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The education of Grace Kelly

Legendary 79-year-old alto-saxophonist Phil Woods laughs indignantly when I ask him how he knew 18-year-old alto-saxophonist Grace Kelly was special. "Come on, when you hear it, you know what it is! I've been doing this for 65 years!" Pressed for partic
Hat tricks
By JON GARELICK  |  January 21, 2011

Does jazz have a melody problem?

It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.  
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
By JON GARELICK  |  June 04, 2010

Mixed messages

Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
By JON GARELICK  |  June 05, 2009

Group efforts

In November 2008, cutting firewood at his home in Brooklyn, Mark Turner, 42, arguably the most influential tenor-saxophonist of his generation, lost control of the power saw he was using.
Fly and the Tiptons
By JON GARELICK  |  April 10, 2009

DIY and more

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

Plamen Karadonev

This debut CD from young Bulgarian-born pianist Karadonev (now living in Boston) recommends itself despite occasionally wayward electronics and a singer whose accent distracts you from the English lyrics.
Crossing Lines | Mu
By JON GARELICK  |  March 18, 2008


Personal code

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
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2008

Screams and whispers

The parade of local noisemeisters continues this week.
Athletic Automaton, Allysen Callery, and Midnight Creeps
By BOB GULLA  |  September 25, 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
By JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007

Francisco Mela

The ?rst tune,“John Ramsay” (named for theBoston drummer), begins with the maze of Lionel Loueke’s acoustic-guitar patterns.
Melao | Ayva
By JON GARELICK  |  August 09, 2007

Fathers and son

It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
By JON GARELICK  |  May 01, 2007


Tango talk

Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
By JON GARELICK  |  January 23, 2007

Let ’em sing!

Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
A year in jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2006

Joe + Judi

Husband and wife Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano came from different musical backgrounds, but they found home — and each other — in the musical ferment of New York’s late-’70s jazz-loft scene.
Lovano and Silvano are two of a kind
By JON GARELICK  |  September 05, 2006

In all languages

For the past half decade or so, saxophonist Chris Potter has alternately traveled with two of the best bandleaders in jazz, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas.
Winter concert preview: looking ahead to jazz in 2006
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2006