Doug Hall, Author at ArtSparksMusic
  • George Wein: A Life And Legend In Jazz

    Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role...

  • Montréal Jazz Festival Ignites With a Summer Extravaganza of Music

    In a recent conversation, André Ménard, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, gives an overview of the breadth and scale of the outdoor and indoor venues and range of musicians (over 3,000) and concert choices (over 650) during a 10-day run from June...

  • BLO Brings Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti into the 1960’s Nightclub Era

    This spring the Boston Lyric Opera brings its season to a close with a premiere pairing of two Leonard Bernstein one-act operas: Trouble in Tahiti (1952) and Arias and Barcarolles (1988). The music itself is enough to grab your attention with the “B” name association, but BLO has an added element of surprise...

  • Boston’s New England Conservatory Celebrates: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer

    The on-going celebration of New England Conservatory’s 150th anniversary brought well deserved attention to the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments for the 2017-2018 performance season. On March 1st, at Jordan Hall, NEC presented a very special tribute celebration to the legacy of Bob Brookmeyer, the legendary jazz musician...

  • Boston’s ICA exhibit takes on the internet as art form

    When you think of the internet, you generally take for granted that it’s mostly a tool for your own personal or professional use, with all the bells and whistles. But when you dig below that surface, and start to explore beyond the technology, as stated by Barbara Lee, Chief...

  • Grace Kelly: Free From Boundaries

    If you look at all the accomplishments of musical prodigy Grace Kelly, (acclaimed jazz saxophonist, singer, entertainer, songwriter and composer) it doesn’t immediately register that that she is just 25 years old. With a resume that includes a CD release (Dreaming in 2005) at 12, a special guest artist...

  • Arlo Guthrie Continues His Family’s Legacy With His Re:Generation Tour

    Anyone familiar with the roots of American folk music, would instantly recognize the opening lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” (1944) by Woody Guthrie – the father of folk music and singer, writer, traveling troubadour, political protester, people’s poet and philosopher for the forgotten, down trodden and marginal...

  • The Yoko Miwa Trio

    The Yoko Miwa Trio Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2017 8pm Inside Scullers’ new smaller jazz nightclub downstairs, with its dark wood interior and low light, it would be quiet except for the wonderfully energized and spirited enthusiasm that internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Yoko Miwa...

  • MATT WILSON RELEASES ‘HONEY & SALT’

    It’s not often that a musician can find inspiration in his favorite poet, compose a moving palette of jazz interpretations, while also sharing a distant relationship on the very same family tree. Jazz musician, drummer, composer and band leader Matt Wilson can make just that claim, read more….

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