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 // 26 Articles
Columns // 95 Articles
Reviews // 534 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles

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.


Darius Jones, Jazz Bohemian | 20 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM

With his new collaboration with French singer Emilie Lesbros, Darius Jones cements his position as a brilliant, model jazz musician in the new century.

What's So Smooth About the New Smooth Jazz? | 12 Aug 2015 // 8:30 PM

Recent work from a group of young musicians, beautifully represented by the new Supreme Sonacy from Revive Music, makes it cool again to put out jazz that wants to be popular.


The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Brooklyn | 25 Aug 2015 // 8:05 PM

A surprising album from the astonishing bassist, playing only electric along with guitarists Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas, along with Brian Blade on drums.

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman | 3 Aug 2015 // 8:05 PM

Two jazz "stars" unite for a recording and tour that proves to be more than the sum of its parts.


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

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

READ the article