May 2020


Antonio Sánchez & Thana Alexa

‘Our Ears Together’

DownBeat sits down with drummer Sánchez and singer Alexa, who are married, to talk about their collaborations and their individual work as bandleaders. The two musicians have toured extensively in the band Migration.

  • Aaron Diehl

    Melding Two Worlds

    Building on previous releases—The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013) and Space Time Continuum (2015)—a new album broadens Diehl’s exploration of piano in the jazz-classical nexus.

  • Marcus Printup

    ‘I Want My Sound To Sing’

    Since he was a teenager in Conyers, Georgia, Printup has been digging into the roots of jazz—and coming up with the goods.

  • Robert Cray

    Vintage Vibe

    Cray’s new album, That’s What I Heard (Nozzle/Thirty Tigers), sports a menu of vintage covers, rarities from the r&b and gospel archives, and old-school-style originals that fit snugly into the program.

Blindfold Test

Carmen Lundy was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater/New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: “It’s Raining” from The Music Of Allen Toussaint (Storyville)
  • Angélique Kidjo: “Toro Mata” from Celia (Verve)
  • Jazzmeia Horn: “Green Eyes” from Love And Liberation (Concord)
  • Maria Pia De Vito: “A Costruzione (Construção)” from Core Curacao (Jando)
  • Paul Simon: “Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy” from Blue Light (Sony)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science: “Purple Mountains” from Waiting Game (Motéma)
  • Harold Mabern: “Don’t Misunderstand” from Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)
Also in this Issue
2020 International Jazz Festival Guide
  • Hundreds of listings, plus stories on the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in Vermont, Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle and the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway.
Reed School
  • Crafting Improvised Lines Using Note Cells by Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Master Class by Keith Oxman
  • Pro Session: T.K. Blue Flute Solo
  • Toolshed
  • GearBox

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