A stately, sagely status hums beneath the surface of a celebratory March 15, 2018, concert by saxophonist Charles Lloyd.

(Photo: Dorothy Darr)

Charles Lloyd’s Latest Lavish Set

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, saxophonist Charles Lloyd staged a concert of homecoming proportions. The show on March 15, 2018, was set in his adopted hometown of Santa…


Dave Douglas

(Greenleaf Music)

Kengchakaj Kengkarnka
Lak Lan
(Next Level)

Chris Madsen
(Outside In)

Mareike Wiening
Metropolis Paradise
(Greenleaf Music)


Various Artists

If You’re Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison
(Fat Possum)

Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander With Strings

Dave Specter
Blues From The Inside Out

Andrés Vial
Gang Of Three
(Chromatic Audio)


Lionel Hampton (1908–2002)

(Photo: DownBeat Archives)

Lionel Hampton In Action

Known as the master of the vibes, king of the drums and creator of the two-fingered piano, Lionel Hampton has endeared himself to millions of people throughout the world. But it’s not only his music that has brought about his popularity; it’s his generosity. As far back as 1936, Hampton’s artistry was recognized when DownBeat rated him the most exciting artist of that year. Since that time, Hampton has had more glory heaped upon his humble person until, as Red Skelton recently said, “Hamp’s the greatest exponent of jazz alive today.”

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