October 2019


Poncho Sanchez

‘When I Perform, It’s My Life Story’

For his new album, ‘Trane’s Delight,’ Sanchez draws inspiration from the time he spent woodshedding in his garage as a teenager, playing along to John Coltrane LPs.

  • JD Allen

    Eruption of Emotion

    Allen’s latest effort, Barracoon, is predicated on emotion more than charts.

  • SFJAZZ Collective

    Building a Bigger Tent

    For 15 years, the band has toured the country as ambassadors of the nonprofit SFJAZZ organization. It’s now adding two new members.

  • Veronica Swift

    Dramatic ‘Confessions’

    The new album by self-assured 25-year-old singer Swift begins with an auspicious announcement of sorts: “I may be unknown, but wait till I’ve flown,” she confides over a delicate, insinuating piano introduction. “You’re gonna hear from me.”

Blindfold Test

Giovanni Guidi was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Duke Ellington: “Caravan” from Money Jungle (Blue Note)
  • Herbie Hancock: “Riot” from Speak Like A Child (Blue Note)
  • David Helbock’s Random Control: “Spain” from Tour D’Horizon (ACT)
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: “Éclat For Ornette” from Time Gone Out (Intakt)
  • Jaki Byard: “Send One My Love” from The Magic Of 2 (Resonance)
  • Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran: “Rosetta” from Hagar’s Song (ECM)
  • Chucho Valdés: “El Güije” from Jazz Bata 2 (Mack Avenue)
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: “Duke 88” from African Magic (Justin Time/Enja)
Also in this Issue
Student Music Guide: Where To Study Jazz 2020
  • 250 School Listings
  • NYU Steinhardt’s Global Vision
  • UNT Embraces Change
  • 25 Great Jobs For Musicians
  • Road Rules: Tips for Touring
  • Master Class: Lena Bloch
  • Pro Session: Jimi Durso
  • Pro Session: Jarrard Harris
  • Transcription: Wayne Shorter Saxophone Solo

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