October 2017


Cécile McLorin Salvant

True Character

Salvant, was voted top Female Vocalist in the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll, discusses her new album, Dreams And Daggers.

  • Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdes

    Songs for Our Fathers

    Pianists Chucho Valdés and Arturo O’Farrill are both giants of Latin jazz. They are also both the sons of famous musicians. They pay tribute to their legendary fathers on a new collaborative album, Familia: Tribute To Bebo And Chico.

  • Regina Carter

    Saluting Ella

    The violinist discusses her new tribute album to Ella Fitzgerald, Ella: Accentuate The Positive, and talks about how the First Lady of Song influenced her prolific career.

  • Eric Revis

    Endless Possibilities

    DownBeat catches up with the in-demand bassist, who has a new leader album, Sing Me Some Cry. His collaborators on the album include reedist Ken Vandermark and pianist Kris Davis.

Blindfold Test

Manuel Valera

  • Kenny Barron: “Cook's Bay” from Book Of Intuition (Impulse!)
  • Tigran Hamasyan: “Markos And Markos” from An Ancient Observer (Nonesuch)
  • Craig Taborn: “The Shining One” from Daylight Ghosts (ECM)
  • Billy Childs: “Dance Of Shiva” from Rebirth (Mack Avenue)
  • Aruán Ortiz: “Dominant Force” from Cubanism (Intakt )
  • Alfredo Rodriguez: “The Invasion Parade” from The Invasion Parade (Mack Avenue)
  • Children of the Light Trio: “African Wave” from Children Of The Light (Mack Avenue)
  • Kevin Hays: “Scrapple From The Apple” from North (Sunnyside)
  • Chucho Valdés and The Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers: “Bebo” from Border-Free (Jazz Village)
Also in this Issue
Student Music Guide
  • NEC Celebrates 150 Years
  • William Paterson Builds on Brilliant Legacy
  • CJC Offers New Opportunities
  • James Morrison Soars as Bandleader & Educator
  • Detailed Listings for more than 240 Schools

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