DownBeat Issue Roundup - May 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

ArkivJazz is the place to further explore the May 2021 issue of DownBeat Magazine, now mailing to subscribers. Click here to view and purchase albums featured in this issue.


Contents in the May 2021 Issue Include:

Cover: London-based saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings has become an international sensation on the jazz scene. The leader of multiple groups, Hutchings' band Sons of Kemet won the category Rising Star–Jazz Group in our 2019 Critics Poll. Sons of Kemet’s forthcoming release, Black To The Future, is an ambitious, stunning album. Hutchings’ social commentary, adventurous compositions and dance-worthy grooves have enabled him to expand the audience for jazz around the world.


  • Wadada Leo Smith discusses his new trio release Sun Beans Of Shimmering Light
  • Bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton & Bonegasm present their sophomore effort Not A Novelty
  • Reed School—This special section includes a Master Class by acclaimed saxophonist Mark Turner, reviews of new gear and more!