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‘Getting off the bus’ — the amazing (and legendary) Charles Lloyd

Jazz writers tend to overuse the term “legendary.” “Is everybody who’s ever owned a saxophone ‘legendary’?” asks a classical music…

At 75, Joan Baez still offering a message of hope with ‘Gracias a la Vida’

“Gracias a la Vida” is a signature song for Joan Baez. It’s often performed toward the end of her concerts,…

Two friends, two pianos: Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin

Any ranking of the world’s most respected pianists has to include Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, who hail from…

Cleveland’s Franz Welser-Möst believes ‘there’s nothing like competition’

Not that long ago, Franz Welser-Möst was the new kid on the block, after his appointment at just age 38…

To pianist Igor Levit, Frederic Rzewski is the Beethoven of our time

Though many have never heard of Frederic Rzewski, fast-rising pianist Igor Levit considers him to be nothing short of a…

Duetting banjos: Fleck & Washburn join forces in music — and marriage

Banjo players are a key element in Nashville music circles, a community that’s home to an array of instrumentalists, singers…

‘Prairie Home’ host Chris Thile declares ‘I love this gig so much’

When Chris Thile returns to Symphony Center, he will appear in a new guise: host of the long-running radio show…

Nicholas Payton’s Afro-Caribbean Mixtape fuses sounds, eras and vibes

“I play post-modern New Orleans music,” says Nicholas Payton, trumpeter, composer, producer, social commentator, historian, and for the most part,…

SCP Jazz Series salutes the genre’s greats throughout 2016-17

Tributes to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Jazz at 100 are among the programs scheduled for…

Jason Moran revisits the works of Charles Mingus for ‘New Fables’

Composer-pianist Jason Moran knows no bounds, and he’s been that way from the start. When he was only 24, he recorded…

For jazz bassist John Patittuci, it all sounds familial

When John Patitucci frames the story of how he became one of hottest bass players in the business, it’s a group shot, not a self-portrait. He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea. And now, with Wayne Shorter.