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Throwback: Herbie Hancock Walks Sesame Street and Demonstrates the Fairlight CMI Synthesizer

Throwback: Herbie Hancock Walks 'Sesame Street,' Demonstrates Fairlight Synthesizer >>

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.

Sachal Studios Orchestra

Sachal Studios Orchestra Covers The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” on 'Jazz and All That' Album >>

Thanks to Open Culture, we can all revel in the sounds and images of Sachal Studios Orchestra's cover of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” from the orchestra's 2013 'Jazz and All That' album.

Sun Ra

Professor Sun Ra Talks Idiosyncrasies of Jazz and Religion in University of California, Berkeley Lectures >>

Sun Ra was arguably out of his gourd, and yet his idiosyncratic interpretations of jazz, religion and basically anything under the golden sun have marked him as close to an "otherworldly being" as anything like "Afrofuturism" ever had.

VIDEO: Harvard's Herbie Hancock Delivers First of Six Lectures as Part of the Norton's Professor of Poetry Series

The Ethics of Jazz: Harvard's Herbie Hancock Delivers First Three Lectures as Norton Professor of Poetry [VIDEO] >>

As one of the more--er, most--prestigious and distinguished lectures, the latest series comes to us from, yes, Harvard's Norton Lectures. And yet, following in the footsteps of comrade T.S. Eliot and American traditionalist Robert Frost, Herbie Hancock delivered his 6-installment series from the footsteps of the most notable American institution for higher education.

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