February 2018


Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

‘Speaking To All Human Beings’

The trumpeter discusses his recent three-album series, which was inspired by current events and the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings.

  • Victor Wooten

    Shared Awareness

    The bassist talks about his new trio album, Trypnotyx, and he sits down for a live Blindfold Test on the campus of Berklee College of Music.

  • Houston Person

    Always Close-by Blues

    The saxophonist discusses his new album of standards, Rain Or Shine.

  • Sharon Jones

    ‘May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me’

    DownBeat talks to members of the soul band The Dap-Kings about the final album they recorded with dynamic vocalist Sharon Jones (1956–2016).

  • 2018 International Jazz Venue Guide

    The Best Places to Hear Live Jazz Worldwide

    Our annual guide includes 209 music venues around the world.

  • Danny Janklow, Akiko Tsuruga, Dave Pietro, Wee Willie Walker

Blindfold Test

Saxophonist Tia Fuller was tested on the following tracks for the Blindfold Test:

  • Lou Donaldson: “Light-Foot” from The Best Of Lou Donaldson, Vol. 1: 1957–’67 (Blue Note)
  • Henry Threadgill: “Paper Toilet” from Too Much Sugar For A Dime (Axiom/Island)
  • Melissa Aldana: “Alegria” from Back Home (Wommusic)
  • Eric Dolphy: “Fire Waltz” from Eric Dolphy With Booker Little: At The Five Spot, Vol. 1 (New Jazz/Prestige/Concord)
  • Greg Osby: “Six Of One” from Further Ado (Blue Note)
  • Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse: “Dancing And Jabbing” from Morphogenesis (Pi Recordings)
  • Wardell Gray: “Twisted” from Wardell Gray Memorial, Vol. 1 (Prestige)
Also in this Issue
Recording School
  • Affordable, High-Quality Studio Microphones
  • Master Class by Brian Landrus
  • Benny Golson Saxophone Solo Transcription

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