November 2018


Stefon Harris

Nurturing Spirit

DownBeat catches up with Stefon Harris, who topped the Vibraphone category in our 2018 Critics Poll. In a wide-ranging conversation, Harris talks about his new album, his innovative work as an app developer and his role as an educator.

  • John Scofield

    It’s November 1982, and 30-year-old John Scofield is in Cleveland to audition for Miles Davis’ group. The Man With The Horn was released the previous year and guitarist Mike Stern is still on the bandstand, but Davis has heard about a hot-shot guitarist from Connecticut.

  • Aaron Parks

    Seventeen years into a distinguished career in the jazz business, Aaron Parks, 34, now focuses on his own projects, and is increasingly selective about making long-term commitments to other artists’ bands.

  • Kandace Springs

    ​Kandace Springs isn’t the kind of performer most fans think of when they hear the phrase “Nashville-based artist.”

  • Fall/Winter Festival Guide

    Earshot, Barcelona Jazz Fest at 50, Jazznojazz and tons of festival listings.

Blindfold Test

Ben Williams was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Weather Report: “Three Views Of A Secret” from Forecast Tomorrow (Sony Legacy)
  • Rosa Passos & Ron Carter: “Feito de Oracao” from Entrée Amigos (Chesky)
  • Return to Forever: “No Mystery” from The Anthology (Concord)
  • Dave Holland: “The Empty Chair” from Prism (Dare2)
  • Christian McBride Big Band: “The Shade Of The Cedar Tree” from The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue)
  • Charles Mingus: “G.G. Train” from Mingus Ah Um (Sony Legacy)
  • Butch Warren: “A Little Chippie” from Butch’s Blues (Self Release)
Also in this Issue
Drum School
  • Drumming in a 'Pianoless' Ensemble by Dana Hall
  • Master Class
  • Pro Session with Alan Hall
  • Transcription: Peter Erskine Drum Solo
  • Toolshed

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