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  • Pat Metheny w/ Larry Grenadier

    published September 28, 2011

    Guitarist Metheny has been sating his sentimental side as of late, his latest disc trafficking in luminous solo spins through the old favs like... More >>

  • Kenny Wheeler Quintet

    published September 28, 2011

    The Festival of New Trumpet celebrates the sage brass player with the luminous sound and the reliable inspiration. This week the octogenarian does... More >>

  • 'Butch Morris Conducts the Lucky Cheng Orchestra'

    published September 28, 2011

    Everything leans toward on the exotic side at the renowned drag queen eatery, so Morris’s vivid abstract improves be a good fit. The... More >>

  • Marcus Strickland

    published September 14, 2011

    It's all about potency with saxophonist Strickland, whose combination of gravitas and groove often proffers a Joe Lewis punch. The new Triumph... More >>

  • Dave Liebman & Sam Newsome

    published September 14, 2011

    Although Ideal Bread made a name for themselves spinning on the late Steve Lacy's idiosyncratic songbook, they aren’t the only ones... More >>

  • Gerald Wilson

    published September 14, 2011

    Over the past few weeks, the Generations in Jazz Festival has been taking up much of this club's schedule, but shows like tonight’s, in which... More >>

  • Mike Pride's Bacteria to Boys

    published September 7, 2011

    This mighty drummer’s quartet has proved itself skilled at meshing rock beats and power swing without shortchanging either side of the... More >>

  • Gary Burton New Quartet

    published September 7, 2011

    For this vibraphonist and veteran bandleader, blending the whimsical and the weighty is old hat; he’s been bringing his singular elan to... More >>

  • Vijay Iyer Trio

    published September 7, 2011

    The celebrated pianist’s working trio is a modern jazz marvel, waxing poetic and kicking ass on a regular basis. Their dedication to drama is... More >>

  • John McNeil & Ethan Iverson

    published August 31, 2011

    On tonight’s bill, both the revered Brooklyn trumpeter (McNeil) and the wry Bad Plus pianist (Iverson) love to mess with the norms, but at... More >>

  • Leo Konitz & Tomasz Stanko Quintet

    published August 31, 2011

    The cliché-crushing saxophonist had a health scare while gigging in Australia at the start of the summer, but he must have done some quick... More >>

  • Miguel Zenon Quartet

    published August 31, 2011

    The big to-do about this saxophonist’s new nod to Puerto Rican composers is the way his alto sounds, its effervescent lines carrying the kind... More >>

  • Gilad Hekselman Quartet

    published August 24, 2011

    One track on the guitarist’s radiant Hearts Wide Open finds saxophonist Mark Turner getting giddy with his tenor. Hats... More >>

  • Kris Davis Trio

    published August 24, 2011

    The buzzed-about pianist is expert at bringing beauty to abstraction. On a scad of local gigs and recent records, she’s somehow been able to... More >>

  • Angelica Sanchez Quintet

    published August 24, 2011

    2008’s Life Between was like much of the impressive pianist’s work, idiosyncratic and rambling. But it also felt familiar, a... More >>

  • Joel Forrester & Phillip Johnston

    published August 17, 2011

    The Microscopic Septet are in town performing Monk tunes at the Gershwin Hotel, which means its members have time for some extra curricular... More >>

  • Gary Peacock, Marc Copland & Victor Lewis

    published August 17, 2011

    Few jazz pianists have mastered the balance between dreamy and driving, but Copland’s one. Even his most exploratory reflections, a strong... More >>

  • Ron Carter Big Band

    published August 17, 2011

    The regal bassist’s first large ensemble disc under his own name is rather unique, because instead of banking on the contours of... More >>

  • Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem

    published August 10, 2011

    The luminous aspects of the violinist’s songbook take a backseat when she leads this wonderfully frenzied outfit. Nels Cline’s cyclone... More >>

  • Fieldwork

    published August 10, 2011

    At this point, I’d go way out of my way to be surrounded by the earthshaking drama percussionist Tyshawn Sorey designs on a regular basis,... More >>

  • Liberty Ellman Quartet

    published August 10, 2011

    Skittishness is central to the guitarist’s attack, and he delivers its unpredictability in a fetching way. It often feels like his sense of... More >>

  • Vicious World

    published August 10, 2011

    Rufus Wainwright’s rich melodies and saucy delivery have long been inviting to jazzers—Dave Douglas took a shot at “Poses” way... More >>

  • 'Charlie Parker Jazz Festival'

    published August 10, 2011

    Bird lived uptown and down, so each year around his birthday, two distinct zip codes get to enjoy an afternoon of improv in his honor.... More >>

  • 'Charlie Parker Jazz Festival'

    published August 10, 2011

    Bird lived uptown and down, so each year around his birthday, two distinct zip codes get to enjoy an afternoon of improv in his honor.... More >>

  • Pilc/Moutin/Hoenig

    published August 10, 2011

    After many years of sharing the bandstand, one thing’s sure: There’s deep chemistry between pianist Pilc, bassist Moutin, and drummer... More >>

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