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Tom Wetmore plays his band

Tom Wetmore's new The Desired Effect (Crosstown) is both tantalizingly familiar and utterly strange.
Composer’s desire
By JON GARELICK  |  July 13, 2012
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Photos: The Fringe at the Lily Pad

The Fringe perform live at the Lily Pad on May 12, 2012.
May 12, 2012
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  May 25, 2012
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The Fringe at 40

"I'm feeling a little light-headed," George Garzone told the audience last Saturday at the Boston Conservatory Theater, closing his eyes and bringing a hand to his brow.
Sophisticated primitives
By JON GARELICK  |  May 18, 2012
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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
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More jazz to catch live

Here are just a few upcoming jazz events that should be on your calendar.
Mark your calendars
By JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2011
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Daniel Rosenthal steps out

Trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal's Lines (American Melody) is one of those little gems of an album that comes along with regularity from Boston's indie-jazz scene.
Streaming
By JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2011


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Tal Gamlieli Quartet at Lily Pad

Sometimes it's all a matter of making complex things simple. Or revealing the complex depths beneath simple surfaces.
Lily Pad | March 3, 2011
By JON GARELICK  |  March 04, 2011
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Photos: Yellowbirds CD Release Party at Lily Pad

Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine) and his cohorts in Yelllowbirds celebrated the release of debut full-length album The Color at Lily Pad on February 26, 2011.  
Yellowbirds | Lilly Pad | February 26, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  March 04, 2011
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Matt Wilson | Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

Palmetto (2010)
Palmetto (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  December 10, 2010
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Chucho, Mike, and Lina

Anyone who has doubts about the musical supremacy of Chucho Valdés — or wants an introduction to it — need only listen to "Danzón," the second track from the new Chucho's Steps.
Havana, Chicago, and a dash of Toronto
By JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010
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Wicked Whiskey | Under the Gun

Self-released (2010)
Self-released (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 24, 2010


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Review: Kevin Dunn | No Great Lost: Songs 1979–1985

Casa Nueva Industries (2010)
Casa Nueva Industries (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 17, 2010
Notrio at Lily Pad

Notrio at Lily Pad


It should be a great evening of avant-leaning jazz when Notrio (free-improv drum sage Nat Mugavero, pianist and proprietor Gil Aharon, and guitarist Eric Hofbauer)...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010
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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
October Trio at the Lily Pad

October Trio at the Lily Pad


No, there aren't enough jazz clubs in town, but that means you get to hear some very high-level music at "alternative" spaces like the Lily...
By webteam  |  June 16, 2010
Notrio with Allan Chase

Notrio with Allan Chase


A splendidly promising night at the Lily Pad, with great players doing interesting things. The free-form Notrio (drummer Nat Mugavero, pianist/bassist Gil Aharon, guitarist Eric...
By webteam  |  June 01, 2010


Cameryn Moore's "Phone Whore" at the Lily Pad

Cameryn Moore's "Phone Whore" at the Lily Pad


Fresh off her "Naked Girls Reading" appearance and in time for National Masturbation month (yes, there is such a thing), local writer and performer Cameryn...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010
Jason Rigby + his band at the Lily Pad

Jason Rigby + his band at the Lily Pad


Young tenor-sax player Jason Rigby comes to town with a swell band, working the post-Miles space-bop grooves he explored on 2008’s Sage (Fresh Sound New Talent) in...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
Jon De Lucia at the Lily Pad (CANCELLED)

Jon De Lucia at the Lily Pad (CANCELLED)


UPDATE: SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLEDA Quincy native, Berklee-educated, and now residing in Brooklyn, alto-saxist Jon De Lucia  has a compelling knotty style of writing and...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010
Sarah Brindell with Cameron Greenlee and Shea Rose

Sarah Brindell with Cameron Greenlee and Shea Rose


The snoot on Sarah Brindell's “Dandelion” reminds us of a cross between Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” and Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine.” Which has nothing to do with...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
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Message points

Instrumental music isn't very dependable at conveying specific non-musical subject matter.
Christian Scott's political science, Anita Coelho's connections
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010


David Maxwell's Outtakes Unlimited

David Maxwell's Outtakes Unlimited


Fearless blues-piano agitator David Maxwell convenes his Outtakes Unlimited, which means you'll be hearing some of the heaviest avant-jammers in the local scene - saxophonists...
By webteam  |  December 17, 2009

REVIEW: Amy Cervini Quartet at the Lily Pad, Dec. 18, 2009


After more than 50 years, the pre-1950s American Songbook is beginning to lose some of its grip on mainstream jazz. Or, at least, other songs...
By Jon Garelick  |  December 14, 2009
Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale


It's not difficult to establish the bona fides of Toronto's Beyond The Pale given that one of their members - violinist Aleksander Gajic - was...
By Jason OBryan  |  December 08, 2009
Amy Cervini

Amy Cervini


Singer Amy Cervini is yet another young New England Conservatory grad who's making waves with her authoritative mix of jazz chops and contemporary pop. (She...
By Jason OBryan  |  December 08, 2009
Chiara String Quartet, Katie Bull and Landon Knoblock, Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly, Pandelis Karayorgis

Chiara String Quartet, Katie Bull and Landon Knoblock, Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly, Pandelis Karayorgis


The Sunday-evening “Gillypad” at the Lily Pad gallery/performance space will include everything but proprietor Gill Aharon at the piano. First up is the barnstorming ensemble...
By webteam  |  December 01, 2009


Dred Scott Trio

Dred Scott Trio


We hate to repeat ourselves, but the Dred Scott Trio haven't been here since February, so here's a quick review of the essentials: pianist Scott...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 18, 2009
Helen Money + Gillypad

Helen Money + Gillypad


Classical musos will tell you that a cello can smoke an electric guitar any day. Well, okay, at least a plugged-in cello. In this case,...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 27, 2009
Fringe + Quartet of Happiness

Fringe + Quartet of Happiness


Boston avant-garde heroes the Fringe invite the madcap theatrical ensemble the Quartet Of Happiness to their Monday-night Lily Pad residency as part of the "Generations...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 14, 2009
Charlie Kohlhase + Josh Rosen + Curt Newton + Jason Robinson

Charlie Kohlhase + Josh Rosen + Curt Newton + Jason Robinson


Boston avant heavy cats Charlie Kohlhase (saxophones), Josh Rosen (piano), and Curt Newton (drums) join forces with visiting (from Amherst) saxophonist Jason Robinson at the...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 14, 2009