June 2017


Diana Krall

For Tommy

The superstar pianist-vocalist discusses her deep connection to her mentor, the late and legendary producer Tommy LiPuma, who helped her craft a brilliant new album of Songbook gems.

  • Chris Potter

    Waking Dreams

    Saxophonist Chris Potter discusses his new ECM album, The Dreamer Is The Dream.

  • Trombone Shorty

    Spiritual Connection

    Whether he is headlining a jazz festival or opening a show by rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews brings uptempo New Orleans music to the people.

  • Thundercat

    ‘It’s Always Music First’

    Bassist Thundercat has become one of the most-discussed figures in improvised music today. His new album is titled Drunk.

Blindfold Test

Jimmy Greene was tested on the following tracks for the Blindfold Test:

  • Steve Lehman Octet: “Autumn Interlude” from Mise en Abîme (Pi Recordings)
  • Ben Wendel: “Soli” from What We Bring (Motéma)
  • Gregory Tardy: “Unforgettable” from Steps Of Faith (SteepleChase)
  • Jure Pukl: “The Journey To The One” from The Life Sound Pictures Of Jure Pukl (Fresh Sound)
  • Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life: “Celestelude” from Nihil Novi (Blue Note/Revive)
  • Mark Turner Quartet: “Lathe Of Heaven” from Lathe Of Heaven (ECM)
  • Donny McCaslin: “Underground City” from Fast Future (Greenleaf)
  • Don Braden: “Walkin’ The Walk” from Luminosity (Creative Perspective Music)
Also in this Issue
Indie Life
  • Hermon Mehari
  • Mike Neer
  • ACT celebrates 25 years
40th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards
  • Hall of Fame: Clarence Acox
  • Jazz Education Achievement: Paul Contos
  • Jazz Education Achievement: Howard Stone

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