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Fall Jazz Preview: Blindfold test

A search for this fall’s must-see jazz revealed a lot of overlapping personnel — Jim Hobbs, Allan Chase, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum. Hey, you wanted to know what’s good , right?
 Trying new flavors in the new season
By JON GARELICK  |  September 17, 2010
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Sonny, Pat, and all the cats

The primo jazz event of the spring will be SONNY ROLLINS 's concert at Symphony Hall on April 18 (bso.org). The great master saxophonist and peerless improviser often hits town in April, and this time it's to kick off his 80th-birthday tour. Whew.
Names you know and names you should
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010
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Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band | Celestial Green Monster

A composer who writes a 16-minute big-band piece based on "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" isn't going for subtlety — but then, he probably wouldn't appear nude and painted green on his CD cover, either.
Mutable Music (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  January 08, 2010
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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
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009
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The Fully Celebrated | Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones

After two albums with cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, and now dropping "Orchestra" from their name, this venerable Boston avant-garde street band are again a trio — and they're still a virtuoso ensemble.
AUM Fidelity (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  May 22, 2009
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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


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Solo, trio, orchestra

Charlap made the evening a primer on the American Songbook.
A week of live jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  July 05, 2006
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Spring leaves

The provocative tripleheader bill “What Is Jazz?” was originally put together by the ropeadope label for a showcase of its roster at Tonic in New York: the Christian McBride Band , the Charlie Hunter Trio , and DJ Logic and Bobby Previte .
Jazz in the clubs and beyond
By JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2006