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Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

The doctor is in

That Stanley Sagov plays jazz at all is impressive. That he plays it at such a high level is stunning.  
Stanley Sagov’s jazz remedies, plus Saxophone Summit
By JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2008

Life lessons

At 42, the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is everywhere.
Danilo Pérez gets into the moment
By JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2008

Saxophone Summit

Despite the name, this has never been a mere supergroup blowing session.
Seraphic Light | Telarc
By JON GARELICK  |  May 27, 2008

Breaking through

In the overall retail picture, jazz accounts for about three percent of sales, and a “hit” CD is anything that exceeds 10,000 copies.
Esperanza Spalding steps up her game
By JON GARELICK  |  May 19, 2008

Little band with a big sound

Throughout my notes on the Boston quartet Gypsy Schaeffer, I’ve written “great tune.”
Gypsy Schaeffer’s formal ingenuity, plus Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2007


The tenorist

The scene is typical for a Boston jazz date.
Jerry Bergonzi sets the standard — as player and teacher
By JON GARELICK  |  June 19, 2007

Something for everybody

As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007

Nights on the town

By now, the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim has been completely ingrained in the language of jazz and pop.
Brandão, Coltrane, and Redman move the beat around
By JON GARELICK  |  May 16, 2007

Tango talk

Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
By JON GARELICK  |  January 23, 2007

The anxiety of influence

“I’m playing changes!” That’s what a young jazz-pianist acquaintance of mine announced exultantly to one of his musical buddies back in the early ’70s.
Tyner, Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, and Branford Marsalis
By JON GARELICK  |  September 26, 2006

Bruce Springsteen’s rock dream: Little Big Man as Hot Rod hero

Columbia has been so successful that, no matter what Born To Run sounds like, Bruce Springsteen is in all probability going to be rock’s next superstar. In fact, if one can judge from the crazed crowds outside New York’s Bottom Line, he already is.
By PETER HERBST  |  May 22, 2006

A last chance power drive

By Mike Smith  |  December 18, 2005