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Jon Batiste: Jazz Artist, Beyond Artist & Beyond Album of the Year ║ By Suzanne Lorge
On the surface of things, it seems counterintuitive that DownBeat critics would name the same musician both Jazz Artist of the Year and Beyond Artist of the Year, until you learn that the musician in question is Jon Batiste, and suddenly the double billing makes sense.
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• Geri Allen Enters the Hall of Fame ║ By Allen Morrison • James Brandon Lewis: Album of the Year, Rising Star Group of the Year ║ By Bill Meyer • A Love Supreme–Live In Seattle: Historical Album of the Year ║ By Paul de Barros • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: Jazz Group of the Year ║ By Phillip Lutz • Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra: Large Ensemble of the Year ║ By Phillip Lutz • Melissa Aldana: Rising Star Artist of the Year ║ By Phillip Lutz • Ulysses Owens Jr.: Rising Star Large Ensemble of the Year ║ By Alexa Peters
Blindfold Test: Spike Wilner ║ By Ted Panken
As the proprietor of two globally famous Greenwich Village jazz clubs, pianist Michael “Spike” Wilner, 55, has booked most of New York’s finest practitioners of the 88s since he purchased Smalls in 2007 and opened Mezzrow in 2014, while continuing to refine his own, distinctive tonal personality on the instrument, as documented most recently on Aliens And Wizards (Cellar Live), with bassist Tyler Mitchell and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. This is his first Blindfold Test.
Indie Life
• Nicole Johänntgen • Roberto Occhipinti • Ed Neumeister
The Hot Box
• Carol Sloane, Live At Birdland • Justice, The Vocal Works OF Oliver Lake • Vadim Neselovskyi, Odesa • I Am, I Am Beyond
The Beat
• Giant Steps Arts • Brian Landrus • Jazz Cruises Return • You Need This! Album Series

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