Our December 2017 issue is on-sale now!
Highlights of this issue include:
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 @ 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.
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.
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
Editor Evan Haga commends JT’s longtime vocal-jazz critic, Christopher Loudon
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
Helen Merrill: On an island, on the stage
By James Gavin
Brianna Thomas on the art of song delivery
A holiday gift guide for the audio enthusiast
Will Downing and Lizz Wright on bridging the gap between R&B and jazz
By Shaun Brady
The latest musical instruments, accessories and education resources
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.