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.

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!