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  • 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...

  • 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….

  • What To Look Out For at This Year’s 63rd Annual Newport Jazz Festival

    The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. Under new artistic directorship Read more….

  • Review: The Jazz & Blues Art Box

    The roots of jazz — according to sources such as scholars, musicians and jazz aficionados — derive from a “union of African and European music.” Connecting the American origins of the birth of jazz music dates back to New Orleans about 100 years ago — and its most important...

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