective quartet James Farm. This is a band with unassailable jazz bona fides.
Plus: A Newport Jazz Fest sampler
| August 05, 2011
After the rain with Charles Lloyd
The voice — a rolling, unhurried drawl with a laugh in it — is that of Charles Lloyd, 72 years old, saxophonist, early career star, temporary recluse, lifelong mystic seeker.
| January 07, 2011
2009: The year in jazz
Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and concerts I wrote about in 2009.
In and out
| December 25, 2009
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
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
| September 18, 2009
Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps
| December 22, 2008
He likes the shape of pop tunes, their dynamics, their unfolding dramas. He names Radiohead as an influence.
Invisible Cinema | Blue Note
| August 12, 2008
Killer guitars — and bands
Now 53 and more than 30 years into a remarkable career, Pat Metheny still approaches jazz like a kid let loose in a candy store.
Pat Metheny’s latest trio and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Remedy
| March 10, 2008
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
| December 26, 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
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
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