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 // 31 Articles
Columns // 108 Articles
Reviews // 583 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

The Story's Jennifer Kimball Makes Folk Music for the New Century | 13 Jul 2017 // 9:30 PM

One-half of the '90s duo The Story collaborates with Cuddle Magic's Alec Spiegelman to create mature Americana that has a modern groove.

The Best Jazz of 2016 | 4 Dec 2016 // 9:30 PM

These are the 20 "best" jazz records of 2016 identified in stylistic diads, ranked loosely from most sublime to merely breathtaking.

//Columns

Ella Fitzgerald's Centennial: Is It Possible to Reinvent This Artist? | 13 Jun 2017 // 10:00 PM

The First Lady of Song was a seeker, and it's been all too easy to just imitate her: the scatting, the silky melodies. On her 100th, there's a better way to do it.

Passing Masters of Jazz: Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell | 11 May 2017 // 9:30 PM

Jazz long ago lost its early geniuses of swing and bebop. Now masters from the '70s and onward are starting to pass, too. Remembering Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell.

//Reviews

Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift in Decorum - Live at the Village Vanguard | 18 Jul 2017 // 2:50 AM

Our most intriguing young trumpet player, live and with just a rhythm section, making magic.

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light | 12 Jul 2017 // 3:11 AM

The trombonist's superb quintet is now both more political and more lush in arrangement. One of the music's best bands just got better.

//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

'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

// Moving Pixels

"Knee Deep's elaborate stage isn't meant to convey a sense of spatial reality, it's really just a mechanism for cool scene transitions. And boy are they cool.

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