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Kevin C. Peterson

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Gregory Porter’s jazz Grammy projects singer into national spotlights

The release late last year of "Liquid Spirit" was met with muted reaction by national listenership. No matter. Gregory Porter’s latest album is a tribute to high artistic quality seldom experienced today in American music, especially among its vocalist performers.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates decades of song

The concert on Sunday night at Boston Symphony Hall began with the mellifluous signing of "I’m Going to Stand," which is a fitting statement for the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. The powerfully performing feminist group is celebrating its 40th anniversary in concerts across the U.S.

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Jason Moran offers a jazz homage to legend Fats Waller

Jason Moran, the internationally known jazz pianist will be paying homage to the often-forgotten musical genius Fats Waller in "Fats Waller Dance Party: Smalls Paradise" at the Berklee College of Music Center on April 4 at 8 p.m.

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Herbie Hancock discusses ‘70s soundtrack at Harvard Film Archive

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, currently an artist in residence at Harvard University, spoke at a recent screening of "The Spook Who Sat By the Door" — a 1973 political action film depicting a black, ex-CIA agent who leads an armed insurrection against the U.S. military — made a brief splash on the national screen.

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Danilo Perez weaves jazz tapestry of Panama past and present

Pianist Danilo Perez’s music presents complexity, exuberance and a definitive sense of place expressed through tone and rhythmic authority.

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Jazz musicians celebrate Newport Jazz Festival at 60

On Feb. 13, jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield brings his talent back to Boston as part of the Boston Celebrity Series recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival at the Berklee Performance Center.

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Roxbury-set play “Stop and Frisk” explores black men and the law

For those possessing any insight into the sort of fiction that details the utter bitterness of being young, black and male in a large American city, Johnnie Peterson — the protagonist of Robert Johnson’s play, "Stop and Frisk" is reminiscent of Richard Wright’s character Bigger Thomas in the novel "Native Son."

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Luciana Souza revels in bossa nova during show at Harvard

Luciana Souza, who performed to an enthusiastic audience at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater last Saturday night, is perhaps bossa nova’s reigning queen — a brilliant interpreter of rhythm, tune and vocal phrasing.



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