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November 2016 (Volume 83, Number 11)


Wadada Leo Smith
National Treasure
By Phillip Lutz
For his new album, America’s National Parks, acclaimed trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has chosen to tackle a subject of social importance. This ambitious double album examines ideas about democracy, the state of the nation, and its beautiful parkland.


Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
Floating & Flying
By Josef Woodard
Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau have a new duo album, Nearness, which was recorded during a European concert tour.

Jerry Bergonzi
The Mystic
By Claire Daly
Saxophonist and educator Jerry Bergonzi talks about his new album, Spotlight On Standards, as well as many other topics in this fascinating conversation.

Stacey Kent
Trust Your Heart
By Bobby Reed
Backstage in Montreal, DownBeat catches up with vocalist Stacey Kent and saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, her bandleader and husband.

Fall/Winter Jazz Festival Guide for 2016–’17

This guide has detailed listings on more than 70 festivals, plus features on the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Edgefest in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.


Tom Teasley
Pete McGuinness
Pablo Held
Clara Moreno

Blindfold Test

Pianist Aaron Parks was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • ELEW: “My Favorite Things” from And To The Republic (Sunnyside)
  • Joey Alexander: “Soul Dreamer” from Countdown (Motéma)
  • Renee Rosnes: “Lucy From Afar” from Written In The Rocks (Smoke Sessions)
  • Edward Simon: “Volver” from Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside)
  • Matthew Shipp: “In A Sentimental Mood” from To Duke (RogueArt)
  • Bruce Barth Trio: “Almost Blue” from Live At Smalls (SmallsLive)
  • Kris Davis: “Twice Escaped” from Waiting For You To Grow (Clean Feed)
  • Rob Clearfield: “Islands” from Islands (Ears & Eyes)

Also in this Issue

Jane Bunnett; Detroit Jazz Festival; Vince Giordano; Remembering Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemans & Rudy Van Gelder; Oslo Jazz Festival; Master Class by Dafnis Prieto; Pro Session by Tom Christensen & Scott Neumann; Lewis Nash Solo Transcription; Jazz On Campus spotlights the University of the Pacific; plus instrument reviews, dozens of album reviews, and much more!


Roosevelt College




Jody Jazz


Air Force

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