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 // 28 Articles
Columns // 102 Articles
Reviews // 546 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

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.

We Are the Hope: An Interview With Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis | 5 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM

Marsalis speaks to PopMatters about The Absynnian Mass, his inspirations, compositional techniques, and the reason he plays music.

//Columns

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.

Delving Into the Marrow of a Song With Singular Jazz Singer and Songwriter René Marie | 18 Jul 2016 // 9:30 PM

René Marie, like Gregory Porter, writes songs and creates records that have the soul and story-telling impulse to reach beyond jazz audiences.

//Reviews

Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird - The Unissued Takes | 14 Aug 2016 // 9:15 PM

Two discs of recently discovered incomplete takes of classic Charlie Parker sides, which demonstrate the artistry and adventure of jazz in the recording studio in the 1940s and 1950s.

Cuong Vu: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny / Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions | 2 Aug 2016 // 9:10 PM

Two recent releases from Pat Metheny and his collaborator Cuong Vu show how acid and sugar can meet beautifully in the middle.

//Blogs

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
//Blogs

Virtual Reality and Storytelling: What Happens When Art and Technology Collide?

// Moving Pixels

"Virtual reality is changing the face of entertainment, and I can see a future when I will find myself inside VR listening to some psych-rock while meditating on an asteroid.

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