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Jason Moran at Jordan Hall

I have to admit, I was not sanguine at the beginning of this highly anticipated concert by pianist and composer Jason Moran.
"In My Mind"
By JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2012

A young jazz master looks to a personal hero

Jason Moran — 37-year-old MacArthur Fellow and New England Conservatory teacher — epitomizes what's best about the current jazz scene: a composer and pianist who can — and does — draw on all eras.  
Moran's Monk
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012
Jazz 2012 Violin

Old favorites and debuts make the scene

We have to wait for spring to see Charlie Haden's Quartet West and the Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau duo, but there are still plenty of ways to keep an eye and ear on jazz in the winter months.
Rich choices
By JON GARELICK  |  December 30, 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.
Tenderness sutras
By JON GARELICK  |  January 07, 2011

10 jazz discs you need

There was a big field in 2010, with lots of titles vying to jump into the winner's circle. Here are the 10 jazz discs I truly wouldn't want to do without.
Listen up
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 31, 2010

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


Getting the story

Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2009

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

Fourth quarter earnings

Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 16, 2008

Cassandra Wilson | Loverly

Blue Note
By JON GARELICK  |  June 09, 2008

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



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

Jason Moran

"How can an abstract jazz artist say clearly how they feel and make an audience understand?” That’s the question Moran asks in the liner notes to Artist in Residence .
Artist in Residence | Blue Note
By JOHN GARELICK  |  January 22, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

All them 88s!

From free to funky, it sometimes seems like a golden age of jazz piano.
 A whole lotta pianists and more
By JON GARELICK  |  December 28, 2006

Border crossings

An in-demand sidewoman brings her own thing to Newport. Jenny Scheinman, "Into the Clearing" (mp3) Jenny Scheinman, "Tango for Luna" (mp3)
Jenny Scheinman’s gypsy jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  August 09, 2006


Crossing over again

The latest assault on the jazz crossover audience comes to town this Saturday in the form of “What Is Jazz?”, a touring caravan headlined by the Christian McBride Band with support from the Charlie Hunter Trio and drummer Bobby Previte with DJ Logic.
“What Is Jazz?” comes to town
By JON GARELICK  |  April 04, 2006