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]

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