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 // 27 Articles
Columns // 100 Articles
Reviews // 542 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

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.

John Scofield: A Guitar Hero for Jazz and Beyond | 7 Oct 2015 // 9:02 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.

//Columns

Ralph Alessi: A Trumpet King for 2016 | 12 May 2016 // 9:00 PM

Quietly, brilliantly, Brooklyn-based jazz trumpeter Ralph Alessi is everywhere at once, defining the music with flexibility and freedom.

The Triumphant Emptiness of Snarky Puppy | 29 Feb 2016 // 9:30 PM

If an iTunes library on shuffle needed a house band, Snarky Puppy would be it.

//Reviews

Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley | 10 May 2016 // 9:20 PM

The jazz/soul singer serves up a record even stronger than his last, built on feeling, canny arrangements, and a spectacular voice.

Camila Meza: Traces | 9 May 2016 // 9:10 PM

Camila Meza is a guitarist and singer from Chile who puts her jazz skills and delightful, appealing voice into collection that is not watered down pop and not classic jazz. What is it? Marvelous, original, easy to love.

//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

You Should Dance Like Gene Kelly Today

// Global Graffiti

"In the glut of new "holidates", April and May offer two holidays celebrating the millions who preserve and promote the art of dance

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