May 2023


Wayne Shorter

A Final Interview

In a very special issue of DownBeat, we say goodbye to the great Wayne Shorter with one of his last interviews captured in 2022 by writer/photographer Michael Jackson. Our tribute also includes thoughts on his early days in Newark, New Jersey by Phillip Lutz and Shorter in Los Angeles by Josef Woodard.

  • Eric Reed

    The Liberation of Eric Reed

    The pianist has lived with a secret. He decided now is the time to talk about it.

  • Kendrick Scott

    In Search of Implied Harmony

    ​Kendrick Scott is in love with harmony. With his new trio and new album called Corridors (Blue Note), Scott looks to expand his exploration of harmony in a very intimate setting.

Blindfold Test

At 76, soprano and tenor saxophonist Dave Liebman — an alumnus of bands led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, leader of too many bands to name and too many albums to count, distinguished educator, author, pedagogue, NEA Jazz Master and polio survivor – continues to explore and expand his horizons, as evidenced by the recent releases Live At Smalls, a ferocious scratch-improvised quintet encounter with mid-career practitioners Peter Evans, Leo Genovese, John Hebert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, and Now Two, an incantational meeting with Sorey and percussionist Adam Rudolph. This is his third Blindfold Test.

  • Chris Potter: “Klactoveedsedstene” from Got The Keys To the Kingdom (Edition, 2023)
  • Roscoe Mitchell-Milford Graves: “Steady State” from Flow States (ScienSonic, 2020)
  • Joe Lovano-Jakob Bro: “As It Should Be” from Once Around The Room: A Tribute to Paul Motian (ECM, 2022)
  • Christian McBride’s New Jawn: “Obsequious” from Prime (Mack Avenue, 2023)
  • James Brandon Lewis: “Womb Water” from Eye of I (Anti-, 2023)
  • Eric Alexander: “Eddie Harris” from Chicago Fire (High Note, 2014)
  • JD Allen: “Down South” from Americana, Vol. 2 (Savant, 2022)
  • Sam Newsome/Jean Michel Pilc: “Giant Steps” from Magic Circle (Independent Release, 2017)
Also in this Issue
  • Cory Wong
  • Ingrid Laubrock
  • David Hajdu's The Parsonage
  • Ben Rosenblum
  • Lucy Yeghiazaryan
  • Christian McBride's New Jawn
  • Bobo Stenson Trio
  • Julian Lage
  • Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter
  • Peter Case
  • Matt Anderson
  • Jimi "Primetime" Smith & Bob Corritore
  • The Cash Box Kings
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Adam Larson
  • Henry Threadgill Solo Transcription
  • Eastman's New 52nd Street Sax
  • More than 140 Festivals Listed!
  • Umbria Jazz Fest at 50
  • Healdsburg Jazz Fest at 25
  • DC Jazz Fest Goes International
  • Detroit Jazz Fest Dreams Big

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