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 // 101 Articles
Reviews // 544 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

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.

Ralph Alessi: A Trumpet King for 2016 | 12 May 2016 // 9:00 PM

Quietly, brilliantly, Brooklyn-based jazz trumpeter Ralph Alessi is everywhere at once, defining the music with flexibility and freedom.

//Reviews

Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads | 12 Jul 2016 // 9:20 PM

Twenty-five years into a great career, Brad Mehldau issues one of subtlest and most comfortable trio performances.

Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions - Ella Fitzgerald | 25 May 2016 // 9:05 PM

Jane Monheit, known for her retro style and interpretation of Ella Fitzgerald, works with trumpeter and producer Nicholas Payton to create a dramatically up-to-date, occasionally truly daring take on Ella.

//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]

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//Blogs

Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

// Announcements

"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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