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Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet at the Regattabar

Sometimes it takes a few minutes for me to adjust to Kurt Rosenwinkel.

By JON GARELICK  |  March 08, 2013

Ran Blake & Dominique Eade at Scullers

Most virtuosos leave you scratching your head asking, "How did he play that?"

By JON GARELICK  |  March 01, 2013

Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o) at the Regattabar

Jazz composers don't put together octets to be loud; they do it because they're thinking orchestrally — varied colors and voicings, and in the case of Pablo Ablanedo's Octet(o), contrary rhythmic motions.

By JON GARELICK  |  February 15, 2013

Patricia Barber at the Regattabar

Patricia Barber is back. The 57-year-old singer, songwriter, and pianist emerged from her home base of Chicago in the early ’90s with a string of recordings that established her equally in all three categories.

By JON GARELICK  |  February 08, 2013

''Baritone Madness'' at Scullers

Scullers booker Fred Taylor called the “Baritone Madness” show at the club Thursday night “a real put-together.”

By JON GARELICK  |  February 01, 2013

Head turners: Jazz acts of 2012

In a year in which WGBH-FM gutted its jazz programming and the Atlantic took the predictable broadside swipe at the health of the genre, there were signs of vibrant life everywhere.

By JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2012


Too hot to handle: This winter's jazz concerts

It's tough enough that there are several rescheduled events that were pushed into the new year by Hurricane Sandy and other factors, but how to squeeze everything else into a list of 10? Mark your calendars.

By JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2012

'Rebirth of Third Stream' at NEC: playing in the cracks

A definition of the term Third Stream probably comes best by way of illustration: a teacher known for his jazz and klezmer background coaching a progressive bluegrass band by telling them to listen to a late-Beethoven string quartet.

By JON GARELICK  |  November 23, 2012

Dave Douglas Quintet + Aoife O'Donovan at the Regattabar

Dave Douglas told the audience at the Regattabar that the inspiration for his new album, Be Still (Greenleaf), was a challenge from his mother before she died in 2011 — a list of hymns she wanted him to play.

By JON GARELICK  |  November 16, 2012

What's F'n Next? Poliça

Poliça have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — and it was one of their first shows ever.

By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 05, 2012

Live jazz from Joe Lovano, Eric Hofbauer, and Taylor Ho Bynum

Is there a more buoyant personality in jazz than Joe Lovano?

By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012


Fall jazz preview

The former day of celebration has now grown to encompass one long weekend that includes ticketed club and concert events.
Bean bags
By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012

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

The church, R&B, country, jazz, and Ray Charles

Pan-stylistic fiddler and Berklee professor Matt Glaser was trying to come up with a selling point for his bosses at school on an idea for his American Roots Program — a symposium on blues, country music, and jazz.
Ultimate fusion
By JON GARELICK  |  September 07, 2012

Christian aTunde Adjuah Scott takes issue

Since one of the first times I heard Christian Scott — at Sweet Lorraine's in New Orleans — he's always had an edge.
No identity crisis
By JON GARELICK  |  August 10, 2012

Jazz isn't dead

Regarding your report on the end of jazz programming at WGBH ("Gone, gone, gone," Arts and Entertainment, July 13), jazz isn't dead.
Letters to the Boston editors, August 10, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 10, 2012


Photos: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

The Newport Jazz Festival 2012 takes over the Fort Adams State Park in Newport RI on August 3-5, 2012.
Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI | August 3-5, 2012
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 10, 2012

Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Every year the Newport Jazz Festival confronts with the same dilemma: how to objectively judge music presented under such variable conditions.
Too hot to cover
By JON GARELICK  |  August 10, 2012

Ten best bets at the Newport Jazz Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival has been on a roll these last few years, blending the commercial clout of big names with the creative cred of adventurous newcomers.
High notes
By JIM MACNIE  |  August 03, 2012

Pat Metheny's Unity Band

Pat Metheny's career has in a sense been defined by his omnivorous curiosity.
All is One
By JON GARELICK  |  July 27, 2012
Micachu & The Shapes -- Never

Micachu & The Shapes | Never

Like her stylistic sista Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Micachu's Mica Levi makes pixelated, abstract anti-pop that sounds like marionettes jamming in an aluminum factory.
Rough Trade (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 20, 2012


Tom Wetmore plays his band

Tom Wetmore's new The Desired Effect (Crosstown) is both tantalizingly familiar and utterly strange.
Composer’s desire
By JON GARELICK  |  July 13, 2012

Jazz death at ’GBH

"I don't know if we made a difference, but we had a hell of time," said Ken Field at the "WGBH Jazz Funeral" last week. True dat, Ken.
Gone, gone, gone
By JON GARELICK  |  July 13, 2012

Duke Robillard and Surface to Air work the tradition

It all comes from somewhere.
Easy listening
By JON GARELICK  |  June 29, 2012

Photos: Dr. John at the Paradise Rock Club

Dr. John performs live at the Paradise Rock Club on June 6, 2012.
June 6, 2012
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  June 08, 2012

Mary Halverson's enchanted wood; Plus, Ben Powell's new CD

When guitarist Mary Halvorson began taking lessons with Joe Morris as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, she was excited about the prospect of playing duos with one of her guitar heroes.
Wild things
By JON GARELICK  |  June 01, 2012


Review: Thelonious Monkfish

The name bit flipped all the cats and kitties and the squares and the cubes, but it ends up jive; don't jibe with the vibe.
Sure-handed sushi, all jazzed up
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 18, 2012

Photos: New Orleans Jazz Festival 2012

The New Orleans Jazz Fest, from April 27–May 6, 2012.
April 27–May 6, 2012
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  May 11, 2012

Esperanza Spalding’s “Society”

The first time I was knocked out by Esperanza Spalding, she wasn't even playing — she was talking.
Charmed agenda
By JON GARELICK  |  April 20, 2012

Jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer would take on The Goldberg Variations

Jazz and Bach have always made good company.
Tepfer’s Bach
By JON GARELICK  |  April 20, 2012