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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

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

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

Michael Formanek Quartet at the Regattabar

The music of the Michael Formanek Quartet offers the listener a kind of tough love.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 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

Theo Bleckmann takes on Kate Bush

It's easy to inflate an artist's reputation with words like "visionary," but in the case of Theo Bleckmann, it's apt.
Role playing
By JON GARELICK  |  June 15, 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

Billy Hart’s ongoing education

Billy Hart still remembers his first drum "lesson."
By JON GARELICK  |  March 23, 2012

Poemjazz is for real, man!

Listen: Robert Pinsky's PoemJazz .
Dig it!
By JON GARELICK  |  February 24, 2012
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


More jazz to catch live

Here are just a few upcoming jazz events that should be on your calendar.
Mark your calendars
By JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2011

The Ghost Train Orchestra makes a whistle stop

If part of what's grabbed you about HBO's Boardwalk Empire is the music, then you owe it to yourself to get over to the Regattabar on October 18 to catch Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra.
Drink up!
By JON GARELICK  |  October 14, 2011
farinacci list

Dominick Farinacci's hometown arias

Farinacci releases the new, romantically-themed Dawn of Goodbye (E1) on July 26 and comes to the Regattabar on August 3.
Hello Cleveland!
By JON GARELICK  |  July 22, 2011
Assaf Kehati - Flowers and Other Stories

Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011
Assaf Kehati - Flowers and Other Stories

Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011

The Week In Geek! May 16-23: Rapture Week!

This week: Judgment Day looms, the weather sucks, and philosophical debate fuels my obsession with impermanence. Parties and festivals abound, I still can't help but...
By Alec Ernest  |  May 16, 2011
May 20 | Garage a Trois at the Regattabar

May 20 | Garage a Trois at the Regattabar

  In music, stage names are important: they set the tone (pun intended) for what to expect and forge strong associations. This explains our collective...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 16, 2011
jazz flutist kudina

Ilona Kudina, Gretchen Parlato, and Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet

Although Ilona Kudina is a flutist, I'm hesitant to call her new Nothing But Illusion a wonderful jazz-flute CD, because it's really just a wonderful jazz album.
Magic flute and more
By JON GARELICK  |  April 01, 2011

[live review] Dan Tepfer Trio @ the Regattabar

After three songs at the Regattabar with his trio on March 16, Dan Tepfer introduced the next number as “the only tune that really swings...
By Jon Garelick  |  March 24, 2011

After the rain with Charles Lloyd

The voice — a rolling, unhurried drawl with a laugh in it — is that of Charles Lloyd, 72 years old, saxophonist, early career star, temporary recluse, lifelong mystic seeker.
Tenderness sutras
By JON GARELICK  |  January 07, 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

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

Video Exclusive: Either/Orchestra, “The (One of a Kind) Shimmy”

After a decade dominated by their explorations of Ethiopian jazz, the Either/Orchestra have returned on Mood Music for Time Travellers (Accurate), their first album in...
By Jon Garelick  |  September 03, 2010
Musaner at Regattabar

Musaner at Regattabar

For the past couple of years, pianist/composer Ara Sarkissian's Musaner have been combining the harmonies and textures of jazz with Armenian folk melodies and dance...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 31, 2010
Joe Louis Walker at Regattabar

Joe Louis Walker at Regattabar

Fiery 60-year-old blues-guitarist/singer Joe Louis Walker joins forces with "young upstart" six-stringer Murali Coryell (40, son of Larry) and a crack local rhythm section -...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 18, 2010

Beausoleil at Regattabar

Beausoleil at Regattabar

The Cajun-music revival pretty much started with brothers Michael and David Doucet and BeauSoleil. This sextet are still arguably the best at spinning the indigenous...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 11, 2010
Meters Experience at Regattabar

Meters Experience at Regattabar

It's called the Meters Experience, and that's good enough for us: guitarist Leo Nocentelli of the aforementioned NOLA funk gods fronting a trio with bassist...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 11, 2010
Curubande at Regattabar

Curubande at Regattabar

Costa Rican conguero and vocalist Manolo Mairena has been the sparkplug for several esteemed Boston bands, among them Mango Blue and La Clave Secreta. He...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 28, 2010
Minsarah at Regattabar

Minsarah at Regattabar

Over the past couple of years, the trio Minsarah have achieved the distinction of being the great Lee Konitz's only regular working band in memory...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 28, 2010