On our editorial calendar, this issue was originally designated as “The Renegades Issue.” Here’s one of the ways Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “renegade”: “an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior.” Going by that definition, you could argue that every issue of JazzTimes is full of renegades. What was supposed to set this issue apart was that we specifically wanted to highlight either up-and-coming players with a distinct sense of adventurousness in their work or established artists who normally operate outside the mainstream.
We did achieve that goal, to an extent. I’m particularly gratified to see youngsters like Pedro Martins, Veronica Swift, and Brian Krock in the pages of the May 2019 issue as well as David Dominique, whose giddily genre-surfing album Mask has, in the early months of 2019, become one of my favorite albums of 2018. It’s also great to catch up for the first time in a while with older yet still undersung players like Marilyn Crispell and Amina Claudine Myers.