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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Music Remembrance: Adeus, João Gilberto, Free-Spirited Creator of Bossa Nova by J. R. Carroll

Melhor do que isso só mesmo o silêncio, melhor do que o silêncio só joão (The only thing better than [music] is silence, the only thing better than silence is João)—Caetano Veloso ("…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Jazz Preview: Radio Host Eric Jackson Anchors Jazz Week 2018 by J. R. Carroll

WGBH's Eric Jackson has truly been the voice of jazz in Boston for more than forty years. This year, Boston Jazz Week centers around a celebration of Eric's four decades at the heart of the…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fuse Preview: The 2016 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival by J. R. Carroll

This year's theme, "Jazz: A Peace Supreme," is a bit diffuse—and so is the roster of performers, headlined by drummer Billy Hart and vocalist Al Jarreau.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Fuse Preview: Jazz Festivals in New England Close Out June by J. R. Carroll

With summer having already arrived thermally and due to arrive astronomically early next week, New England offers a geographically diverse menu of jazz festivals to wrap up the month.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fuse Jazz Preview: Southeast by Northwest, the Festival Season Kicks Off this Weekend by J. R. Carroll

From Providence to Burlington by way of Cambridge, the New England jazz festival season is now underway.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jazz Week 2016: New Traditions Take Root by J. R. Carroll

From Roxbury to Mattapan to Beacon Hill to City Hall, new and not-so-new events are becoming annual features of Boston Jazz Week.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fuse Preview: The 2015 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival by J. R. Carroll

From noon to six on Saturday, September 26, Boston’s premier outdoor jazz event, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, returns to Boston’s South End for a fifteenth year.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Fuse Jazz Remembrance: Ornette is Gone, and Musicians Reacted by J. R. Carroll

The profound impact of Ornette Coleman can be seen in the reactions of the music world to his passing.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Festival Preview 2015 by J. R. Carroll

Get your maps and open up your calendar app—it's time to plan your summer of jazz in New England. From big "destination" festivals to underappreciated local gems, there's something for ev…

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Jazz Week 2015: Roxbury Takes Center Stage by J. R. Carroll

Jazz Week 2015 shines a spotlight on the jazz scene—historic and current—in Boston's core African American community of Roxbury (and adjoining Mattapan and Dorchester).

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fuse Jazz Remembrance: You Don’t Know Jack—From Glasgow to New York by J. R. Carroll

"With Cream I and Ginger could play free jazz as a rhythm section, while Eric played the Ornette Coleman role. However, we didn't tell Eric that!"

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fuse Preview: The 2014 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival by J. R. Carroll

Boston's premier outdoor jazz event, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, returns to Boston's South End for a fourteenth year this Saturday, with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington back at the hel…

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Midsummer Festival Update 2014 by J. R. Carroll

Cambridge and Springfield have launched promising new festivals even as some others have dropped by the wayside. Meanwhile, festivals in Northampton, Cambridge (again), Lawrence, and Newton…

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Fuse Television Review: “Silicon Valley” Gets the Algorithm Right by J. R. Carroll

The creator of the series, Mike Judge, and his team have gone to great lengths to sweat the details of the corporate landscape of San Jose and its environs. Right from the start Silicon Val…

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Festival Preview 2014 by J. R. Carroll

The big "destination" jazz festivals are major events, but aficionados making vacation plans will be missing out if they don't at least take a look at the musical offerings of the smaller fe…

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jazz Week 2014: Wall-to-Wall Jazz with No Walls by J. R. Carroll

Jazz Week 2014′s theme of “No Walls: A salute to the power of jazz to bring people together” emphasizes the place of jazz on the world stage.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fuse Music Preview: Navigating the Headwaters of the Third Stream by J. R. Carroll

The NEC Wind Ensemble's celebrates Gunther Schuller, who has written a new work honoring Dave Brubeck for an ensemble very similar to the one he conducted in the 1960 recording of Charles M…

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Fuse Music Preview: Guinga Comes to Berklee by J. R. Carroll

"He's someone who appears only once in a hundred years."—Hermeto Pascoal

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fuse Gallery: BeanTown Scenes by J. R. Carroll

As the festival season draws to a close, a look back at the 2013 BeanTown Jazz Festival.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fuse Preview: The 2013 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival by J. R. Carroll

Boston's biggest outdoor jazz event has more of a local focus his year—hardly a problem, given the wealth of talent connected to Berklee, NEC and other institutions.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Fuse News Autumn 2013 Jazz Festival Update by J. R. Carroll

The 2013 jazz festival season in New England wraps up with events in Lowell, Newton, Boston, Falmouth, Pittsfield and Holyoke.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fuse News Midsummer 2013 Jazz Festival Update by J. R. Carroll

The 2013 jazz festival season is getting into high gear as we head into mid-July. Here are some additions to the summer schedule as well as further details about previously announced events.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fuse News Preview: Jazz Outside the Box—or Hiding in Plain View? by J. R. Carroll

Sometimes what you're searching for is actually right in front of you.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Coming Attractions in Jazz: Festival Preview 2013 by J. R. Carroll

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. Beaches reopen, and the jazz festival season follows close on their heels. Indeed, the first major festival kicks off this Friday…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fuse News Obituaries: Mulgrew Miller and Jean Bach by J. R. Carroll

The jazz world says goodbye to a much-loved pianist and to the documentarian of an iconic photo.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fuse News: Mercury Falls, and Jazz Is Still in the House by J. R. Carroll

The idea of house concerts seems to be getting some legs. The "fabulous world headquarters loft of Accurate Records" again plays host, this time to the eclectic San Francisco band, Mercury …

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Jazz Week 2013: After a tumultuous year, Boston looks ahead by J. R. Carroll

In the wake of the horrors of last week, Jazz Week 2013 comes as almost an act of defiance, an insistence that life will go on in all sectors of the Boston community.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fuse News: NEC Celebrates a Legendary Partnership by J. R. Carroll

Pianist Randy Weston and arranger Melba Liston will be honored in a celebratory concert at the New England Conservatory.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

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

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra turns 40, Mango Blue makes a one-night return, Evan Ziporyn plays Don Byron's new clarinet concerto, drummer Brian Blade arrives with his Fellowship band, and much, m…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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

By J. R. Carroll Friday, February 1: 8 and 10 p.m., Scullers, Roberta Gambarini Tuesday, February 5: 8:30 p.m., Ryles, Bruce Bartlett Trio Wednesday, February 6: 8 p.m., Scullers, Neha Jiwra…

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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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