November 2020


Veronica Swift

Overnight Veteran

Singer-songwriter Veronica Swift has been touring since age 9. Now, at 26, she’s a music biz veteran exploring a variety of artistic disciplines. DownBeat catches up with the bandleader to discuss her career and her forthcoming album, This Bitter Earth. Our feature on Swift is followed by two dozen artist profiles that are part of our cover package, “25 For The Future.”

  • 25 For The Future

    Musicians with the potential to shape the genre

    Shabaka Hutchings

    Jazzmeia Horn

    Christian Sands

    Camila Meza

    Nubya Garcia

    Nduduzo Makhathini

    Makaya McCraven

    Lakecia Benjamin

    Junius Paul

    Morgan Guerin

    Yazz Ahmed

    James Francies

    Kuba Wiecek

    Fabian Almazan

    Theo Croker

    Jimmy Macbride

    Camille Thurman

    Alfredo Rodríguez

    Hedvig Mollestad

    Adam O’Farrill

    Tomeka Reid

    Luke Stewart

    Yussef Dayes

    Joel Ross

Blindfold Test

Noah Preminger was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Walter Smith III: “The Peacocks” from Twio (Whirlwind)
  • Artemis: “Frida” from Artemis (Blue Note)
  • Chris Potter: “You And The Night And The Music” from Concentric Circles (Concord)
  • Immanuel Wilkins: “Ferguson–An American Tradition” from Omega (Blue Note)
  • James Brandon Lewis: “Haden Is Beauty” from An UnRuly Manifesto (Relative Pitch)
  • Act: “Subway Song” from Act II (Self Release)
  • Garzone/Erskine/Pasqua/Oles: “The Honeymoon” from 3 Nights In L.A. (Fuzzy Music)
Also in this Issue
Recording School
  • Asynchronous Recording Platforms
  • Home Studio Gear Basics
  • Toolshed

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