August 2023


Alice Coltrane

Enters the DownBeat Hall of Fame

The composer, pianist and harpist steps out of the shadows of her husband John Coltrane to assume her rightful place in the DownBeat Hall of fame.

  • Charles Lloyd

    Artist of the Year

    That Charles Lloyd is 85 and the oldest-ever DownBeat Critics Poll Artist of the Year, as he is this year, is almost beside the point. Lloyd seems to have transcended chronology; to hear a Lloydian musical phrase unfold is to receive the wisdom of several lifetimes in a single breath — suspending, if not upending, one’s perception of reality as a linear proposition

  • Mary Halvorson

    Album of the Year

    This year’s Guitarist of the Year delivered Amaryllis & Belladonna, the Album of the Year!

  • Mario Bauza & Red Norvo

    Hall of Fame

    ​Bauza and Norvo are the well-deserved Veterans Committee selections for the Hall of Fame.

  • Immanuel Wilkins

    Poll Trifecta

    Wilkins was named Alto Saxophonist of the year as well as Rising Star Composer of the Year. His quartet was named Rising Star Group of the Year.

  • Terri Lyne Carrington

    Takes Two!

    The Drummer of the Year also guided her band Social Science to Group of the Year honors.

  • Samara Joy

    Rising Star Artist of the Year

    Samara Joy’s star is rising fast. The fantastic vocalist was named the Rising Star Artist of the Year and the Rising Star Female Vocalist of the Year!

Blindfold Test

Christian McBride, this year’s Bassist of the Year in the Critics Poll, turned 51 this May 31 and is still pushing far beyond what many might consider conventional career bandwidth. In addition to touring regularly with multiple groups (including a promising new unnamed quintet) and recording on a wide variety of projects, he hosts NPR’s Jazz Night in America and Sirius XM’s The Lowdown, to serve as artistic director for the Newport Jazz Festival and artistic advisor to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and is now spokespersonfor Qobuz, the high-end streaming service. This Blindfold Test was hosted by New York University’s Jazz Studies program, with more than 30 students attending.

  • Roy Hargrove — The RH Factor (Pino Palladino on bass): “The Joint” from Hard Groove (Verve, 2002)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington (Linda May Han Oh on bass): “Continental Cliff” from New Standards, Vol. 1 (Candid, 2022)
  • Sonny Rollins (Jimmy Garrison on bass): “We Kiss In A Shadow” from East Broadway Run Down (Impulse, 1966)
  • Emmet Cohen (Russell Hall on bass): “Pitter Panther Patter” from Future Stride (Mack Avenue, 2021)
  • Kenny Dorham (Paul Chambers on bass): “Blue Spring Shuffle” from Quiet Kenny (New Jazz, 1959)
  • Donald Byrd (Wilton Felder on bass): “The Emperor” from Ethiopian Knights (Blue Note, 1971)
  • Rosa Passos & Ron Carter: “Por Causa de Você” from Entre Amigos (Chesky, 2001)
  • Endea Owens and the Cookout : “Love Cynical” from Tiny Desk Concert (, 2022)
Also in this Issue
  • Houston Person
  • Ramsey Lewis Biography
  • Isaiah Collier
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Ben Wendel
  • Javon Jackson
  • Jeremy Dutton
  • Erica Seguine & Shon Baker
  • Steven Feifke
  • The Pacific Jazz Group
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Arooj Aftab/Vijay Iyer/Shahzad Ismaily
  • Charles Mingus

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