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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

Fred Hersch Trio at Scullers

Fred Hersch's output as a composer includes an orchestrated setting of poems from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass as well as other art-song fare for singers.

By JON GARELICK  |  March 01, 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

Dominique Eade at Scullers

"I'm discontented with homes that I've rented/so I have invented my own," sang Dominque Eade slowly, over a simple bass accompaniment.
All about transparency
By JON GARELICK  |  February 10, 2012

Marissa and Charles Licata at Scullers

I can't remember the last time I saw a costume change in the middle of a jazz show — if ever — but violinist Marissa Licata's performance with her father, saxophonist Charles Licata, and their band held all kinds of surprises.
Full of surprises
By JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2012

Ed Reed sings it his way

It's almost cliché to describe the sound of a veteran jazz singer as "lived in."
Life stories
By JON GARELICK  |  January 13, 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

Yoko Miwa's life cycles

When she was a 16-year-old piano student in her hometown of Kobe, Japan, Yoko Miwa decided it was time to see if she had what it takes.
ID check
By JON GARELICK  |  November 11, 2011

The top 10 jazz events in town this fall

As usual, there's too much to choose from. Here are some highlights.
Starting with the Beantown Jazz Festival, ensembles large and small mix it up
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011

Magos Herrera's cool moves

We like to say that live performance adds another dimension to music.
The Mexican jazz singer comes to Scullers
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011

Gerry Beaudoin 'returns' with Harry Allen

My first encounter with guitarist Gerry Beaudoin was as a fellow judge at a long-ago battle of the blues bands at Harpers Ferry. The night had been kind of a slog, and after three bands, Beaudoin — who'd been withholding comment all night looked at me a
History lessons
By JON GARELICK  |  September 02, 2011

jazz supergroup The Cookers in Boston

The Cookers' book

When does a one-off gimmick turn into a "real" band? On the face of it, the Cookers, who come to Scullers next Thursday, June 16, could easily have become a gimmick that outlived its usefulness — a handful of wily veterans egged on by a couple of younger
A "supergroup" maintains the standard
By JON GARELICK  |  June 10, 2011
JCA orchestra performs during Jazz week in Boston

Eric Jackson and Jazz Week

When he headed for BU from his home town of Camden, New Jersey, in 1968, Eric Jackson thought his ultimate destination was medical school and a career in psychiatry. But as a jazz fan from an early age — and the son of a fairly renowned jazz DJ — he foun
Good waves
By JON GARELICK  |  April 29, 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
Jason Palmer

Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Dan Tepfer, Jason Palmer, and Donny McCaslin front a busy week

Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Dan Tepfer, Jason Palmer, and Donny McCaslin front a busy week
Pleasures, simple and otherwise
By JON GARELICK  |  March 04, 2011

Young and not so old

Noah Preminger is 25 years old. But close your eyes when he's playing - or talking - and you might think you're hearing a gruff jazz sage with 40 years on the road.
Noah Preminger is effin great; plus, dynamic duos live
By JON GARELICK  |  February 18, 2011


The education of Grace Kelly

Legendary 79-year-old alto-saxophonist Phil Woods laughs indignantly when I ask him how he knew 18-year-old alto-saxophonist Grace Kelly was special. "Come on, when you hear it, you know what it is! I've been doing this for 65 years!" Pressed for partic
Hat tricks
By JON GARELICK  |  January 21, 2011

Esperanza and Kenny

Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
By JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 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
Dave Liebman at Scullers

Dave Liebman at Scullers

The ferociously committed saxophonist and educator Dave Liebman comes to Boston for an all-too-rare visit. Berklee kids: listen, learn, and perhaps consider a different line...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 16, 2010
John Ellis & Double-Wide at Scullers

John Ellis & Double-Wide at Scullers

Is there such a thing as a minimalist second line? If so, John Ellis & Double-Wide have the market cornered. Reedman Ellis (formerly with Charlie...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 04, 2010

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at Scullers

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at Scullers

At last year's Newport Jazz Festival, young Cuban expat pianist Alfredo Rodriguez was the only solo performer. On the intimate Waterside Stage, he fashioned études...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 30, 2010
Godfathers of Groove at Scullers

Godfathers of Groove at Scullers

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - "the world's most recorded drummer," and the inventor of the "Purdie shuffle," which, by his own count, he's played on more...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 28, 2010

Secret master

Scratch below the surface of any number of hard-playing jazz musicians these days and you hear a common refrain: "I hardly ever listen to jazz."
David Binney's many faces
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2010
George Coleman at Scullers

George Coleman at Scullers

The great Memphis tenor-saxophonist George Coleman comes into Scullers for the weekend with an outstanding quartet that includes fellow Memphian Harold Mabern on piano, Holyoke-born...
By webteam  |  July 21, 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

Soul Queen Irma Thomas at Scullers

Soul Queen Irma Thomas at Scullers

The "Soul Queen of New Orleans," Irma Thomas, sang her deathless "It's Raining" over the closing credits of a recent episode of Treme. You can...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
Robin McKelle at Scullers

Robin McKelle at Scullers

Singer Robin McKelle originally caught our attention with her authoritative takes on the swing/big-band vocal repertoire. Her new Mess Around (Koch) finds her digging deeper...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
Quartet of Happiness at Scullers

Quartet of Happiness at Scullers

Madcap theatrical jazz ensemble Quartet of Happiness (profiled in "Giant Steps" in the April 23 Phoenix) launch their "Music Smiles" outreach foundation for schools with...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010
Pat Martino at Scullers

Pat Martino at Scullers

One of the deans of jazz guitar, Pat Martino (predating Metheny, Scofield, and Frisell by a generation) brings his tough, linear funk and finesse to...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010