Interview: Herbie Hancock, Musician And Author Of 'Possibilities' Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities. Jessica Hancock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption itoggle caption Jessica Hancock/Courtesy of the artist Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities. Jessica Hancock/Courtesy of the artist An analysis of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue What is a classic album? Not a classical album – a classic album. One definition would be a recording that is both of superb quality and of enduring significance. I would suggest that Miles Davis’s 1959 recording Kind of Blue is indubitably a classic. The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll : A Blog Supreme Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption itoggle caption Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist
Gilad Hekselman's Essential Jazz Listening Jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman has created quite a buzz in the jazz community. In 2004, he arrived in New York, a student in his early twenties who had just received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship to attend The New School in New York. In 2005, Hekselman won the Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition and the following year, he opened for legendary flamenco player Paco de Lucia at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2006, he released his debut album Splitlife to enthusiastic reviews. Hekselman has performed with many jazz greats including John Scofield and Mark Turner, and in 2012 he was featured on Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy-winning album “Radio Music Society.” Released in 2013 on JazzVillage, a sub-label of the revered Harmonia Mundi, Hekselman’s fourth album, This Just In, shows the guitarist’s growth and refinement in a very short time.
Joe Locke's Essential Jazz Listening Joe Locke is a renowned jazz vibraphone player who has recorded with everyone from Grover Washington Jr. and Kenny Barron to the Münster Symphony Orchestra and the Beastie Boys. The Jazz Journalists Association presented Locke the “Mallet Player of the Year” award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and he has won Golden Ear Awards for “2005 Concert of the Year” and “2007 Concert of the Year.” Locke, the son of a classics professor, was raised in Rochester, New York and learned to play piano and drums at an early age. By the time he was 13, Locke had taken up vibraphone and during his teens, he studied with pianist Phil Markowitz and bassist Steve Davis. Locke has performed as a sideman on over 60 records ranging from Rod Stewart’s It Had to be You to Dianne Reeves’s Bridges. As a band leader, Locke has put out over 30 recordings, the latest of which, Love is a Pendulum has received superlative reviews.
North America's Best Jazz Clubs Jazz music is one of America’s great art forms, a musical blend of cultures — West African rhythms, elements of spirituals and the blues, and America’s marching band instruments, brass and reeds — that evolved throughout the 20th century. Its blooming spread across the nation. Jazz started off as a type of dance music played by self-taught instrumentalists in New Orleans, which was performed in brothels and bars. Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul : A Blog Supreme hide captionCannonball Adderley. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Two words best encapsulate the music of alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley: "joy" and "soul." It's those two qualities that helped make it possible for Cannonball's music to bridge the post-bop of the 1950s and '60s and the jazz fusion of the '70s and beyond. As well as leading his own groups, he was part of the group Miles Davis used to record the landmark Kind of Blue.
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