DownBeat’s 2018 Guide to Gift Giving

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John Legend is one of 21 artists whose new holiday albums are reviewed in our Yuletide Music Roundup.

(Photo: Scott Schafer)

DownBeat offers cool gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with books, vinyl reissues, CD box sets, holiday albums, instruments, gear and more.

Our Yuletide Music Roundup is an expanded version of the holiday album reviews from the Gift Guide, with exclusive online reviews of 11 new albums.

Plus, DownBeat makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves jazz. We’ve got great deals on subscriptions, whether you want to read DownBeat in print, online or on your tablet.

To see the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, click here.

To check out the Yuletide Music Roundup, click here.

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    ​Albert “Tootie” Heath (1935–2024) followed in the tradition of drummer Kenny Clarke, his idol.

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