Ayana Contreras


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    The all-star collective Dinner Party celebrates backstage at Blue Note Jazz Fest Napa. From left: Terrace Martin, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Dave Chappell, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge.

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    Black Lives—From Generation To Generation makes a multi-generational plea for equity and equality with artists like Alicia Hall Moran, left, and E.J. Strickland.

    A Generational Plea for Equality

    In September 2020, in the wake of protests that rocked cities across the United States, DownBeat published a cover…

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    “I always wanted the elders to be there, so I can make sure that I was moving in the right direction,” Kenny Garrett said of his relationship with legends of jazz.

    Kenny Garrett Honors the Ancestors

    Kenny Garrett’s latest album, Sounds From The Ancestors, is a message to all of the legendary artists who helped…

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    Ledisi takes on the challenge of singing the music of Nina Simone and making it her own.

    Ledisi: Lifted by Nina

    Thirteen might be an unfortunate number for some, but for multihyphenate vocalist Ledisi, it proved to be verifiably…

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    Joy’s heroes range from Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jazzmeia Horn and H.E.R., to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

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    Thandi Ntuli sought for Indaba Is to reflect cosmopolitan elements that pulsate through the scene in South Africa.

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    Alonzo Demetrius earned two degrees from Berklee College of Music.

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    Mary Lou Williams’ long, fruitful career is lovingly chronicled by Tammy L. Kernodle in Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams, which has been published in paperback for the first time.

    Mary Lou Williams, Writ Large

    Mary Lou Williams was an idiosyncratic composer, arranger and pianist whose 60-plus-year career remains ruthlessly hard…

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    Lakecia Benjamin is among 25 artists DownBeat predicts will help shape the future of jazz.

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    Multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste is facilitating a series of music-forward protests through his WE ARE organization.

    ‘How Does It Feel To Be Free?’

    Wrapped in brick and converted from its previous life as an industrial space, the Constellation venue’s two separate…

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    In 1982, Mark Anthony Lee (center) recorded “I’m Just A Boogie Roller.”

    Boogie, Skating & Benson

    By 1976, the initial incarnation of Stax Records was gone from the musical landscape, but the dreams of superstardom it…

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    Vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles performs as a member of the group Ajoyo, as well as releasing music under her own name.

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    Thundercat is a second-generation product of the Los Angeles jazz scene: Drummer Ronald Bruner Sr., his father, gigged with saxophonist Rickey Washington, father of Kamasi Washington.

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    Eddie Kendricks (1939–1992)

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    Errol Stubbs’ “Spaced Out On Your Love,” recorded in 1986, is included on a recent dispatch from Chicago’s Numero Group, Visible And Invisible Persons: Distributed In Space.


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