Congratulations to pianist and Duke University Press author Randy Weston, who was just elected to DownBeat magazine’s Hall of Fame in the magazine’s 64th Annual International Critics Poll. Weston, who is the author of African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, becomes the 144 th member of the Hall of Fame, joining such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. DownBeat editor Bobby Reed writes that “the ever-youthful Randy Weston has expanded listeners’ understanding of what jazz is, how it originated, and where it can go. . . We’re thrilled to welcome him into the DownBeat Hall of Fame.” The full poll results will appear in the magazine’s August issue, which hits newsstands on July 19.