The DownBeat 2020 Gift Guide

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A four-disc Charles Mingus set is a highlight of our seasonal shopping guide for music fanatics.

(Photo: Joseph L. Johnson)

If you’re shopping for gifts this holiday season, DownBeat has got you covered with our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

Check out features on a new live set of Charles Mingus performances, a handful of Charlie Parker gifts to mark his centennial, vibraphonist Warren Wolf’s first holiday album, books by critic Kevin Whitehead on jazz cinema and academic Tammy L. Kernodle on the life of Mary Lou Williams. Plus, our Yuletide Music Roundup highlights the best holiday albums of 2020.

Don’t forget, 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. And don’t miss out on our weekly newsletter.

To read the Holiday Gift Guide from our December issue, click here.

To read the Yuletide Music Roundup for 2020, click here.

To order a subscription to DownBeat, or to buy a DownBeat book, hat or T-shirt, click here. DB

These stories originally were published in the December 2020 issue of DownBeat.



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    Lee Morgan (1938–’72)

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    New, impactful live recordings of the late pianist Bill Evans continue to emerge on vinyl.

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    John Pizzarelli hit the woodshed, literally, to develop material for his new recording Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes On Pat Metheny.

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    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi


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