June 2015

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Marcus Miller

World Traveler

Marcus Miller’s global journeys and extensive studio experience continue to inform his still-evolving style. The bassist and producer has a diverse, well-traveled background that allows him to feel at home just about anywhere.

Features
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    Billie Holiday Centennial

    The Legend Lives

    DownBeat celebrates the iconic jazz singer who was born 100 years ago and whose work has assumed a meaning that transcends any musicology.

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    Donny McCaslin

    Plugged-in Persona

    The tenor saxophonist discusses his recent forays into electronic dance music, working with David Bowie and David Binney, and the path he took to get there.

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    Ndugu Chancler

    ‘Like Royalty’

    For the past 25 years and counting, the drummer has brought grace, rhythm and soul to every musical setting in which he’s been placed—but he wants you to know that he’s a jazz musician down to his core.

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    38th Annual Student Music Awards

Players
  • Marquis Hill
  • Jorma Kaukonen
  • Thana Alexa
  • Bob McChesney
Blindfold Test

Trumpeter Wallace Roney was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Ira Sullivan: “That’s Earl, Brother” from Circumstantial (Nessa)
  • Avishai Cohen’s Triveni: “Dark Days, Darker Nights” from Dark Nights (Anzic)
  • Sean Jones: “60th And Broadway” from Im-Pro-Vise: Never Before Seen (Mack Avenue)
Also in this Issue
News
  • Sullivan Fortner Wins APA’s Cole Porter Fellowship Competition

Indie Life
  • Chantale Gagné
  • Ben Bailey
  • Posi-Tone Records

Caught
  • Roy Haynes’ 90th Birthday Engagement at New York’s Blue Note
  • Cape Town International Jazz Festival
  • Eliane Elias
  • Bielecki Foundation
  • Metronome Jazz Fine Art Photograph Collection

Woodshed
  • Peter Erskine Master Class
  • Paquito D’Rivera Pro Session
  • Bunky Green Solo Transcription

Jazz On Campus
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s
  • Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program


PLUS Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!