Doug Hall, Author at ArtSparksMusic
  • Pat Metheny invigorates with new younger quartet

    On a very special night at the intimate and newly renovated 1920s Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA., a sold-out performance was delivered by extraordinary jazz virtuoso, musician, composer and phenomenal guitarist, Pat Metheny. A highly respected musician among his peers and now a veteran, having received all accolades including 20 Grammy...

  • Jean-Luc Ponty At The Cabot

    A perfect match was found between the intimate setting at the Cabot’s newly renovated 850 seat, former 1920’s art-deco period theater in Beverly, Ma. and the soaring, melodic and mesmerizing sounds of masterful electronic jazz-rock French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. The venue offered the perfect fit….Read More

  • Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

    This year’s Newport Jazz Festival highlighted an incredibly diverse selection of women performers and women ensemble groups. The festival’s founder George Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine” (March, 2018), was very direct in his statement about the “sophisticated ladies” in jazz: “As I look back more than 70...

  • 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...

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