Will Layman
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Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He is a contributor to National Public Radio and frequently appears as a guest on WNYC's "Soundcheck" as a jazz critic. He plays both funk and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation's capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.

Features // 28 Articles
Columns // 102 Articles
Reviews // 548 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

On My Own Planet: An Interview With Musical Chameleon Petra Haden | 2 Jun 2016 // 2:42 AM

Haden has played with the Decemberists, Iggy Pop, Paul Motian, and others. The ubiquitous, multi-talented artist shares her ideas on, well, almost everything.

We Are the Hope: An Interview With Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis | 5 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM

Marsalis speaks to PopMatters about The Absynnian Mass, his inspirations, compositional techniques, and the reason he plays music.

//Columns

Becca Stevens on Popping Jazz Boundaries | 9 Aug 2016 // 9:30 PM

Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.

Delving Into the Marrow of a Song With Singular Jazz Singer and Songwriter René Marie | 18 Jul 2016 // 9:30 PM

René Marie, like Gregory Porter, writes songs and creates records that have the soul and story-telling impulse to reach beyond jazz audiences.

//Reviews

Jim Snidero: MD66 | 25 Sep 2016 // 9:05 PM

A veteran alto saxophonist looks back 50 years at the revolutionary approach of the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet.

Rez Abbasi and Junction: Behind the Vibration | 1 Sep 2016 // 3:47 AM

Guitarist Rez Abbasi returns to jazz-rock as a style on Behind the Vibration, but this time via electric instruments with original tunes. The result is modern jazz that sweeps in many styles.

//Blogs

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band | 14 Dec 2011 // 3:00 AM

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

The Apples in Stereo: #1 Hits Explosion | 13 Dec 2009 // 5:30 AM

The Apples in Stereo - #1 Hits Explosion - Yep Roc [$13.98]

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Indie Horror Month 2016: Diving into 'Reveal the Deep'

// Moving Pixels

"In Reveal the Deep, the light only makes you more aware of the darkness

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