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Getting it live: Boston's Spring jazz preview
Two of the most adventurous and enduring of Boston bands, both coming off banner years in which they celebrated their 25th anniversaries, are pushing hard into spring.
Singing and more in the clubs
| March 18, 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
| June 04, 2010
No identity crisis
If great art and great artists are supposed to contain multitudes, then in music, at least, pianists have the edge: 10 fingers theoretically capable of 10 different simultaneous paths for the music to take. Of course, it's not that simple.
Nando Michelin and Matt Steckler know who they are
| January 29, 2010
One of the great harbingers of fall jazz for the past seven years has been the Beantown Jazz Festival.
A cornucopia of jazz
| September 08, 2008
Fred Woodard graduated from Berklee in 1983 — and that’s when he really started to go to school.
Fred Woodard’s post-grad life, plus ‘KGBG’ at the Lily Pad
| June 17, 2008
Skimming the cream
Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
| December 17, 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
The scene is typical for a Boston jazz date.
Jerry Bergonzi sets the standard — as player and teacher
| June 19, 2007
Brothers and other mothers
The single hottest ticket among jazz fans this season will be for the Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau Quartet.
Jazz in concerts and clubs
| March 13, 2007
Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
| January 23, 2007
Summer lasts forever
Mitch Alden, frontman and songwriter for Now Is Now, is by all appearances a very happy guy.
Now Is Now issue another disc full of sun-shiny pop
| October 25, 2006
The talk of the town
With the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival defunct and no other significant local jazz fest in sight, the Beantown Jazz Festival has been stepping up to fill the void.
Live jazz to die for
| September 13, 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
| January 14, 2006
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