Our November 2017 issue is on-sale now!
Highlights of this issue include:
On his bold new album, Bad Hombre, the Mexican-American drummer channels his fury over Donald Trump’s immigration policy into powerhouse rhythmic improvisations fused with electronica.
By Geoffrey Himes
Buddy Rich @ 100
During his lifetime he was widely regarded as the greatest drummer in the world and a talk-show-ready raconteur. But Rich’s legacy, tainted by those legendary tapes, is far more complex and contested.
By Andrew Gilbert
Louis Hayes: Bright Moments
On the occasion of Serenade for Horace, his fine new Blue Note tribute to the hard-bop architect who kick-started his career, the brilliantly swinging drummer looks back on his classic sessions.
By Aidan Levy
Columns & Departments
Editor Evan Haga on the myth that drummers can’t be effective bandleaders or composers
Pete Escovedo, Jazz re-freshed in NYC, Detroit Jazz Festival, Matt Wilson’s jazz and poetry connection, the photography of Jean-Pierre Leloir, Monterey Jazz Festival, news and farewells
Before & After
Mark Guiliana: A listening session with the innovative drummer on-site at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Germany
By Ashley Kahn
Mike Clark: The double-edged sword called funk
Rudy Royston picks tracks showcasing creative cymbal work
Brent Butterworth on Bandcamp, the artist-friendly and audiophile-worthy online music platform
Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave King and Jeff “Tain” Watts” on the plight of drummer-composers
By Shaun Brady
The latest musical instruments, accessories and education resources
Reviews of albums by Christian McBride Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, Gregory Porter, Bobby Watson, John McLaughlin &the 4th Dimension, John Beasley, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil , Seth MacFarlane and many others.
The Education Guide 2017/2018
Allen, who died of cancer in June, just 60, wasn’t only one of the most fearless and important pianists in jazz history. She was also among its great teachers, as artists including Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran explain.
By Shaun Brady
How to keep your student musicians engaged, attentive and respectful, with input from Bob Mintzer, Terell Stafford and others.
By Shaun Brady
Teaching Trad-Jazz in NOLA
In the Crescent City, traditional jazz is taken up by new generations despite cultural and political setbacks.
By Jennifer Odell
Expanding Your School’s Fan Base
Top band directors and educators weigh in on how school jazz ensembles can attract new listeners and keep them interested.
By Dan Bilawsky
A mentor whose pupils include Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Ben Monder and Julian Lage must be doing something right. Meet Mick Goodrick, the wry shaman of jazz guitar.
By Joel Harrison
Bridging the Rock-to-Jazz Gap
How should a talented young player adept in popular styles make the leap into jazz? Experts including Peter Erskine and Jeff Coffin offer ideas.
By Brad Farberman
By Ken Franckling
Directory of Schools & Programs
JT publisher Lee Mergner talks to trombonist and educator Wycliffe Gordon