Past Event

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

Three leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2019.

This year’s panel:

Martin Johnson
Since 1984, New York City-based writer Martin Johnson has contributed articles on music to a wide variety of publications, including Vogue, Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsday, numerous other outlets and four books. He also writes about sports, craft beer, gender and age issues. You can usually find him in the back of the jazz club, either smiling on the inside or grinning outwardly.

Shannon J. Effinger
Shannon J. Effinger has been a freelance arts journalist for over a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in Downbeat, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Bandcamp, EBONY, JazzTimes and Jazziz, among others. She’s also written playbills for HarlemStage and Carnegie Hall. Recently she was interviewed for the documentary UNIVERSE, the rediscovered orchestral suite by Wayne Shorter written more than fifty years ago for Miles Davis, and left unrecorded and largely untouched until now by Davis’ protégé, trumpeter Wallace Roney. She lives and works in Harlem.

Will Layman
Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC’s “Soundcheck” as a jazz critic. He plays rock, funk, and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation’s capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.