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 // 25 Articles
Columns // 91 Articles
Reviews // 530 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

Jazz of the '00s: Jumping Past the Great Divide | 21 Sep 2014 // 8:14 PM

The jazz of the '00s jumped past the great divide of earlier years, obliterating the distinction between tradition and avant-garde, jazz and pop, letting the genre blossom.

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with 'A Dotted Line' | 7 Apr 2014 // 8:14 PM

PopMatters got an advance listen to the new recording from the "newgrass" sensation -- and an interview with guitarist Sean Watkins.

//Columns

Billie Holiday at 100: Still an Inspiration | 6 Apr 2015 // 8:30 PM

On Billie Holiday's centennial, her influence remains everywhere in music. Jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James, have new tributes out on Blue Note.

What's Not to Love About the Trombone? | 30 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM

There was a time when jazz trombonists like Glenn Miller were mega-stars. Not so today, but talents like those of Ryan Keberle and Joe Fiedler make the case that they should be.

//Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls | 2 Mar 2015 // 8:03 PM

A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff | 25 Feb 2015 // 8:04 PM

Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.

//Blogs

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band | 14 Dec 2011 // 2:00 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 // 4:30 AM

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

//Blogs

Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

// Short Ends and Leader

"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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