April 2017


Jon Batiste

Reservoir of Positivity

A graduate of The Juilliard School, pianist Jon Batiste has become one of the most beloved musicians on TV, thanks to his role as the music director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

  • Trio 3

    Survival Syndrome

    Alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille have recorded a new studio album for Intakt. DownBeat sat in on a recording session and gathered the three musicians together for a fascinating conversation.

  • Otis Taylor

    Triumph is the Key

    The acclaimed blues guitarist and vocalist tackles social issues on his new album, Fantasizing About Being Black.

  • Akua Dixon

    Playing with Power

    The trailblazing jazz cellist has a new album featuring bassist Ron Carter and guitarist Russell Malone.

Blindfold Test

Catherine Russell

  • Macy Gray: “Nothing Else Matters” from Stripped (Chesky)
  • Duchess: “Laughing At Life” from Laughing At Life (Anzic)
  • Andy Bey: “Worried Life Blues” from Pages From An Imaginary Life (HighNote)
  • Jane Monheit: “I Wad Doing All Right/Know You Know” from The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City Records)
  • Herbie Hancock: “Tea Leaf Prophecy ” from River: The Joni Letters (Verve)
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet feat. Kurt elling: “Blue Gardenia” from Upward Spiral (OKeh)
  • Gregory Porter: “The French-African Queen” from Take Me To The Alley (Blue Note)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: “Wives And Lovers” from For One To Love (Mack Avenue)
Also in this Issue
Brass School
  • 7 Ideas for Orchestrating Big Brass Band
  • Exposed Melodic Use of Bass Trombone
  • Masterclass by Nick Finzer
  • Tomasz Stanko Solo Transcription

  • Carmen Lundy, Jeremy Pelt, Joey DeFrancesco and Heads of State in the Hot Box

Jazz on Campus
  • Syracuse Music Students Keep Options Wide Open

PLUS: Dozens of album reviews, product reviews and much more!