Reedist Jane Bunnett’s first-hand observations of the Havana jazz scene spurred the foundation of Maqueque, a collaborative six-piece ensemble.

(Photo: Rick McGinnis)

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Fosters Connection Between Cuban Music, Jazz

It’s the first day of September, and a chill off Lake Ontario has reduced the crowds around Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre to a trickle. But it’s plenty hot inside the Bill…

Dana Saul

Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Live In Gothenburg


William Hooker

Symphonie Of Flowers

Adrian Cunningham & His Friends
Play Lerner & Loewe

Johnny Griffin/Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis
Ow! Live At The Penthouse
(Reel To Real)


Woody Herman (1913–1987)

(Photo: DownBeat Archives)

Woody Herman’s New Creative Kick

New York—“Woody Herman has the greatest ofay swing band in the country—bar none!”

That’s what all the band popularity contests said this year and that’s just the way I feel about it. Out of the 1,606 swing fans who named the Herman Herd their favorite dispenser of jive in DownBeat’s annual contest, undoubtedly some (the bobby-soxers) cast their votes that way because they go for the snappy corduroy jackets that Woody sports on the stand. Most fans, however, picked Woody’s crew for its crack over-all musicianship, for its…

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