I ran into Terence Blanchard backstage at the Thelonious Monk competition in D.C. just after launching this Digital Edition. We were jammed into a small room filled with jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter, Kurt Elling, Bobby McFerrin, McCoy Tyner, Earl Klugh, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and others. While Terence and I were talking about his new album and subsequent cover story in JAZZIZ, amidst the above crowd (who’ve all been on a JAZZIZ cover before), he somewhat curtly commented about how goofily he was portrayed the last time we put him on the cover. With some embarrassment, I told him that he’d never been on a JAZZIZ cover before. As bad as that made me feel, he felt even worse when he figured out it was another jazz magazine.
We’re over it now, and I love this cover (and I think Terence does too). Click on it to launch the October 2009 Digital Edition. Then try clicking on the headline “Rough Tracks” to jump to the conversation between Blanchard and outspoken scholar Cornel West. If you’d like to hear Blanchard and West actually speaking, click on the musical note that appears on the story’s opening spread.
Also in this issue: Dafnis Prieto, Norah Jones, Ted Kooshian, Manhattan Transfer, George Wein, Stephon Harris, Jackie Allen, Sam Yahel, Dan Siegel, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Jason Marsalis and a tribute to Michael Brecker. Be sure to click on the album covers to hear the music.