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June 2015 (Volume 82, Number 6)


Marcus Miller
World Traveler
By Aaron Cohen
Marcus Miller’s global journeys and extensive studio experience continue to inform his still-evolving style. The bassist and producer has a diverse, well-traveled background that allows him to feel at home just about anywhere. Now he’s in an ideal position to pass along the lessons he has learned about drawing from the world while holding onto one’s individuality.


Billie Holiday Centennial
The Legend Lives
By John McDonough
DownBeat celebrates the iconic jazz singer who was born 100 years ago and whose work has assumed a meaning that transcends any musicology.

Donny McCaslin
Plugged-in Persona
By Sean J. O’Connell
The tenor saxophonist discusses his recent forays into electronic dance music, working with David Bowie and David Binney, and the path he took to get there.

Ndugu Chancler
‘Like Royalty’
By Frank Alkyer
For the past 25 years and counting, the drummer has brought grace, rhythm and soul to every musical setting in which he’s been placed—but he wants you to know that he’s a jazz musician down to his core.

38th Annual Student Music Awards


Marquis Hill
Jorma Kaukonen
Thana Alexa
Bob McChesney

Blindfold Test

Trumpeter Wallace Roney was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Ira Sullivan: “That’s Earl, Brother” from Circumstantial (Nessa)
  • Avishai Cohen’s Triveni: “Dark Days, Darker Nights” from Dark Nights (Anzic)
  • Sean Jones: “60th And Broadway” from Im-Pro-Vise: Never Before Seen (Mack Avenue)
  • Tom Harrell: “Sunday” from Trip (High Note)
  • Paolo Fresu: “Blame It On My Youth” from Desertico (Tuk Music)
  • Jeremy Pelt: “Ruminations On Eric Garner” from Tales, Musings And Other Reveries (High Note)
  • Eddie Henderson: “Sunburst” from Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions)
  • Brian Lynch: “La Sitiera” from Bolero Nights: For Billie Holiday (Venus)
  • Ambrose Akinmusire: “Marie Christie” from The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint (Blue Note)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: “Blood Cry (La Llamada De La Sangre)” from Vitoria Suite (EmArcy)
  • Christian Scott: “Spy Boy/Flag Boy” from Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord)

Also In This Issue

Sullivan Fortner Wins APA’s Cole Porter Fellowship Competition; Caught: Roy Haynes’ 90th Birthday Engagement at New York’s Blue Note, Cape Town International Jazz Festival; Eliane Elias; Bielecki Foundation; Metronome Jazz Fine Art Photograph Collection; Indie Life: Chantale Gagné, Ben Bailey, Posi-Tone Records; Peter Erskine Master Class; Paquito D’Rivera Pro Session; Bunky Green Solo Transcription; University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


UMe Charlie Parker



Jody Jazz

DC Jazz Fest


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