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Live jazz from John Scofield Trio at the Regattabar

Not long into his encore during the first set at the Regattabar Thursday night, guitarist John Scofield stopped the band, walked across the stage and took the sheet music from Steve Swallow's stand.

By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012

Carla Bley | Carla's Christmas Carols

It's possible to play Christmas carols with humor but not mockery. So, yes, there's a bit of an eggnog buzz in the wah-wah muted horns of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and a soca lilt to "Jingle Bells." But in this case, "humor" means serious-minded b
Watt/ECM (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2009

Interview: Steve Swallow on the Gary Burton Quartet

DO YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU GUYS FIRST GOT TOGETHER? I have a memory. I tend to distrust them, but my recollection is that I met Gary when he called me up and asked me if I would consider playing in Stan Getz's band, which he was already in.
An interview with Steve Swallow
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2009

Inside out

Charlie Kohlhase's love affair with jazz began with the avant-garde. As a high-school kid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he found that it was Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago who rocked his world.
Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, Lee Konitz + Minsarah, and Steve Swallow recanting
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2009

Meet the Beatles!

Swallow says that when he first picked up an electric bass, "My immediate impression was: 'Oh, shit! I'm in deep trouble here!' "
The Gary Burton Quartet remembers its roots
By JON GARELICK  |  June 19, 2009


It's standard operating procedure these days for young jazz bands to mix the free and the formal.
Bad Touch's Magic flow; plus Patricia Barber
By JON GARELICK  |  February 23, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Week in the knees

“Jazz Week,” which runs April 26–May 4, tends to appropriate all events to its needs — if you’re playing, say, your regularly scheduled gig at Matt Murphy’s Pub this week, you’re part of Jazz Week.

Jazz Week kicks out the jams, plus Bley and Zorn

By JON GARELICK  |  April 28, 2008

Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008

Budding groves

More and more, museums are getting into the live-music scene.
Jazz in the clubs — and the museums
By JON GARELICK  |  March 11, 2008

Carla Bley

No one is writing — or playing — more beautiful jazz.
The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu | Watt/ECM
By JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2007


Three in two

The Red Sox were playing the first game of their ALDS with the Angels, but Dominique Eade had a nearly full house.
Dominique, Musillami, and Sco
By JON GARELICK  |  October 10, 2007

Trane, Joyce Dee Dee, Sco, and more

The official kickoff to the season begins with the week of activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert.
A jam-packed season of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007