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Photos: Newport Jazz Festival 2010

Dave Brubeck, Anant Cohen, Wynton Marsalis, Lucia Micarelli, Grace Kelly, Maria Schneider and more, August 6 - 8, 2010
Dave Brubeck, Anant Cohen, Wynton Marsalis, Lucia Micarelli, Grace Kelly, Maria Schneider and more, August 6 - 8, 2010
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 13, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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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
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Making it sing

If you come to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new Billie Holiday tribute disc — or to her two Holiday shows at the Paramount Theatre this weekend — expecting a reverent impersonation, you could be in for a shock. Bridgewater has transformed the music and persona
Dee Dee does Billie, plus John Stein & Ron Gill
By JON GARELICK  |  March 26, 2010
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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  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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Miles Davis | The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Given the consensus that the CD era is drawing to a close, labels have begun to look increasingly toward the well-heeled — those who not only still buy their music on something they can hold but aren't averse to buying it in supersized, extravagant con
Columbia/Legacy (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 11, 2009
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Coming home

Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009
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Street rhythm

In the city where Florencia Gonzalez grew up — the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo — every neighborhood has its own candombe group. These are drum outfits that might meet on a Sunday afternoon, a Wednesday night, or particular holidays, depending on neig
Florencia Gonzalez gets ugly . Plus, Dave Holland is sitting pretty.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 28, 2009
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Tours of duty

Clifford and Bang will celebrate Memorial Day weekend together at Highland Kitchen in Somerville this Sunday in a program called "Basic Training: An Evening of Art, Music, and Poetry."
John Clifford and Billy Bang's Vietnam; plus Icons Among Us and bye-bye Jazz Brunch
By JON GARELICK  |  May 22, 2009
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Chick Corea and John McLaughlin | Five Peace Band Live

Chick Corea and John McLaughlin first encountered each other in Miles Davis's group in the late '60s before taking his electric-jazz lessons and going on to invent fusion with Return to Forever (Corea) and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (McLaughlin).
Concord (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 24, 2009


Nightwatch

Who's got the funk?
Providence gripped by funk shortage
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 29, 2008
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Nights out

Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
By JON GARELICK  |  November 03, 2008
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Getting it live

Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2008
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Photos: Newport Jazz Festival


Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Christian Scott, and more
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 14, 2008
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State of the art

You could find just about any kind of jazz you wanted on the three stages at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport last weekend.
Newport's Jazz ID check
By JON GARELICK  |  August 12, 2008


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Herbie Hancock, et al.

English master of obscure reissues Jonny Trunk strikes again.
Hear O Israel, A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz | Jonny
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 01, 2008
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Split personality

Jenny Scheinman is such an unassuming, modest musician that it’s easy to underestimate the radicalness of her two new CDs, Jenny Scheinman and Crossing the Field .
Jenny Scheinman gets herself together
By JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2008
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Breaking through

In the overall retail picture, jazz accounts for about three percent of sales, and a “hit” CD is anything that exceeds 10,000 copies.
Esperanza Spalding steps up her game
By JON GARELICK  |  May 19, 2008
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Destination out

In a town bursting with young musical talent, Leo Genovese might be the most explosive.
Leo Genovese tries to play what he doesn’t know; plus David Torn’s Prezens
By JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 2008
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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
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008


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Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008
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Skimming the cream

Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007

Portland scene report: December 14, 2007

Delayed by such piddling things as his wedding and day job, Roper took about a year to finish the effort.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 12, 2007
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Voice choices

Julie Hardy and Stacey Kent come at jazz singing from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Stacey Kent and Julie Hardy find two different ways to make singing swing
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2007
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Rare birds

Maria Schneider didn’t necessarily know what “The ‘Pretty’ Road” was about when she started writing it.
Maria Schneider and John Stein
By JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2007


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Standards

For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2007
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Three in two

The Red Sox were playing the first game of their ALDS with the Angels, but Dominique Eade had a nearly full house.
Dominique, Musillami, and Sco
By JON GARELICK  |  October 10, 2007
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Underplaying to the Max

All-star blowouts at Symphony Hall are fraught with risk.
"A Celebration of Jazz & Joyce," Symphony Hall, September 28, 2007
By JON GARELICK  |  October 02, 2007
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Herbie Hancock

Herbie isn’t fooling around — the guest stars are here, yes, but Hancock is stretching out, with languid, meditative takes on the Mitchell songbook.
River: The Joni Letters | Verve
By JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007