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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

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 ( 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

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

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

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

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


Solo, trio, orchestra

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

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