Will Layman
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Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC's "Soundcheck" as a jazz critic. He plays rock, 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 // 35 Articles
Columns // 109 Articles
Reviews // 592 Articles
Blogs // 6 Articles

The Clark Kent of Jazz: Bassist Ben Allison on His Latest, 'Layers of the City' | 4 Sep 2017 // 9:35 PM

Bassist and composer Ben Allison may be the most unassuming man in jazz, but his music is unique and brilliant. He talks with jazz critic Will Layman about finding his sound.

Walter Becker, the Cayenne in the Steely Dan Recipe | 4 Sep 2017 // 4:40 AM

Steely Dan's Becker and Fagen were storytellers who invented characters whose odd, off-putting circumstances commented on the world as incisively as any Bob Dylan lyrics.


The New Jazz of the 21st Century: A Case Study in Kate Gentile and 'Mannequins' | 13 Sep 2017 // 9:30 PM

Drummer and composer Kate Gentile's debut recording is making a New Jazz splash. PopMatters interviews her to get behind this new direction in improvised music.

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.


Adam Rogers: DICE | 7 Sep 2017 // 9:10 PM

Jazz guitarist Adam Rogers makes a record drenched in rock and funk but not without complexity and melodic invention. Strong brew.

Adam Kolker: Beckon | 5 Sep 2017 // 9:05 PM

A mature and quiet record featuring jazz trio (sax, guitar, drums) and woodwind trio, this is a floating, whispering joy.


Ryan Keberle and Catharsis -"Fool on a Hill" (video) (premiere) | 12 Sep 2017 // 4:05 AM

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis stretch out their jazz wings to record a take on the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill".

Pioneering Jazz Guitarist John Abercrombie, 1944-2017 | 24 Aug 2017 // 4:00 AM

John Abercrombie changed jazz guitar for good with his first record, Timeless and then he kept getting better.

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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

// Notes from the Road

"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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