March 2021


Ethan Iverson

Doing Bud Justice

DownBeat catches up with pianist, educator and frequent blogger Iverson to discuss his big band commission for the 2018 Umbria Winter Jazz festival, documented on the new album Bud Powell In The 21st Century. The suite-like program draws upon Powell classics like “Bouncing With Bud,” “Celia” and “Tempus Fugit,” as well as Iverson’s own original material inspired by the DownBeat Hall of Famer’s frequently overlooked contributions to the classic bebop canon.

  • Gretchen Parlato

    Renaissance in Bloom

    In 2014, Parlato’s album Live In NYC earned her a Grammy nomination—a crowning glory to a decade of career triumphs—and then the singer-songwriter nearly dropped out of sight.

  • Gary Bartz

    Bridging Generations

    Bartz has watched the slow roll of history drag on, first from the vantage point of his childhood home in Baltimore, then in New York and the rest of the world while on tour.

Blindfold Test

Jason Palmer was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Ingrid Jensen/Steve Treseler: “Kind Folk” from Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler (Whirlwind)
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: “Incarnation: Chief Adjuah–Idi Of The Xodokan” from Axiom (Ropeadope)
  • John Daversa: “#22” from Cuarentena: With Family At Home (Tiger Turn)
  • Jonathan Finlayson: “Feints” from 3 Times Round (Pi)
  • Dan Rosenboom: “Heliopteryx” from Absurd In The Anthropocene (Orenda)
  • The Birdland Stars (The East-West Jazz Septet): “Two Pairs Of Aces” from The Birdland Stars On Tour, Vol. 1 (RCA Victor)
  • Jaimie Branch: “Waltzer” from Fly Or Die (International Anthem)
Also in this Issue
  • Sean Jones: Pandemic Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Jazz Artists to Assess Their Career Goals
  • Enrico Rava Transcription
  • B.A.C. Paseo Trombone
Jazz On Campus
  • NEC Welcomes Students Back to Campus

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