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December 2014 (Volume 81, Number 12)


Miguel Zenón
Reacquainted with His Homeland
By Dan Ouellette
Born and raised in San Juan, the alto saxophonist never expected to arrive at the creative pinnacle where he finds himself today—as a passionate spokesperson who has explored his homelandís music in the context of jazz.


79th Annual Readers Poll Results

B.B. King
Hall of Fame, Blues Artist of the Year
By Aaron Cohen

Chick Corea
Jazz Artist of the Year
By Allen Morrison

Kurt Elling
Male Vocalist of the Year
By Ted Panken

Pat Metheny
Jazz Album/Jazz Group/Jazz Guitarist of the Year
By Phillip Lutz

Trombone Shorty
Trombonist of the Year
By Jennifer Odell

Chris Potter
Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
By Ted Panken

Diana Krall
Female Vocalist of the Year
By Ken Micallef

Holiday Gift Guide


Jason Yeager
Hilary Gardner
Walter Smith III
Maja S.K. Ratkje

Blindfold Test

Bassist Ron Carter was tested on the following tracks during a live “Blindfold Test” at the Detroit Jazz Festival:
  • Sam Jones: “Samís Things” from Changes & Things (Xanadu)
  • George Mraz: “She Walks In A Meadow” from Morava (Milestone)
  • Duke Ellington/Ray Brown: “Sophisticated Lady” from This Oneís For Blanton! (Original Jazz Classics)
  • Lewis Nash: “Flanaganís Shenanigans” from Stompiní At The Savoy (M&I Jazz)
  • Charlie Haden/Hank Jones: “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child” from Steal Away (Verve)
  • Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: “Pucciniís Walk” from Further Explorations (Concord/Stretch)
  • Doug Watkins: “I Remember You” from Soulnik (Original Jazz Classics)

Also In This Issue

Top Jazz Albums of the Year; Top Historical Albums of the Year; Mezzrow Piano Room Opens in New York; Caught: OutBeat Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival; Clark Terry in Keep On Keepiní On; Elio Villafranca at the Detroit Jazz Festival; Kenny Wheeler Remembered; Jim McNeely Master Class; Jimi Durso Pro Session; Mary Halvorson Solo Transcription; Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at University of Idaho; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Alex Mercado

Dusty Groove



Jody Jazz

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