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Live Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at Berklee

Sometimes the Wayne Shorter Quartet's willingness to be open to process doesn't leave much of an impression in terms of final product. That was the case Tuesday night at the Berklee Performance Center, where the band were playing their first Boston gig s
Wayne Shorter Quartet performed at Berklee Performance Center on February 8
By JON GARELICK  |  February 11, 2011

Does jazz have a melody problem?

It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.  
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
By JON GARELICK  |  June 04, 2010

Making it sing

If you come to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new Billie Holiday tribute disc — or to her two Holiday shows at the Paramount Theatre this weekend — expecting a reverent impersonation, you could be in for a shock. Bridgewater has transformed the music and persona
Dee Dee does Billie, plus John Stein & Ron Gill
By JON GARELICK  |  March 26, 2010

Lionel Loueke | Mwaliko

Benin-born, Paris-and-Berklee-educated guitarist Loueke knows how to cover a lot of ground and make it all sound of a piece.
Blue Note (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  February 19, 2010

2009: The year in jazz

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and concerts I wrote about in 2009.
In and out
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009

Miles Davis | The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Given the consensus that the CD era is drawing to a close, labels have begun to look increasingly toward the well-heeled — those who not only still buy their music on something they can hold but aren't averse to buying it in supersized, extravagant con
Columbia/Legacy (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 11, 2009


Live and on record

To call Darius Jones’s music avant-garde seems almost beside the point. In its way, it’s older than old — it’s ancient.
Darius Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Ben Goldberg’s Go Home
By JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2009

Teachers and students

Several of this fall's promising jazz performances are clustered around the week of October 18. That marks the 40th-anniversary celebration of the jazz-studies program at New England Conservatory, which, created by Gunther Schuller, established NEC as
NEC and Berklee set the jazz stage
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009

Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009

Tours of duty

Clifford and Bang will celebrate Memorial Day weekend together at Highland Kitchen in Somerville this Sunday in a program called "Basic Training: An Evening of Art, Music, and Poetry."
John Clifford and Billy Bang's Vietnam; plus Icons Among Us and bye-bye Jazz Brunch
By JON GARELICK  |  May 22, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008


Alone together

How can a jazz band play no swing rhythms, no grooves, and, really, no songs, and hold 1200 people rapt for an hour and 25 minutes, with virtually no breaks in the music?
Wayne Shorter Quartet, Berklee Performance Center, December 3, 2008
By JON GARELICK  |  December 05, 2008

Close readings

The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
By JON GARELICK  |  November 18, 2008

Good fellows

The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008

Going on sale: October 10, 2008

Caithlin De Marrais, Darker My Love, Wayne Shorter and others
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 08, 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


Getting it live

Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 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

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
By JON GARELICK  |  August 12, 2008


Talking with Nathaniel Facey, the alto-saxophonist in the London band Empirical, you find it difficult at first to pin down where and how the quintet developed their unusual compositional style.
Empirical go to the movies, plus the Hot 8
By JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2008

Destination out

In a town bursting with young musical talent, Leo Genovese might be the most explosive.
Leo Genovese tries to play what he doesn’t know; plus David Torn’s Prezens
By JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 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

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
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008

Listen up

It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 18, 2007

Skimming the cream

Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007

Voice choices

Julie Hardy and Stacey Kent come at jazz singing from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Stacey Kent and Julie Hardy find two different ways to make singing swing
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2007


Planet Safety

Do they have volcanoes in Argentina?
Soul Note
By JON GARELICK  |  November 13, 2007

Herbie Hancock

Herbie isn’t fooling around — the guest stars are here, yes, but Hancock is stretching out, with languid, meditative takes on the Mitchell songbook.
River: The Joni Letters | Verve
By JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007

Three for the road

Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
By JON GARELICK  |  August 21, 2007

Fathers and son

It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
By JON GARELICK  |  May 01, 2007