December 2017

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Highlights of this issue include:

Features

Gregory Porter (photo by Erik Umphrey) cover artist of the December 2017 issue of JazzTimes
Gregory Porter (photo by Erik Umphrey)

Gregory Porter

In this interview by David Fricke, the soulful, award-winning vocalist discusses his new Blue Note tribute to Nat “King” Cole—a musical and personal hero who offered wisdom and strength when Porter’s absentee father could not.

Ella Fitzgerald (Universal Music Archives)
Ella Fitzgerald (Universal Music Archives)

Ella @ 100

To honor the First Lady of Song in her centennial year, Christopher Loudon gathers testimonials from Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Regina Carter and other great artists. Plus: Ella and Sinatra through the years.

David Sedaris
David Sedaris (photo by Ingrid Christie)

David Sedaris

In this revealing, surprising conversation with JT publisher Lee Mergner, one of America’s premier humorists talks about his jazz-obsessed dad, why he stopped doing his Billie impression, the problem with jazz brunch and much more.

Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus
Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus (photo by Sue Mingus)

Mingus & Joni Mitchell

In this excerpt from his new book, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, David Yaffe details the unlikely but inspired collaboration between a generation-defining singer-songwriter and a once-fearless jazz icon nearing his death.

Columns & Departments

JT Notes

Editor Evan Haga commends JT’s longtime vocal-jazz critic, Christopher Loudon

Opening Chorus

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music, Adam Rogers, Jazzmeia Horn, Monk and Dizzy centennial concerts, Daymé Arocena, Leslie Odom Jr., John Vanore, Alicia Olatuja, a vocal-jazz album guide in review, the New York Hot Jazz Festival in photos, news and farewells

Before & After

Duchess: A sisterly listening session with the vocal trio
By Christopher Loudon

Overdue Ovation

Helen Merrill: On an island, on the stage
By James Gavin

Artist’s Choice

Brianna Thomas on the art of song delivery

Sound Advice

AudioFiles

A holiday gift guide for the audio enthusiast

Chops

Will Downing and Lizz Wright on bridging the gap between R&B and jazz
By Shaun Brady

Gearhead

The latest musical instruments, accessories and education resources

Reviews

Reviews of albums by Joey Alexander, Django Bates, Tom Harrell, Pat Martino, Harold Mabern, Matt Mitchell, Houston Person, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Hersch & Jay Clayton and many others.

 

Cover of December 2017 issue of JazzTimes