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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Construction Party: Instruments of Change

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Instruments of Change, inciso a Boston da un quartetto paritario formato nel 2008 da jazzisti non molto noti a livello internazionale, costituisce l'ennesima dimostrazione che un jazz aggiornato e di spessore può essere prodotto anche lontano dai centri riconosciuti di New York, Chicago, New Orleans... Anzi, sappiamo quanto caratterizzata e attiva sia la vita jazzistica in altre città, come Seattle ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

William Hooker Brings Drum Thunder To Outpost 186 Cambridge MA on Sunday April 14th

William Hooker Brings Drum Thunder To Outpost 186 Cambridge MA on Sunday April 14th

The venerable William Hooker rolls into town for a solo performance involving projected visuals and a duet segment with trumpeter Forbes Graham. The proceedings will commence at 8 pm with a suggested donation of $10.00. Mr. Hooker has been an avid collaborator with Knitting Factory notables such as Elliot Sharp, Thurston Moore and Zeena Parkins in addition to the many stellar adherents ...

ARTICLE: GNOME NOTES

The Barley Pub: New Hampshire's Jazz Epicenter

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The rock club era was some strange evolutionary fail done in by its bombast and bloat.

Jazz still suffers from the fern bar model, a hangover from disco days and proto yuppies with combo's pumping standards to fuel brunch and drinks gluttony or provide that perfect ambiance for conspicuous consumption evenings on the town.

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Jacob William returns his Para Quintet to Outpost 186 on Saturday March 24th after an interlude of gigs in other dubious roosts. Now that he is once more in the cozier confines of the Outpost, free of the concerns attending tavern work, he'll shine at his usual level of dazzle with his astute and earnest compadres. Laurence Cook will once ...

ARTICLE: GNOME NOTES

Jacob William Quartet: Secondary Deviations

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Jacob William made his way to the Boston area from Chennai, India. He made the music school rounds well after formative years in the homeland among his peers there. He cites reed multi- instrumentalist Anthony Braxton as an important mentor and makes a fabric of community in Boston over the course of his sojourns through Wesleyan, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Laurence Cook and Jim Hobbs Conjure "Tragedies of Love" on Blaq Lghtn Records

Laurence Cook and Jim Hobbs Conjure "Tragedies of Love" on Blaq Lghtn Records

Blaq Lghtn recently released its third disc, Tragedies of Love, a duet involving the elder statesman of Boston drummers, Laurence Cook with the mayor of Boston music, Jim Hobbs and his beloved alto saxophone. It is a work laden with the reflections one might expect in the William Blake form of Experience. If anything, both epitomize Blake's notion of 'the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Nakatani Gong Orchestra @ Outpost 186 on September 10th

Nakatani Gong Orchestra @ Outpost 186 on September 10th

Saturday, September 10, 2011 OUTPOST 186
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
8:00 PM Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra World renowned master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will present an evening of improvised music centering on exceptionally intricate interplay, texture and timbre on Saturday, September 10. Nakatani will be performing a set of solo percussion music ...

Outpost 186 leans in to a piano laden summer for Inman Square, Cambridge

Outpost 186  leans in to a piano laden summer for Inman Square, Cambridge

Piano players are coming out of the woodwork at Outpost 186. Mothers Day saw an astonishing turnout for Matthew Shipp, who followed a solo set with a long awaited Jim Hobbs duet, sponsored in part by All About Jazz. A snippet of the night awaits below. After a respite from Memorial Day, Hans Poppel has a special concert with area colleagues on Tuesday, June 7th ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: Cambridge, April 29, 2011

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Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra
YMCA Theater
Cambridge, MA
April 29, 2011
A local community center turned into a forward-thinking artistic venue when the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra ascended the small stage at the Cambridge YMCA.
The JCAO plays original works by a membership drawn from Boston's ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

"Big Bands Afire: Swing to Beyond" kicks off Jazz Week from JazzBoston

"Big Bands Afire: Swing to Beyond" kicks off Jazz Week from JazzBoston

Large ensemble lovers have several options in as many locations for Jazz Week. The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra holds court at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre with an offer to pay the first 50 attendees to show up. The 19 piece JCA Orchestra will present a concert of new music by resident composers David Harris, Jim Hobbs, Darrell Katz, Bob Pilkington, Warren ...