Virginia A. Schaefer

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06/14/15    Community Articles

Kaze at the Lily Pad

Kaze returned to the outside-jazz-friendly Lily Pad in Cambridge, as part of the group’s tour of the Northeast and Canada. Kaze includes Satoko Fujii on piano, Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost on trumpet, and Peter Orins on drums. Fujii and Tamura reside...

11/26/14    Community Articles

Joan Jonas: Reanimation, with Jason Moran

Ascendant jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran collaborated with renowned performance artist Joan Jonas on the score that he performed in her multimedia production, Reanimation. To this work, Moran brought the experience of creating his own thematic projects...

09/09/14    Community Articles

Leslie Pintchik Trio

Introducing her first performance in Boston, pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik expressed gratitude to the audience for welcoming a group from another city ̶ New York, where she has been playing venues of various sizes for a number of years. She used the...

05/22/14    Community Articles

Sun Ra’s Centenary: Space is Still the Most Colorful Place

To commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of jazz composer, leader, and keyboardist Sun Ra, an accomplished ten-member ensemble performed some of his best-known works at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The ensemble included leader Ken Schaphorst, chair of...


04/10/14    Albums

In the Nature of Things
Leslie Pintchik

“In the Nature of Things” is the fifth release by pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik. While the cover photos of melting snow and sunlit striated pebbles arranged on weathered wood suggest the natural world, in liner notes Pintchik credits the inspiration...

02/18/14    Community Articles

Matt Wilson Quartet with John Medeski

The Matt Wilson Quartet with John Medeski played for an appreciative audience in Boston, where Wilson lived and played in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As well as his masterful drum work, Wilson is known for exploring and incorporating various styles in...

11/14/13    Community Articles

Elvis Costello on His Career and Advice to Young Musicians

On a Friday afternoon, Elvis Costello spoke to an appreciative audience in Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. That morning, he had worked in the classroom with songwriting students. He was introduced by Hankus Netsky, chair of the Contemporary Improvisation...


09/13/13    Community Articles

Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura with Kaze

Satoko Fujii, pianist and composer, and Natsuki Tamura, trumpeter and composer, have established numerous performing groups and released numerous recordings, separately and together. A married couple originally from Japan, they are now based both in Tokyo...

05/07/12    Community Articles

Fred Hersch, “Leaves of Grass” at New England Conservatory

With “Leaves of Grass,” pianist and composer Fred Hersch has created a jazz setting of selections from 19th-century poet Walt Whitman’s ground-breaking and wide-ranging book. After completing the work in 2003, Hersch presented it in a few cities and released...

02/16/12    Community Articles

Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura at The Lily Pad

In a rare Boston-area visit, Satoko Fujii, pianist and composer, and Natsuki Tamura, trumpeter and composer, gave a duo performance at The Lily Pad, a well-kept storefront space dedicated to jazz. Fujii and Tamura, who are married and live in Japan, have...

02/13/12    Community Articles

Jason Moran, “In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959”

Pianist and composer Jason Moran presented his program “In My Mind” at New England Conservatory, where Moran has been on the faculty since 2010. “In My Mind” centers on the 1959 Thelonious Monk concert at New York’s Town Hall, where Monk performed his compositions...

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About Virginia A. Schaefer

Virginia A. Schaefer joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 20, 2012