July 2024


90th Anniversary Double Issue!

The 90th Anniversary Issue/25 for the Future

Welcome to the 90th Anniversary Issue of DownBeat. When planning the issue, we wanted to dip into our rich history, but also look at the present ... and future of this music! So, you see here a double issue. Side A tips our hat to history with 18 features on jazz royalty. Side B features 25 for the Future, a look at the next wave of artists in improvised music. Cheers!

  • Side A


    Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Melba Liston & Randy Weston, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner & Michael Brecker, Joni Mitchell on Mingus, Lester Bowie & Greg Osby, Sonny Rollins, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Max Roach, Marian McPartland, Gunther Schuller and The Heath Brothers!

  • Side B

    25 for the Future

    Immanuael Wilkins, Laufey, Isaiah Collier, Liany Mateo, Samara Joy, Elena Pinderhughes, Samora Pinderhughes, Binker and Moses, Pasquale Grasso, Riley Mulherkar, Micah Thomas, Simon Moullier, Steven Feifke, Theon Cross, Vanisha Gould, Julieta Eugenio, Nick Dunston, Summer Camargo, Chien Chien Lu, Josh Johnson, Justin Tyson, Kalia Vandever, Miki Yamanaka, Emmet Cohen and Jeremy Dutton!

Blindfold Test

John Clayton & Rufus Reid, Part 1

  • Ahmad Jamal: “Wave” from The Awakening (Impulse, 1970)
  • Count Basie: “Counter Block” from Breakfast Dance And BBQ (Roulette, 1959)
  • Bobby Hutcherson: “My Joy” from Oblique (Blue Note, 1979)
  • Billy Childs: “The Path Among The Trees” from Autumn In Moving Pictures (ArtistShare, 2010)
Also in this Issue
The Beat
  • David Sanborn, RIP
  • Nick Finzer
  • Fay Victor
  • Stephan Crump
  • Smoke Jazz Club @ 25

Blues Reviews
  • Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
  • Cedric Burnside
  • Eric Bibb
  • Abdallah Oumbadougou
  • Anthony geraci
  • Muireann Bradley

The Hot Box
  • Pat Metheny
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Jeremy Pelt
  • Tomeka Reid Quartet

New from 577
  • Bag of Bones
  • Room 31
  • Ayumi Ishito
  • Teiku

Historical Reviews
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Archie Shepp

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