March 2023


Delfeayo Marsalis

Party on the Bayou!

The most famous brothers in jazz are scattered. Wynton lives in Manhattan. Branford settled in North Carolina. Jason moved to France for a while, then returned to New Orleans. Only Delfeayo Marsalis never left New Orleans. And he is “so New Orleans.”

  • Keith Jarrett

    At Home With Keith Jarrett

    ​In a wide-ranging conversation, the legendary pianist, relaxed in his New Jersey home, speaks to everything from his legacy, his favorite artists and the coolness of his sunglasses to the strokes that have left him able to play piano only with his right hand, something he’s not willing to do in public.

  • José James

    José James Finds His Baduizm

    Beginning in mid-January 2023, José was off to perform on the Blue Note at Sea cruise, kicking-off a promotional European tour for his newest album, On & On (Rainbow Blonde), a recording where James interprets seven Erykah Badu classics. DownBeat caught up with the vocalist in his hometown of Minneapolis.


    2023 Jazz Camp Guide

    Live, in-person jazz camps are back in full-force for the summer with plenty of options for students of all ages and skill levels. DownBeat highlights the best jazz camp experiences out there! Including…

    William Paterson Summer Jazz @ 30

    Summer at Los Angeles College of Music

    And nearly 100 camp listings!

Blindfold Test

Pianist Orrin Evans, artist-in-residence for the 2022/2023 DC Jazz Festival, is not only an exceptional pianist. He is also a prolific bandleader with configurations ranging from trios (including the rangy co-op Tar Baby) to quartets, quintets and his Captain Black Big Band. Evans participated in this live Blindfold Test in front of an audience in the afterglow of a triumphant festival encounter between his big band and vocalist Dianne Reeves during last year’s festival. The setting for this Blindfold Test was the festival’s Meet the Artist Tent at The Wharf, the site of DCJF’s annual closing weekend outdoors on the sparkling Potomac Riverfront.

  • Randy Weston : “Ifrane” from Blue Moses (CTI 1972)
  • Horace Tapscott: “Social Calls” from Thoughts Of Dar Es Salaam (Arabesque 1997)
  • Don Pullen: “Mr. Smoothie” from Mosaic Select (Mosaic 2005)
  • Christian Sands: “Rebel Music” from Facing Dragons (Mack Avenue 2018)
  • Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau: “Au Privave” from Long Ago And Far Away (Impulse! 2018)
  • Ahmad Jamal: “Swahililand” from After Fajr (Dreyfus 2005)
Also in this Issue
  • Joe Chambers
  • Remembering Jeff Beck
  • Amos Lee Sings Chet Baker
  • Jazz In China
  • Willard Jenkins Lifts Black Jazz Writers
  • Aarvark Jazz Ork
  • Sun-Mi Hong
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago
  • John Daversa & Tal Cohen
  • Marcus Strickland Twi-Life
  • Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Fate’
  • Seth Rosenbloom
  • The Cold Stares
  • Mike Zito & Albert Castaglia
  • Barbara Blue
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Marshall Gilkes: ‘My Routine’
  • Steven Bernstein Trumpet Solo
  • Victory Crown Series Trombones

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