December 2020


George Benson

‘Something Nobody Else Can Play’​

We spotlight the career of Benson, the latest inductee in the DownBeat Hall of Fame, from his days as a child prodigy in Pittsburgh to the recording of his recent album, Weekend In London.​

  • Christian McBride

    Spreading Serious Fun

    McBride has some valuable wisdom to share. He knows how to make jazz more popular with young people and how to widen its appeal among the general public.​

  • Pat Metheny

    Cinematic Vision

    A conversation with Metheny is similar to one of his shows: Some parts seem carefully constructed, while others are loose, improvisational flights. But the thematic undercurrent is one of sturdy, satisfying logic.​

  • 85th Annual Readers Poll

    Complete Results

    ​Winners in dozens of categories, including Jazz artist and Jazz Album of the year.

  • 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

    Immortal Giants

    ​A four-disc Charles Mingus set is a highlight of our seasonal shopping guide for music fanatics.

Blindfold Test

Karrin Allyson was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Aretha Franklin: “For All We Know” from Laughing On The Outside (Columbia)
  • Camila Meza: “Atardecer” from Ámbar (Sony Masterworks)
  • Norma Winstone & John Taylor: “Lucky To Be Me” from In Concert (Sunnyside/Enodoc)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: “Obsession” from The Window (Mack Avenue)
  • Camille Bertault: “Là Où Tu Vas (Giant Steps)” from Pas De Géant (OKeh)
  • Becca Stevens: “Both Still Here” from Regina (GroundUp)
  • Fred Hersch & Jay Clayton: “Blame It On My Youth” from Beautiful Love (Sunnyside)
Also in this Issue
Jazz On Campus
  • Oberlin Emphasizes Safety
  • Master Class by Derek Brown
  • Reviews of Martin Committee Trumpet and Sher Music’s ‘Introduction to Jazz Piano: A Deep Dive’

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