“For me, Roy Hargrove was one of the most dedicated stewards of this music, the Black American tradition,” said trumpeter Theo Croker, who considered Hargrove a mentor.

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Roy Hargrove: Once in a Lifetime

Three years after he passed away on Nov. 2, 2018, at age 49, trumpeter Roy Hargrove enters the DownBeat Hall of Fame. He was voted in by the readers of DownBeat in the 86th Annual…

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Deciphering The Message
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Nicholas Payton
Smoke Sessions
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Becca Stevens & The Secret Trio
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Summer Of Soul
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Breath By Breath

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Regarding The Moon
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Josh Sinton


Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler: The Truth Is Marching In

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50…

Growing Up Monk

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