Will Layman
Image: Will Layman

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 // 29 Articles
Columns // 103 Articles
Reviews // 548 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles

"Music Is Up There and You Can't Touch It": Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album 'Stripped' | 2 Oct 2016 // 9:35 PM

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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.


No Piano, Please! | 19 Oct 2016 // 3:19 AM

Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.

Becca Stevens on Popping Jazz Boundaries | 9 Aug 2016 // 9:30 PM

Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.


Jim Snidero: MD66 | 25 Sep 2016 // 9:05 PM

A veteran alto saxophonist looks back 50 years at the revolutionary approach of the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet.

Rez Abbasi and Junction: Behind the Vibration | 1 Sep 2016 // 3:47 AM

Guitarist Rez Abbasi returns to jazz-rock as a style on Behind the Vibration, but this time via electric instruments with original tunes. The result is modern jazz that sweeps in many styles.


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

Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

READ the article