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Jazz 2012 Violin

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
jazz music Mark McGrain

Mark McGrain takes Plunge, music ensues

Trying to find continuities in the strains of jazz history can be a dizzying, foolish, irresistible head game. Original as it is, this stuff all comes from somewhere, right?
Contrapuntally speaking
By JON GARELICK  |  June 24, 2011

Winter jazz preview: Sweet and sour

Next week we'll tell you all about the tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who brings his great band with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland to the Regattabar January 21-22. In the meantime, here are 10 other primo jazz acts to catch live this wi
All flavors of great jazz to catch live
By JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2010
Multiple melodies

Multiple melodies

The old opera-based saying goes, "It's not over until the fat lady sings." But not only is that expression awfully offensive (what, "full-figured" has too...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 18, 2010

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
G. Calvin Weston at Outpost 186

G. Calvin Weston at Outpost 186

The stupendous drummer G. Calvin Weston has driven the harmolodic funk and blues of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time and James "Blood" Ulmer, so he'll probably...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010



The hour's worth of film and dance that followed my absurdist journey offered flashbacks, edges, mysterious messages, and a thunderstorm. In 1924, Tristan Tzara described Dada as a resistance to the pretensions of art, "a snow of butterflies released f
'11+1' at Outpost 186
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 12, 2010
Michael Musillami at Outpost 186

Michael Musillami at Outpost 186

The fine guitarist Michael Musillami - whose clean, dry, aggressive attack is worlds away from the jazz-guitar axis of Metheny/Frisell/Scofield - brings his superb long-time...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010
Oh Pulsar Trio with Jim Hobbs

Oh Pulsar Trio with Jim Hobbs

The exciting Boston guitarist Jeff Platz— working the lyrical outer edges of jazz, matching spare writing with free collective improvisation — brings his Oh Pulsar...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010
Dave Bryant and Bern Nix

Dave Bryant and Bern Nix

Across Inman Square from the Lily, at Outpost 186, keyboardist Dave Bryant teams up with his old bandmate in Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, guitarist Bern...
By webteam  |  December 01, 2009
Allan Chase + Bruno Raberg

Allan Chase + Bruno Raberg

Our spies at New England Conservatory tell us that one of professor Allan Chase's regular assignments is to write "music for duo," so tonight we'll...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 27, 2009

Jeff Platz + Daniel Carter at Outpost 186

Jeff Platz + Daniel Carter at Outpost 186

Local guitar adventurer Jeff Platz fronts a quartet featuring fearsome New York saxophonist/trumpeter Daniel Carter, bassist Kit Demos, and drummer Johnny McLellan at Outpost 186,...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 08, 2009
Steve Lantner at Outpost 186

Steve Lantner at Outpost 186

Pianist Steve Lantner fronts a quartet of fellow heavy cats from the local scene playing for cheap at Outpost 186: saxophonist Allan Chase, guitarist-turned-bassist Joe...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 17, 2009
Tickle Juice at Outpost 186

Tickle Juice at Outpost 186

That one-man jazz scene, the indefatigable alto-saxophonist and composer James Merenda, gathers the troops for his latest project, Tickle Juice: cornettist Tom Duprey, guitarist Andrew...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 17, 2009
Lola Danza + Eric Hofbauer + Justin Purtil + Nat Mugavero

Lola Danza + Eric Hofbauer + Justin Purtil + Nat Mugavero

Fearless free-jazz vocalist Lola Danza hits Outpost 186 with guitarist Eric Hofbauer, bassist Justin Purtil, and drummer Nat Mugavero | 186-1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge |...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 13, 2009

Rare Frequencies: Cirque de so loud

Over the past few years, former Providence residents MEM1 (Laura and Mark Cetelia) have traveled ext...
By Susanna Bolle  |  May 06, 2009


Museum pieces and other pieces

It's Jazz Week time again — that time when the Boston jazz community looks to expand its minority-appeal music to a larger public.
Jazz Week returns, the Jazz Hall of Fame inducts, Ron Gill says bye
By JON GARELICK  |  April 24, 2009

A comprovisational what?

Local saxophonist and electronic-musician JORRIT DIJKSTRA combines a variety of styles ranging from jazz to electro-acoustic improv and noise to create his own emotive and often idiosyncratic music.
Free jazz at 186; Grizzler at Axiom
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 02, 2009


Another stellar night at the cozy Outpost 186: the STEVE LANTNER QUARTET, with Lantner at the keybo...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 27, 2009


A couple of weeks ago in “Giant Steps” (December 5), we wrote about Ornette-damaged keyboardist Dav...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 17, 2008


There should be some Ornette-quality heat generated when two former Coleman sidemen, keyboardist DAV...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 19, 2008


Unsettling business

Kevin Frenette’s playing is warm yet cerebral, and his music lies in the middleground between avant jazz and free improvisation.  
Kevin Frenette and Ricardo Donoso sound off
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 16, 2008

Badal Roy

We’re not sure how tiny Outpost 186 is going to handle this, but our advice is to get there early. B...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 24, 2008