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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010
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Iggy Pop | Préliminaires

Astralwerks (2009)
Astralwerks (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 03, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps



By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008
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Finding a voice

Closer inspection, however, shows a choreographer making a series of perplexing musical choices that don’t always serve him well.
Battleworks at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  February 29, 2008
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André Previn

André Previn has been an acclaimed professional jazz musician since he was a teenager.
Alone | Emarcy
By JON GARELICK  |  July 10, 2007


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That’s amore

The Light in the Piazza is an ambitious if old-fashioned musical.
The Light in the Piazza; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Love’s Labour’s Lost
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 05, 2007
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Stormy weather

The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 28, 2007
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Erin McKeown

With Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones as ingrained in the cultural fabric as cockroaches in an Allston student flat, there isn’t much refreshing about yet another pop singer’s taking a whack at a few pages in the Great American Songbook.
Sing You Sinners | Nettwerk
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 16, 2007
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Assess the cost

Dear Dr. Lovemonkey, My best friend broke up with his girlfriend a couple of months ago, and since I have always had a thing about her, I’m thinking about asking her out.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 28, 2006
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Crescent City queen

It’s a little more than a year since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and Irma Thomas’s life, like those of most residents of the city, has yet to return to normal.
Irma Thomas comes to Tanglewood
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 30, 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