Embracing the struggle between joy and pain
“It just feels right” to emerge as leader, says the pianist
The drummer-composer on the importance of being himself
Family Guy creator goes Sinatra on lush big-band vocal debut
After years of hard knocks and inner turmoil, JD Allen emerges with one of jazz's best and brawniest trios.
Vocalist Peter Eldridge applies pop values and lyrical smarts on the Latin-tinged Mad Heaven
After a miraculous recovery from brain cancer, saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo returns inspired, focused and humbled
March 2011 Features
Nnenna Freelon and son Pierce craft a natural, engaging blend of jazz and hip-hop on Freedom Suite
December 2010 Features
A look at how gay jazz musicians have dealt with their identity through their music
December 2010 Albums
John Murph on the box set in celebration of CTI Records' 40th Anniversary
November 2010 Features
After years out of the spotlight, pianist Junko Onishi returns with a bracing new album and a Mingus-sized band
John Murph profiles young saxophonist who balances solo career with role as back-up to Beyonce
With a pair of different yet equally dynamic releases, vocalist José James arrives
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Billie Holiday share a surprising kinship. But can Bridgewater, a madcap, theatrical vocalist, pay convincing homage to Lady Day, jazz’s most mythologized singer?
December 2009 Features
Can jazz’s rich tradition of eye-catching cover art survive in the MP3 era?
The chanteuse becomes a full-fledged songwriter on Bare Bones