Bobby Reed

DownBeat Magazine Editor

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    Shabaka Hutchings

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    The members of Lake Street Dive (clockwise from top left): Akie Bermis, Mike Calabrese, Bridget Kearney, Mike “McDuck” Olson and Rachel Price

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    NEC educator Ken Schaphorst conducts an ensemble of student musicians, several of whom are wearing face coverings.

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    Bandleader Adrian Cunningham has a strong relationship with the Florida-based label Arbors Records.

    Arbors Records Puts Art First

    For more than 30 years, the independent label Arbors Records has put artistic concerns ahead of budgetary ones. Based…

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    Guitarist Nir Felder (left), a faculty member at The New School, delivers online instruction to student Evan Macaluso.

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    Pianist Art Hirahara (left) and producer Marc Free work in the Acoustic Recording studio in Brooklyn in 2018. In the background are bassist Joe Martin and saxophonist Melissa Aldana.

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    Bob Mintzer (left), Dane Alderson, Russell Ferrante and Will Kennedy collaborate with the WDR Big Band on Jackets XL.

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    Jazz educators John Stafford II (left), Jim Mair and Justin Binek of Kansas City Kansas Community College

    KCKCC Educators Devise Safeguards

    Being a music educator during the pandemic requires a deep commitment to public health. Teachers who conduct in-person…

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    Danny Jonokuchi and his large ensemble, The Revisionists, submitted the winning video entry for the inaugural edition of Count Basie’s Great American Swing Contest.

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    Guitarist Pat Metheny topped two DownBeat Readers Poll categories this year: Guitar and Jazz Album, for his disc From This Place (Nonesuch).

    Pat Metheny’s Cinematic Vision

    A conversation with Pat Metheny is similar to one of his shows: Some parts seem carefully constructed, while others are…

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    Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa is heading up the Fueling Musicians program, an emergency relief effort he launched during the pandemic.

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    Oberlin vocal instructor La Tanya Hall (foreground) and student Diana Gruber (on monitor) meet in two “real-time” rooms.

    Oberlin Emphasizes Safety

    What Does on-campus instruction look like and feel like during the pandemic? As students across the nation headed back…

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    Resonance Records’ Sonny Rollins album, Rollins In Holland, will be available as part of Record Store Day Black Friday (Nov. 27). The album’s packaging includes many photos, including this shot of bassist Ruud Jacobs (left) and Rollins performing on May 5, 1967.

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    Michael Dessen (left), Steph Richards, Nicole Mitchell and Mark Dresser perform in San Diego at a 2018 telematic concert. Images of musicians collaborating with them in real time from New York City and Seoul, South Korea, are projected on video screens.

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    Makaya McCraven is among the 25 artists DownBeat thinks will help shape jazz in the decades to come.

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    Jimmy Macbride is among the 25 artists DownBeat thinks will help shape jazz in the decades to come.

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    Victor Atkins, of the University of New Orleans, uses several types of software when teaching online classes.

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    Dr. Jeremy Fox, of The School for Music Vocations, helps students achieve their educational and professional goals.

    Music Degrees Can Open Many Doors

    For many years now, young, gifted players have been asking themselves, “Why should I go earn a degree in music?”…

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    Jeff Denson, dean of instruction at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, has shifted to teaching online classes.

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    Kahil El’Zabar (left) enlisted David Murray for his latest leader date.

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    Nicole Zuraitis composed most of the material on her new album, All Wandering Hearts.

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    The Afterlife, by the trio The Comet Is Coming, will be available on Friday, Nov. 29, as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday retail event.

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    A pair of Gregg Allman discs dating back to 1973 and ’74 are being reissued.

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    David Jahnke (left) of Hal Leonard and NAMM President/CEO Joe Lamond perform during a NAMM event in Nashville.

    50 Great Jobs for Musicians

    When you say the phrase “career in music,” many people automatically think of recording and touring artists.…

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    Grant Green (1935–’79) is one of the dozens of artists who are showcased on Record Store Day releases.

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    Arthur Harper (left), Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Lovelace and Johnny Griffin onstage in Paris on March 27, 1965.

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    Drummer Ignacio Berroa will present a master class, “Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond,” in Chicago on Aug. 31.

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    Still from the Jazz Institute of Chicago video about its Straight Ahead Jazz Camp, to be held July 17–21

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    Jaco Pastorius is one of the dozens of artists who are showcased on Record Store Day vinyl releases.

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    Al Jarreau (1940–2017)

    Singer Al Jarreau Dies at 76

    Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau died in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, surrounded by family and friends. He was 76. About a week…

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    John Scofield won two Grammy awards on Feb. 12.

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    Diana Krall’s new album, Turn Up The Quiet, will be released by Verve on May 5.

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    Vince Wilburn Jr. (left), Cheryl Davis, painter Francine Turk and Erin Davis attend the Sept. 21 opening of an exhibit inspired by Miles Davis.

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    Blue Note will release Norah Jones’ new album, Day Breaks, on Oct. 7.

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    Henry Threadgill has been honored with a Lifetime Achivement in Jazz award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

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    As part of his lengthy residency at the Blue Note this fall, Chick Corea (left) will perform on Oct. 19–23 with his Elektric Band.

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    The new album Unheard Bird includes 58 previously unrleased studio takes that saxophonist Charlie Parker recorded in the periof of 1949–’52.

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    Christian McBride (left), Brian Blade, Aretha Franklin and Herbie Hancock rehearse for the International Jazz Day concert in Washington, D.C., on April 29.

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    Lonnie Mack (1941–2016)

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    Henry Threadgill

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    Prince (1958–2016)

    Singer-Songwriter Prince Dies at 57

    Prince, a singer-songwriter who mixed r&b, funk, rock and jazz elements into a style all his own, has died at the age…

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    Pete Yellin (1941–2016) (Photo: Courtesy of the Yellin family)

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    David Baker (left) with Quincy Jones in May 2010

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    Pianist Jay McShann with his band (circa 1940), including saxophonist Charlie Parker (third from left). This image is in a gallery posted at the MMFI website.

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    Obed Calvaire (left), Miguel Zenón, Matt Penman, David Sánchez, Edward Simon, Warren Wolf, Robin Eubanks and Sean Jones are the SFJAZZ Collective

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    Tony Bennett (right) and the musicians on the Grammy-winning album The Silver Lining: Kenny Washington (left), Peter Washington, Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes


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