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NEWS: EDUCATION

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

In recognition and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Studies department and the Jazz Studies program, New England Conservatory is hosting Jazz50, a year- long series of concerts and events. On stage will be the distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests offering an incredible array of musical and compositional talent. Performances are to ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Singer/Sommelier Kristen Lee Sergeant Returns To Boston

Jazz Singer/Sommelier Kristen Lee Sergeant Returns To Boston

Celebrate Kristen Lee Sergeant’s return to the Boston stage with her new DownBeat Editor’s Pick album Smolder at Berklee’s Red Room @ Club 939, Thursday, October 10, 7:00pm. Joining Sergeant will be special guest and Grammy winner Ted Nash, pianist Jeb Patton, and local heavy-hitters Robert Gullotti (drums) and Gregory Ryan (bass). Tickets are $20 general admission ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen Releases Highly Anticipated New Solo Album, Outstandards

Pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen Releases Highly Anticipated New Solo Album, Outstandards

In Outstandards, pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen presents jazzy renditions of classical cornerstones such as “Für Elise" (Beethoven) and Mozart’s "Piano Sonata in C major" alongside jazz classics such as “Tea for Two" (Youmans / Caesar) and “Cheek to Cheek" (Berlin). Katsenelenbogen also revisits Chick Corea’s “Armando’s Rhumba," which was released on his CD Solotude in 2005 and ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Walter Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of The Woodwind Department

Walter Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of The Woodwind Department

Berklee has named saxophonist Walter Smith III as chair of the Woodwind Department. Smith, a Berklee alumnus who recently released his fifth album as a leader, is widely recognized as an accomplished performer and composer, and an inspired educator. Smith takes up the position on May 1. “Bill Pierce has left a strong legacy of excellence ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ron Carter Quartet At Regattabar

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Ron Carter Quartet
Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
February 22, 2019

You are the “World's Greatest Jazz Bassist," as a sign used to say at The Knickerbocker Saloon in New York City, where you and Cedar Walton held forth for many years. You have been at the top of your ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Rina Yamazaki: Conversations with a Rising Star

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Born in Japan, up and coming pianist Rina Yamazaki has lived in in the USA since she was accepted at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2015. Both before moving to the US and after Yamazaki has earned a number of well-deserved accolades for her high-level musicianship. From receiving the Jazz ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Pianist Romain Collin Releases Fourth Video In #Taurussesh Series

Pianist Romain Collin Releases Fourth Video In #Taurussesh Series

Romain Collin releases another new video in #TaurusSesh, a series of intimate videos in which he explores the vast musical possibilities offered by his unique combination of acoustic piano, vocal loops and textures, and the bass synthesizer Moog Taurus. The Collin original “Clockwork“ features Collin with producer Jeremy Loucas on drum programming. Videos showcase spontaneous collaborations with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Multi-Instrumentalist and award-winning drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga will be performing at Saloon in Davis Square featuring the Anthony Crescente Quartet. They will perform on December 31, 2018, from 10:00 PM-2:00 AM at the Saloon, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA. The ensemble features Anthony Crescente on guitar, Tatsuya “Tat" Yoshinaga on drums, Alex Peabody on saxophone, and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Dexter Gordon: Portrait of a Sophisticated Giant

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon
261 Pages
ISBN: #9780520280649
University of California Press
2018

Maxine Gordon was the last of Dexter Gordon's several wives and she has written a biography of Gordon, a task with which he charged her before he died in ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff

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Sonny Rollins--Meditating on a Riff
Hugh Wyatt
304 Pages
ISBN: #978-0-9981219-2-5
Kamama Books
2018

Author Hugh Wyatt doesn't hide his friendship with Sonny Rollins-Rollins is his daughter's godfather-he has written a spiritual biography of saxophone great Sonny Rollins which is perilously close to hagiography. He says in the ...