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Dead Cat Bounce's many meanings

It's never easy to say what a piece of instrumental music "means." So composers give us titles and program notes and, when they get desperate, lyrics.
Wordless stories
By JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011
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Paul Lieberman's Brazilian accent

How did a middle-class Jewish kid from New Jersey become a first-call session musician in Rio de Janeiro?
By JON GARELICK  |  August 19, 2011

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

One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
Anne Walsh at Ryles

Anne Walsh at Ryles

Worcester-born singer Anne Walsh received a Grammy nomination for her version of Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night" from her 2009 CD Pretty...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
Björn Wennås and Carmen Marsico's BC Quintet at Ryles

Björn Wennås and Carmen Marsico's BC Quintet at Ryles

Guitarist/composer Björn Wennås and singer Carmen Marsico are best known these days for their work with the popular Italian-folk group Newpoli, but most of us...
By webteam  |  June 16, 2010

Daniel Bennett Group at Ryles

Daniel Bennett Group at Ryles

The Daniel Bennett Group — who were profiled in the June 4 “Giant Steps” — bring their folk-jazz-minimalist flow to Ryles, with leader Bennett on...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010
Phil Sargent at Ryles

Phil Sargent at Ryles

Guitarist Phil Sargent — whom Jon Garelick wrote about in the June 4 “Giant Steps” — brings his smokin’ jazz-rock combo, with singer Aubrey Johnson, bassist...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010

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
Nando Michelin's tribute to Mario Benedetti

Nando Michelin's tribute to Mario Benedetti

One of the best pianists and composers in town, Nando Michelin unveils a new project - a tribute to his countryman the esteemed Uruguayan poet...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010

Pardon the interruption

Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
By JON GARELICK  |  April 23, 2010

Judi Silvano & Friends at Ryles

Judi Silvano & Friends at Ryles

The wonderful experimental singer Judi Silvano brings her “& Friends” — in this case, pianist John Funkhouser, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Yoron Israel, and husband Joe Lovano — to...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010

Message points

Instrumental music isn't very dependable at conveying specific non-musical subject matter.
Christian Scott's political science, Anita Coelho's connections
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 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 ( 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
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010
Choros Com Chocolate + La Tuza

Choros Com Chocolate + La Tuza

A nifty double bill of folkloric Mexican and Brazilian dance music tonight at Ryles. Choros Com Chocolate gather some of the most versatile jazz and...
By Jason OBryan  |  December 08, 2009
Nando Michelin

Nando Michelin

The excellent Uruguayan-Boston pianist and composer Nando Michelin celebrates the release of his latest CD, Reencontro, with singer and trumpeter Leala Cyr Vogt, bassist Keala...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 27, 2009

Florencia Gonzalez and her 20-piece Big Band

Florencia Gonzalez and her 20-piece Big Band

And, in case you missed our other recent hectoring, Uruguayan-Boston saxophonist/composer Florencia Gonzalez brings her exciting 20-piece big band - matching candombe rhythms, folk melodies,...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 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

Street rhythm

In the city where Florencia Gonzalez grew up — the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo — every neighborhood has its own candombe group. These are drum outfits that might meet on a Sunday afternoon, a Wednesday night, or particular holidays, depending on neig
Florencia Gonzalez gets ugly . Plus, Dave Holland is sitting pretty.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 28, 2009

The Fully Celebrated | Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones

After two albums with cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, and now dropping "Orchestra" from their name, this venerable Boston avant-garde street band are again a trio — and they're still a virtuoso ensemble.
AUM Fidelity (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  May 22, 2009
Ryles Jazz Orchestra

Ryles Jazz Orchestra

The mighty Ryles Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of trumpeter Frank Vadaros, celebrates its 1...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 14, 2009

Florencia Gonzalez

Florencia Gonzalez

Uruguayan saxophonist and composer Florencia Gonzalez — a 2007 Berklee grad, natch — brings her e...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 08, 2009
Felipe Salles

Felipe Salles

 The superb Brazilian saxophonist and composer Felipe Salles celebrates the release of his new...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 01, 2009

DIY and more

Jazz acts up
Regattabar, Scullers, Creative Nation Music's fifth-anniversary celebration and more
By JON GARELICK  |  March 16, 2009
Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto

Heavy-cat multi-instrumentalist Jovino Santos Neto — for years a running buddy with the legendary...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 03, 2009
Gypsy Schaeffer

Gypsy Schaeffer

Mingus-inspired Boston quartet Gypsy Schaeffer celebrate the release of a new CD at Ryles, 212 Ha...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 03, 2009


Thank heavens for World Music Wednesdays at Ryles — how else would we know about MUSANER? Led by pi...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 27, 2009


The free-bopping MARK ZALESKI QUINTET — with the leader on alto and soprano sax and brother Glenn Z...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 14, 2009


Long one of the most creative musicians on the local scene, flutist/electronics wizard HIRO HONSHUKU...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 10, 2008

Marc Rossi Group | Hidden Mandala

Despite the title and the presence of Indian singer Geetha Bennett and Carnactic guitarist Prasanna, Indo-jazz fusion is merely a unifying design for composer/pianist Marc Rossi’s broad skills and interests.
Gravity Records (2008)
By JON GARELICK  |  November 24, 2008