May 2017


José James

‘Tornado of Creativity’

Singer-songwriter José James—who has worked in multiple genres and has many fans in the jazz world—takes an artistic gamble with his new album.

  • Archie Shepp

    Proud Pioneer

    DownBeat catches up with the legendary saxophonist at the Stockholm Jazz Festival.

  • Joey DeFrancesco

    Rejuvenated Master

    The organist and trumpeter discusses his superb quartet and his new album, Project Freedom.

  • Candido

    ‘I Feel Like I’m 20’

    The 95-year-old percussionist looks back on his amazing career.

Blindfold Test

JD Allen

  • Dexter Gordon: “Long Tall Dexter” from 60th Anniversary Savoy Jazz—Timeless (Savoy Jazz)
  • Odeon Pope: “Odeon’s List” from Odeon’s List (In + Out)
  • Sonny Rollins: “Grand Street” from Sonny Rollins & The Big Brass (Verve)
  • Donny McCaslin: “Shake Loose” from Beyond Now (Motéma)
  • Noah Preminger: “A Change Is Gonna Come” from Meditations On Freedom (Dry Bridge Records)
  • Sam Rivers: “Hues Of Melanin” from Sam Rivers Trio Live (Impulse!)
Also in this Issue
Summer Festival Guide
  • Listings for 186 Festivals
  • Features on 6 fests:
  • Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival
  • Elkhart Jazz Festival
  • Toronto Jazz Festival
  • Nice Jazz Festival
  • Jazz à Juan

Reed School Features
  • Ted Nash
  • Caroline Davis
  • Matt Shevitz

  • Aki Takase & David Murray
  • John Abercrombie
  • Kneebody

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