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Newport Jazz Festival 2012

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


Christian aTunde Adjuah Scott takes issue

No identity crisis
Since one of the first times I heard Christian Scott — at Sweet Lorraine's in New Orleans — he's always had an edge.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 07, 2012


Pat Metheny's Unity Band

All is One
Pat Metheny's career has in a sense been defined by his omnivorous curiosity.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 27, 2012


Jazz death at ’GBH

Gone, gone, gone
"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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 12, 2012


Tom Wetmore plays his band

Composer’s desire
Tom Wetmore's new The Desired Effect (Crosstown) is both tantalizingly familiar and utterly strange.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 10, 2012


Duke Robillard and Surface to Air work the tradition

Easy listening
It all comes from somewhere.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 26, 2012

Theo Bleckmann takes on Kate Bush

Role playing
It's easy to inflate an artist's reputation with words like "visionary," but in the case of Theo Bleckmann, it's apt.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 11, 2012


Dr. John at the Paradise

ID Check
One of the things I've always liked about Dr. John is his ability to turn any music he touches into his own — Duke Ellington, Tin Pan Alley, Howlin' Wolf Blues.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 08, 2012


Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman at the Paradise

International sounds of love
I was hoping for cross-cultural pandemonium at the Paradise's double-bill of Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman, and the two-hour show left me mostly satisfied.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 05, 2012


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

Wild things
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.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 31, 2012


The Fringe at 40

Sophisticated primitives
"I'm feeling a little light-headed," George Garzone told the audience last Saturday at the Boston Conservatory Theater, closing his eyes and bringing a hand to his brow.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 15, 2012


The 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Notes
New Orleans Notes
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 04, 2012


Esperanza Spalding’s “Society”

Charmed agenda
The first time I was knocked out by Esperanza Spalding, she wasn't even playing — she was talking.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 18, 2012


Walt Whitman via Fred Hersch

A new "Song of Myself"
The pianist and composer Fred Hersch first encountered the poetry of Walt Whitman as a student at New England Conservatory in 1976.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 19, 2012


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

Tepfer’s Bach
Jazz and Bach have always made good company.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 19, 2012


Kate McGarry makes a feminist move on the standards songbook

In her own time
On a first listen to Kate McGarry's new Girl Talk (Palmetto), you might not suspect any special agenda — this is simply the kind of original, heartfelt treatment of a well-chosen mix of songs that the singer has led us to expect in her half dozen releases over the past decade. But listen again.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 10, 2012

The Borgias TV

Review: Showtime’s The Borgias

Blood oaths
The second season of The Borgias (Sunday at 9 pm, Showtime) enters a crowded Sunday night field: HBO's Game of Thrones , AMC's Mad Men , even AMC's much discredited The Killing .
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2012


Billy Hart’s ongoing education

Billy Hart still remembers his first drum "lesson."
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 21, 2012


Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces

Morning after
"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 21, 2012


New discs, new shows

Spring leaves
This season is chock full of jazz goodies.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 28, 2012


Poemjazz is for real, man!

Dig it!
Listen: Robert Pinsky's PoemJazz .
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 22, 2012

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