DownBeat Apple Music Playlist: 25 for the Future

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Our July 2016 issue featured a series of short profiles on 25 musicians who we think will shape the direction of jazz in the decades to come.

Those artists, all under the age of 40, are represented here through their music. Some are already established leaders; others are integral accompanists to the biggest names in the business. But if we’re right about where these artists are heading, you’re bound to hear much, much more.

Welcome to the future of jazz.



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    Charnett Moffett

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    “Don Cherry had his own original thing going on ... and you can’t duplicate it,” Randy Brecker says.

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    “​Keith’s thing was startling,” pianist Craig Taborn says of Facing You.

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    Bassist-composer Ron Carter turns 85 on May 4.

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    “I have no concept of what I did before! That’s irrelevant,” Ibrahim said. “I can’t change anything. I can’t change the past, I can’t change the future, I can only deal with what is now.”