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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?
Bilingual
By JON GARELICK  |  August 19, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 (bso.org). 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
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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
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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
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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
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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


ARMENIA IN THE SKY: MUSANER + PAUL ERLICH AND GARO PAPAZIAN


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

HOT HORNS: MARK ZALESKI QUINTET


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

JAZZ LORDS A-LEAPING: HIRO HONSHUKU


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