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Monday, December 31, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: January 2013 by J. R. Carroll

Music with African roots warms the January chill, percussionists raise the roof, vocalist/pianist/songwriter Patricia Barber makes a welcome return, and a sextet of touring all-stars from th…

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: December 2012 by J. R. Carroll

With major clubs closing their doors for private parties, December can be a little thin for mainstream jazz. But if you like to walk on the wild side, this is your month.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Fuse Book Review: The Boston Jazz Chronicles — Indispensible History by J. R. Carroll

Make no mistake: Richard Vacca's "The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places, and Nightlife 1937—1962" is, to quote Joe Biden, a Big Freaking Deal.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: November 2012 by J. R. Carroll

From honors for Boston jazz heroes to many flavors of the "Spanish tinge", it's an eventful month, especially for NEC's 40-year-old Contemporary Improvisation department and the annual John …

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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Autumn Festivals 2012 by J. R. Carroll

From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, and with a major stop in Beantown, Massachusetts is the place to be for the autumn jazz festival season.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: September 2012 by J. R. Carroll

As autumn approaches, Berklee celebrates Ray Charles, NEC kicks off 40th anniversary festivities for its Contemporary Improvisation department, and New England jazz boasts a series of specta…

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Labor Day Weekend 2012 by J. R. Carroll

By J. R. Carroll Even on the Labor Day Weekend, September 2012 gets off to strong start with a Billy Strayhorn tribute in Hyde Park and some special visitors from Brazil. Saturday, September…

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: (late) August 2012 by J. R. Carroll

A rare visit from trumpeter and composing improviser/improvising composer Arthur Brooks, a farewell evening of Ecuadorian fusion by ÑAWI, and trumpeter Brian Lynch's "Unsung Heroes" project…

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Late Summer Festivals 2012 by J. R. Carroll

The tents and stages have come down in Newport, and now the action shifts west to Connecticut, home of the superb Litchfield Jazz Festival. Later in the month, it's party time in Salem, MA …

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: (early) August 2012 by J. R. Carroll

Pianist Laurence Hobgood takes the lead, Rebecca Parris returns to Marblehead, Ritmo Masacote comes to Ryles, NEC brushes up its Shakespeare, and Berklee Summer in the City is … everyw…

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Midsummer Festivals 2012 by J. R. Carroll

The first half of July, dominated by Independence Day festivities, is--fireworks aside--pretty quiet in New England. But then the festival season really kicks into gear.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fuse Update: Sunset for Weeknight Jazz at WGBH by J. R. Carroll

The New Orleans-style funeral for jazz on WGBH radio was an amazing coming-together of musicians from across the spectrum of styles. It was an occasion for mourning the loss of Steve Schwar…

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: July 2012 by J. R. Carroll

In or out of doors, from Inman Square to the coast of Maine, it's a hot July in New England. Sounds of the season--or of any season--abound, including a 25th anniversary celebration for Nat…

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fuse Update: Herding the Cats by J. R. Carroll

Reeling from the impending cutbacks to WGBH's programming, the Boston jazz community is beginning to find its footing in organizing a response. First up, a jazz funeral on the 5th of July.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fuse Update: The Gathering Storm by J. R. Carroll

The year 1962, the terminus of Richard Vacca's new history of Boston jazz, marked an end to an era. Fifty years later, with the cutbacks in jazz programming at WGBH, are we approaching a si…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fuse Commentary: Radio Silence for Boston Jazz? by J. R. Carroll

As many Boston listeners feared, WGBH has put its jazz programming on the road to extinction. What is to be done?

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Early Summer Festivals 2012 by J. R. Carroll

Heading north this weekend? Whether you're traveling all the way to Burlington, VT, or just to the left bank of the Charles, summer 2012's jazz festival season is off to a fine start. Then…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Coming Attractions: Jazz Week 2012 Update by J. R. Carroll

Swarms in the train station! Improv in the library! Video game hits and poetry! Must be Jazz Week--and there's plenty more, including a major CD release by Argentinian bassist Fernando Hu…

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Coming Attractions: Jazz Week 2012 by J. R. Carroll

Jazz songs by composer John Harbison? An ensemble devoted to the music of Björk? A quartet taking over a theatre and breaking the "fourth wall"? Jazz Week 2012 stakes out territory on th…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Spring Preview by J. R. Carroll

A reprise of Fred Hersch's Leaves of Grass highlights the key role of Boston's educational institutions; plus, an abundance of performances celebrating CD releases.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jason Moran Repays It Forward by J. R. Carroll

From James P. Johnson to Thelonious Monk to Jason Moran, inspired mentors carry the past into the future.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Winter Preview by J. R. Carroll

Is it winter? You wouldn't know it by the weather, or by the rich array of jazz performances coming up between now and the end of March.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rivers Ran Deep by J. R. Carroll

It was with great sadness that I learned that on the day after Christmas 2011 pneumonia carried off an underappreciated giant of jazz, saxophonist and composer Sam Rivers. His 88 years took…

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fun Days in the PARC: Remembering Jacob Goldman by J. R. Carroll

How did it come about that a manufacturer of office equipment developed--and then largely abandoned--the first personal computer?

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Goodbyes and Hellos: Remembering Dennis Ritchie by J. R. Carroll

If you're reading this on an iMac, MacBook, iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad, you can thank the late Steve Jobs. But your gratitude should also be extended to another technology giant who passed …

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Fall 2011 Preview by J. R. Carroll

Autumn hasn't officially arrived yet, but the fall season of jazz is already ramping up. First up are Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera, saxophonist Evan Parker, and a tribute to the late Joe …

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Autumn Festivals by J. R. Carroll

This year, for the first time, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival has been selected as a participant in the NEA Jazz Masters Live program, and, accordingly, they've built a weekend around the resi…

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