May 2024


Stefon Harris

​Dives Into the Future

Stefon Harris — vibraphonist, visionary, veritable force of nature — worked in harmony with computer generated chords and images at the Apollo Theater in February, fashioning a singularly empathetic testimonial to collective invention with his band, Blackout. Over the course of the evening the group introduced a potentially transformative tool to the jazz arsenal: artificial intelligence.

  • Don Was

    Talkin' Blue Note at 85
  • Lizz Wright

    The Artist as Gardner
  • We Love Vinyl

    A Record Store Day Tribute!
  • 2024 Festival Guide

    Jam Time!
Blindfold Test

Italy’s Umbria Jazz Winter is one of those rare annual festivals that not only coincides with a major holiday — climaxing with New Year’s Eve — but also presents its feature artists multiple times in various venues during its five-day span. This year’s edition marked its 30th year, and Cécile McLorin Salvant performed four times with her current quintet of pianist Sullivan Fortner, guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, drummer Keita Ogawa. She also performed with Alexa Tarantino on alto saxophone and flute (who broke away to headline her own set.) In the context of the small, picturesque town of Orvieto, Salvant’s shows were intimate and relaxed, each concert markedly different in energy and material. On her one day off, she bravely took a chair in front of more than 50 local music fans at the city’s historic Palazzo del Popolo and participated in her first Blindfold Test.

  • Abbey Lincoln: “Let Up” from Abbey is Blue (Riverside, 1959)
  • Anita O’Day: “Them There Eyes” from Anita Sings The Most (Verve, 1957)
  • Lakecia Benjamin : “Mercy” from Phoenix (Whirlwind, 2023)
  • Laufey : “Misty” from YouTube video (2021)
  • Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake : “Night and Day” from Free Standards: Stockholm 1966 (Fresh Sound, 1966)
  • Daveed Diggs: “Guns and Ships” from Hamilton: An American Musical, Original Broadway Cast Recording (Atlantic, 2015)
  • Branford Marsalis: “O Solitude” from Braggtown (Marsalis Music, 2006)
  • Chris Connor : “Lonely Woman” from Free Spirits (Atlantic, 1962)
Also in this Issue
The Beat
  • Brian Bromberg
  • New Documentaries
  • Riley Mulherkar
  • Brandon Goldberg
  • Hilary Gardner

Hot Box
  • Melissa Aldana
  • Christian McBride
  • Chris Potter
  • Moor Mother

Guitar Column
  • Yotam Silberstein
  • Gilad Heckselman
  • Samo Salamon
  • Gordon Grdina
  • Randy Napoleon
  • Mikael Máni

Blues Column
  • Cary Morin
  • Jim Kweskin
  • Albert Cummings
  • Adrian Sutherland
  • Mike Zito

Guitar & Bass School
  • Creative Practice for Bebop
  • What Is M3 Guitar
  • Dave Stryker Transcription
  • Northfield "The Rival" Archtop
  • Gear Box

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