By Ayana Contreras, Downbeat Samara Joy is a self-possessed, deeply emotive vocalist, with power that usually takes a lot of living to master. But the Purchase College graduate has got … Read More
by Ayana Contreras, Downbeat “Trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius’ thirst for social justice is evident on his leader debut, Live From The Prison Nation. “Movements transform people from individuals to a collective”: … Read More
By Ayana Contreras, DownBeat Lakecia Benjamin’s approach to jazz is influenced by the belief that Black music of all genres has a shared lineage.The bandleader said she first picked up … Read More
By Ayana Contreras, Downbeat Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ heritage manifests itself in her music in ways that both surprise and delight her. Read this full feature here.