Music Journalism


Allen Morrison is a music journalist who covers jazz, pop and American roots music with the sensitivity and inside knowledge that come from being an accomplished musician himself — as well as a lifetime of hanging around musicians and the music business.  His is a contributing writer to DownBeat and JazzTimes; his work has also appeared in Jazziz, The Guardian, Departures, and American Songwriter. Recent published articles include:

Feature: Composer Maria Schneider takes on Google and the “Data Lords” (DownBeat, Dec. 2016 cover story)

Feature: Troubled Genius: the Making of Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” (DownBeat, April 2016 cover story)

Feature: Rufus Reid: Still Evolving (DownBeat – June 2014) 

Feature: Saxophonist Craig Handy – Serious Fun (DownBeat, March 2014)

Feature: “Donald Fagen: An Eminent Hipster Speaks” (DownBeat, December 2013)

Review: “Vocalists–From ‘Trad’ to Rad” (DownBeat, December 2013)

Review: “Ben Monder – Hydra” (DownBeat, November 2013)”

Feature: “Gregory Porter – The Storyteller” (DownBeat, October 2013)

Feature: “Tia Fuller — From Bebop to Beyonce´ & Back” (August 2013)

Feature: “Bobby McFerrin – Lyrical and Spiritual” (DownBeat, July 2013)

Article: “New York Voices Celebrates 25 Years with First Live Album” (DownBeat, June 2013)

Feature: “Free to Be Jane Monheit” (DownBeat, June 2013)

Review: “D’Rivera Resurrects Charlie Parker With Strings” – DownBeat, April 2013

Feature: “Making the Invisible Visible” – Interview with Wayne Shorter Quartet Members Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade (DownBeat, March 2013)

Feature: Wynton Marsalis – Profoundly Grateful (DownBeat, Dec. 2012)

Review: Trio da Paz Honors Getz and Gilberto at Dizzy’s (DownBeat, Dec. 2012)

Review: Jim Hall Quartet at Birdland ( Oct. 16, 2012)

Article: Wynton Marsalis Opens Jazz @ Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar (, Oct. 1, 2012)

Feature: Luciana Souza – Distill Everything (DownBeat, Oct. 2012)

Live Review: Enfants Terribles Rethink Standards at New York’s Blue Note (DownBeat, Sept. 2012)

Live Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center (DownBeat, July 2012)

Album Review: Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream (American Songwriter, July 2012)

Interview:  Re-Imagining Porgy and Bess (DownBeat May 2012)

Feature: Glen Campbell: Memory Maker (American Songwriter, Jan/Feb 2012 issue)

Column: Behind the Song: Wichita Lineman (American Songwriter, Jan/Feb. 2012 issue)

Live Review: “Luciana Souza Brings Warmth to New York”  (

Live Review: Monty Alexander at Jazz at Lincoln Center” (”

Feature Interview: Singer/Songwriter Sarah Siskind (from American Songwriter)

Live Review: Vince Gill and Sting Team Up for “Ultimate” CMT Crossroads (from American Songwriter)

CD Review:  The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 2  (from  American Songwriter Magazine)

CD Review – Blake Shelton: Red River Blue (from American Songwriter)