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 // 26 Articles
Columns // 98 Articles
Reviews // 536 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

John Scofield: A Guitar Hero for Jazz and Beyond | 7 Oct 2015 // 8:02 PM

John Scofield's new recording, Past Present, is a revival of his very best jazz group and an affirmation that pop joy can live inside of jazz.

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.

//Columns

The Kamasi Washington Phenomenon | 14 Jan 2016 // 8:00 PM

PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.

Yesterday and Today—Jazz Trumpets Across the Divide | 8 Dec 2015 // 8:30 PM

Avant garde trumpeter Nate Wooley has chosen to interpret the music of his childhood hero, the conservative Wynton Marsalis. Why not?

//Reviews

Fred Hersch: Sarabande | 28 Jan 2016 // 8:05 PM

A reissue of an early trio recording by the sparkling jazz pianist -- featuring the late Charlie Haden as well as Hersch's marvelous "Child's Song", written to Haden.

Ches Smith: The Bell | 27 Jan 2016 // 8:10 PM

A versatile "jazz" drummer proves well beyond category in this essential, gorgeous trio with viola and piano.

//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]

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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