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April 2015 (Volume 82, Number 4)


Kenny Barron
Perfect Grace
By Aaron Cohen
The soft-spoken pianist and NEA Jazz Master, a prolific recording artist with a heavy touring schedule, maintains the perspective that musicians should always be humble.


Beautiful Spirit
The Life and Legacy of Michael Brecker
By Bill Milkowski
DownBeat presents a recap of the recent all-star concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center that paid tribute to jazz’s most influential saxophonist since John Coltrane. We also check in with Susan Brecker, who honors her late husband by raising money for groundbreaking cancer research.

Navigating the Digital Jungle
How Jazz Artists Survive in the New Media Era
By Allen Morrison
These days, it’s easier than ever for jazz artists to record, but harder than ever for them to monetize their recordings. DownBeat speaks to leading independent jazz musicians, label executives and industry analysts to find out what they make of the radically altered music marketplace and what strategies they have devised for doing business in the digital age.

Rob Mazurek
Opposing Forces
By Bill Meyer
The multi-instrumentalist envisions his art as a generative and dynamic thing—“a living organism moving through space,” as he eloquently puts it.

Musicians’ Gear Guide
Best of The NAMM Show 2015


David Gibson
Colleen Clark
Joey Calderazzo
Reggie Quinerly

Blindfold Test

Vibraphonist Warren Wolf was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • The Cecil Taylor Quartet: “Toll” from Looking Ahead! (Contemporary)
  • Roy Ayers: “Well, You Needn’t” from West Coast Vibes (Mighty Quinn)
  • Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group: “Naima” from Singing (Motéma)
  • Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms: “Leeza” from From The Region (Delmark)
  • Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet: “Blues Can Be Abstract, Too” from In A World Of Mallets (Basin Street)
  • Buddy Montgomery: “Irregardless” from A Love Affair In Paris (Space Time)
  • Bobby Hutcherson: “My Joy” from Oblique (Blue Note)

Also In This Issue

Caught: New York City Winter Jazzfest, Panama Jazz Festival, Charlie Haden Memorial at Town Hall, SFJAZZ Bowl; Ramsey Lewis on The In Crowd at 50; Brass School: Mastering Form & Harmony with Rex Richardson, John McNeil Master Class, Bob Brookmeyer Solo Transcription; Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Royal Conservatory

Royal Conservatory




Jody Jazz

DC Jazz Fest

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