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Forbes Graham


Forbes Graham is a composer, trumpet player, and electronic musician currently based in the Boston area. He has appeared on over 30 recordings, including studio appearances on such labels as Metal Blade, Tzadik, and Troubleman. Forbes has performed and recorded with a very diverse group of artists, including Erase Errata, Steve Lantner, Daughters, Raqib Hassan, Jim Hobbs, The One Am Radio, and Luther Gray. His composition “Variations on the Fibonacci Sequence” was commissioned by the Greenwall Foundation and world premiered at the 2007 Festival of New Trumpet. Forbes has also written music for the new music/rock ensemble Normal Love


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ullman/Swell Quartet, The Attic Frank Carlberg & Josh Sinton

Read "Ullman/Swell Quartet, The Attic Frank Carlberg & Josh Sinton" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Improvisers abound in this episode. Portugal's Rodrigo Amado & The Attic, Bernardo Tinoco & Tom Maciel, Joao Lencastre's quartet, and Pedro Alves Sousa and friends lead the way, while the Chilean band Nichunimu makes its debut with a startling use of electronics. Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's back with a new release by his Predicate Quartet, more ...


Return: The Journey

Label: Blaq Lghtn
Released: 2013


Instruments of Change

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: 1. Conic Sections; 2. Yard Dog; 3. Two-ophony; 4. Hover; 5. Fibbin’; 6. Coretto; 7. Hazy Recall; 8. Longitude-Latitude.

Article: Album Review

Construction Party: Instruments of Change

Read "Instruments of Change" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

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 ...

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 ...


Article: Gnome Notes

The Barley Pub: New Hampshire's Jazz Epicenter

Read "The Barley Pub: New Hampshire's Jazz Epicenter" reviewed by Chris Rich

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. ...


Article: Gnome Notes

Jacob William Quartet: Secondary Deviations

Read "Jacob William Quartet: Secondary Deviations" reviewed by Chris Rich

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 ...


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