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The education of Grace Kelly
Legendary 79-year-old alto-saxophonist Phil Woods laughs indignantly when I ask him how he knew 18-year-old alto-saxophonist Grace Kelly was special. "Come on, when you hear it, you know what it is! I've been doing this for 65 years!" Pressed for partic
| January 21, 2011
Joe Lovano Us Five | Bird Songs
It's worth taking Lovano's word that this is not a Charlie Parker "tribute" album.
Blue Note (2011)
| January 14, 2011
In 'The Tradition'
In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
| June 11, 2010
For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
| May 21, 2010
Review: Sonny Rollins at Symphony Hall
The lines were around the block for will-call and walk-up ticket purchases at Symphony Hall Sunday night — causing the show to start a half hour after its advertised curtain time. The place was nearly full, the mood celebratory. All good to see in a dow
Sonny Rollins, live at Symphony Hall, April 18, 2010
| April 23, 2010
PHOTOS: Sonny Rollins at Symphony Hall, April 18, 2010
All pictures ©Eric Antoniou READ: Jon Garelick's review of Sonny Rollins show
| April 20, 2010
The onliest Sonny
Sonny Rollins has held the unofficial title of world’s greatest living improviser at least since the early ’70s, following the death of John Coltrane and the second of two extended Rollins sabbaticals from public performance.
Rollins looks at 80
| April 09, 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 (bso.org). 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
| March 12, 2010
Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
| June 05, 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
| April 24, 2009
Review: Joshua Redman's Compass
Redman's previous CD, 2007's Back East , was front-loaded with high-concept expectations.
| January 12, 2009
10 pop and jazz discs you need
| December 23, 2008
Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps
| December 22, 2008
Fourth quarter earnings
Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
| December 16, 2008
Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
| November 03, 2008
State of the art
You could find just about any kind of jazz you wanted on the three stages at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport last weekend.
Newport's Jazz ID check
| August 12, 2008
Fred Woodard graduated from Berklee in 1983 — and that’s when he really started to go to school.
Fred Woodard’s post-grad life, plus ‘KGBG’ at the Lily Pad
| June 17, 2008
When Jacko was king
Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
| February 26, 2008
The long view
Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
| January 29, 2008
Live and kicking
Yes, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches when it come to live music here in the Boston area.
Live reviews: 2007 in review
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 17, 2007
Holy spirit of the saxophone
John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
| September 12, 2007
Fathers and son
It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
| May 01, 2007
In jazz, it’s always the iron age.
JazzBoston boosts the scene with Jazz Week
| April 18, 2007
Sonny Rollins has said that when he plays long solos, it isn’t necessarily because he’s inspired but because he’s looking for inspiration.
Sonny Rollins, Symphony Hall, April 6, 2007
| April 09, 2007
Brothers and other mothers
The single hottest ticket among jazz fans this season will be for the Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau Quartet.
Jazz in concerts and clubs
| March 13, 2007
The 2005 release Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert (Milestone) documented a historic occasion: Rollins’s Boston concert at Berklee, four days after the World Trade Center attacks.
Sonny, Please | Doxy
| January 08, 2007
Every year the box sets reshuffle jazz history.
Box sets and jazz history
| December 12, 2006
Flashbacks: November 24, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
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| November 21, 2006
Summer lasts forever
Mitch Alden, frontman and songwriter for Now Is Now, is by all appearances a very happy guy.
Now Is Now issue another disc full of sun-shiny pop
| October 25, 2006
Portland scene report, April 14, 2006
Dead Season gets slick promo; Seekonk's CD release; LaMontagne's work hits the big stage; Curtis/Erelli get high praise
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| April 12, 2006
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