The 2016 big band renaissance marches on with the Dick Oates/Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra's action-packed Hancock nod, A Tribute To Herbie+1 (Summit Records) in which the legendary piano player's acclaimed '60s and '70s catalog is combed through to pick eight gems. It proves to be a whole new way to dig Herbie Hancock and I, for one, love it.
It's a large benefit for an artist when they can listen and understand the advice of their elders. As Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter said in an open letter penned to young and budding talent, your elders "are a source of wealth in the form of wisdom."
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, now in its 46th year, has posted its 2016 lineup. Concurrent with its aim in providing listeners with best and most relevant in jazz, blues and rock, the festival kicks off April 22 and spans two weekends at New Orleans' City Park.
The jazz world has lost two great figures this week--the latest being Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was also the first American musician to perform in Iran since the 1979 revolution. He was 58 years old.
Former CEO of Blue Note records and a most major figure in jazz, Bruce Lundvall, who had been battling a neurological disorder has passed away. Following recent surgery, Lundvall failed to regain consciousness. He was 79 years old.
Thelonius Sphere Monk III has made a compelling argument for the entire genre of jazz. He feels that jazz can pedal it's way into the mainstream via the similar "bells and whistles" that make other forms of music inherently popular.
Branford Marsalis, brother to the esteemed Wynton, has toured the world with some of jazz's greatest minds: Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. In a recent interview at the San Antonio Current, Marsalis talks everything from classical to his gripe with Jay Z.
With the Grammys gala hitting network television this Sunday, a laundry list of new performers has been added to the bill. New additions include Beck, Sia, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and, once again, a Classicalite favorite: Lang Lang.
There are many great acts that have passed the "Sesame Street" threshold, sure, but a new video has surfaced of Herbie Hancock playing to puppets and children alike. And on this episode, kids, he demonstrates the Fairlight Computer Music Instrument synthesizer.
Jazz legend, fourteen-time Grammy award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Herbie Hancock opened up about his life and career in his highly anticipated memoir, Possibilities. To celebrate, Hancock and New Yorker magazine critic Sasha Frere-Jones discussed the details and answered audience prompted questions Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinema as part of the Unbound: A Literary Series.
A classically trained pianist since the age of 7, Herbie Hancock did not predict his success would be in music, let alone the world of jazz. In fact, he went to college for engineering. To divulge how that pivotal change happened leading to his fourteen Grammy awards and his long anticipated memoir, 'Possibilities,' Hancock and New Yorker magazine critic Sasha Frere-Jones laid it all out in front of a nearly sold out audience on Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinema as part of the Unbound: A Literary Series.
Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, is the man on everyone’s mind this week as he dropped his fifth studio album "Your Dead!" on Warp Records. The 40-minute trip into the nut of Afrofuturism in hip-hop features jazz legend Herbie Hancock alongside Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. Lotus, who will appear at Terminal 5 and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, recently sat down with The New York Times, who penned him a composer. A coveted title, indeed, Lotus sited Miles Davis as an inspiration for "Your Dead!"
In support of the upcoming Wayne Shorter documentary Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity, directed by Dorsay Alavi, donors were treated to a backyard show consisting of Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and more.
Herbie Hancock and Sasha Frere-Jones will engage in a no doubt sharp and informative conversation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in late October, as part of Unbound: A Literary Series. Presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore, the Unbound series brings today’s prominent literary figures to Brooklyn for the official world launch of their latest work.
The Colorado Symphony continues to take on the lax style of laws in their home state for themselves. Earlier in May they announced their “Classicaly Cannabis: The High Note Series” concerts will remain intact on an invite-only basis. Now, the Colorado Symphony will allow alcoholic drinks into the performance hall. To wit, the musicians themselves are no longer required to wear tuxedos.