October 2020


The Quest For Equity Now

‘How Does It Feel To Be Free?’

​DownBeat takes an unflinching look at racism in the jazz world. Musicians Jon Batiste, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran and Mike Reed, as well as other industry professionals, weigh in on some of the most deeply troubling aspects of our society.

  • Terence Blanchard

    Broadening The Perspective

    ​At some point, jazz historians are going to need to survey the work that trumpeter and composer Blanchard has done with filmmaker Spike Lee.

  • Bob James

    Lost & Found Trio Treasure

    ​Ever since his first forays into improvisation in the late 1950s and early ’60s, James has considered the piano trio to be the ultimate vehicle for playing jazz.

Blindfold Test

Jeremy Pelt was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Charlie Parker: “Move” from One Night In Birdland (Columbia)
  • Cecil Payne: “Bird Gets The Worm” from Bird Gets The Worm (Muse)
  • Horace Silver Quintet: “Not Enough Mama” from Jazz Has A Sense Of Humor (Verve)
  • Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: “Passages” from A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
  • Joshua Redman: “Unanimity” from Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
  • Theo Croker: “Crestfallen” from Star People Nation (Sony Music Masterworks)
Also in this Issue
Student Music Guide: Where To Study Jazz 2021
  • More than 200 school listings
  • ‘Music Degrees Open Many Doors’
  • ‘Benefits of Online Teaching’
  • ‘Asynchronous Ensembles Come Out Swinging’
  • Master Class by Nic Meyer (with Frank Lozano)
  • Reviews of the Yamaha Silent Bass SLB300SK and the Austrian Audio OC818 Condenser Mic

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