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Jabas, funk/R&B

A searing horn section tears into Funk and R&B classics, as well as some very original material, and it’s all in the name of a good dancing time!


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Fri, 01/27/2012 - 19:30


Racky continues his residency with more classic blues and jazz. Check us out!

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Thu, 01/26/2012 - 22:00

Klezwoods, klezmer/rock & Trubaci Brass Band, Klezmer/rock

A unique and utterly infectiously joyous reinterpretation of traditional klezmer music, in the hands of some of the best instrumentalists and singers in the New England area. Described as “the gateway drug to Eastern European music”, the Klezwoods play a blend of klezmer, arabic and balkan music with modern grooves and improvisation.

Artist Site


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Thu, 01/26/2012 - 19:30

Brad Byrd, songwriter

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Wed, 01/25/2012 - 20:00

Rob Rudin's Half-Jewish

It's been two years since drummer Rob Rudin left for the Cape. Now he’s back living in Somerville re-establishing his band that he half-joking calls Rob Rudin's Half-Jewish. “It’s a pun,” explains Rudin, “on the fact that some of the musicians happen to be Jews, some don’t. But it’s serious, too — while all of the music is part of my Jewish experience, the musical influences can come from anywhere.” These influences include music from India and Turkey, Reggae, songs of revolution, salsa, jazz of all eras and, of course, Klezmer.

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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 20:00

Naftule’s Dream, Klezmer/jazz

A remarkable ensemble that uses Klezmer as a jumping off point into folk and jazz inflected original music that is both unique and familiar. ”(They) stretch the limits of densely composed and then freely jammed-out music of deep emotional resonance. It’s a crazy-ass circus one minute, a funeral procession another, and everything in between the rest of the time.”Richard Gehr, The Village Voice

Artist website

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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 21:00


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Bassist Pat O’Leary has helped some of the best musicians in jazz swing like mad: Diana Krall, Bob Dorough, Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis and others. O’Leary is also a composer and passionate teacher and talked to Judy about a fascinating project in Serbia where he combined his talents, working with students and professionals to present his arrangements of Serbian folk songs as reborn jazz orchestrations

Joy Kills Sorrow

Some people prefer pop music that behaves like math: once a few familiar variables have been determined—female vocals or male? Acoustic guitar or electric? — the end result should be easy to predict, and always sound the same. That’s not the Joy Kills Sorrow method. This Boston-based string band favors a more unpredictable approach relying on musical chemistry and improvisation. Hence the title of their sophomore album, This Unknown Science. On this album, Joy Kills Sorrow’s sound is born from the best of two worlds.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 20:00
Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:00

NEA Jazz Masters Retrospective

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

For thirty years, the NEA has gathered the masters of jazz to honor their own. Join us as we highlight these decades - including 2011 inductees Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, Orrin Keepnews, Ellis Marsalis and the Marsalis family -- in music and words. And we'll hear from the creator of the Jazz Masters award A.B. Spellman. 

Carsie Blanton CD Release Show with special guest Mark Erelli

In her brief time as a performing songwriter, Carsie has shared the stage with nationally hailed acts including Amos Lee, Nellie McKay, John Oates and Leon Redbone, and frequented noteworthy venues from ...The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA) to the Hotel Café (Los Angeles, CA). In 2008, Carsie toured with Loudon Wainwright III, and with Blue Note recording artists The Wood Brothers.

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Sun, 01/29/2012 - 20:00


Of Interest

Know Your Host:
Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

Tune in to Jazz Matinee
Sundays, 12 to 4 pm


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