Herbie Hancock is looking back at a legendary career in jazz.
For decades, he has been one of the most influential figures in jazz music. As a pianist and later keyboardist, he has made important contributions to the genre.
The new memoir, "Possibilities", explores the jazz pianist's work as a sideman with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s. Also covered is the legendary Mwandishi Sextet and Hancock's chart-topping mid 70s jazz-funk recordings, in addition to his Buddhist spiritual practice.
Jazz Night In America, a new program from NPR Music, is now airing on Friday nights on KIOS at 8pm.
Hosted by veteran jazz bassist Christian McBride, this new program utilizes a number of media platforms to present live jazz concerts in a new and innovative way. There will be streaming video of the concerts available online and chat rooms available for fans to interact with musicians. The concerts will take place at a number of venues including Lincoln Center in New York, and at jazz festivals.
Joe Sample, legendary pianist and member of the jazz super group the Crusaders, passed away in September. He was 75. Sample died in his hometown of Houston, Texas on September 12 due to complications from lung cancer.
ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL 1.JOHNNY WINTER / STEP BACK / MEGAFORCE 2.MARCIA BALL / THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN / ALLIGATOR 3.MISSISSIPPI HEAT / WARNING SHOT / DELMARK 4.ROB STONE / GOTTA KEEP ROLLIN' / MARQUEE 5.GRADY CHAMPION / BOOTLEG WHISKEY / MALACO 6.ELVIN BISHOP / CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT / ALLIGATOR 7.BIG HARP GEORGE / CHROMATICISM / BLUES MOUNTAIN 8.MISSY ANDERSEN / IN THE MOMENT / MAIN SQUEEZE 9.ETTA BRITT / ETTA DOES DELBERT / BRITTUNES 10.JP SOARS / FULL MOON NIGHT IN MEMPHIS / SOARS HIGH
ORRIN EVANS – LIBERATION BLUES – Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1409
As a listener I appreciate an album that catches my attention through stimulating composition, improvisation and that spark that transpires between musicians during a good session. It is also pleasing when a CD's capacity is utilized to offer over seventy minutes of solid music that takes one unexpected places, both inside and outside the pocket. Pianist Orrin Evans' new release “Liberation Blues”embraces these qualities in stimulating fashion.
One of the most influential and popular of jazz artists, Horace Silver, passed away on June 18 at the age of 85. Born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver in Norwalk, CT in 1928, his father was an immigrant from the Cape Verde Islands. The creole rhythms from these islands were to have profound impact upon Silver's music and his successful career.
Playing With Fire, Omaha’s sizzling, free summer concert tradition, will take place this year at an expansive, new venue: seven-acre Turner Park with its iconic Pavilion and permanent stage. A free concert experience, open to the public, Playing with Fire’s 2014 schedule will play out over the course of two Thursday nights: June 26 and July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.
June 26: Opening act: Hector Anchondo Supporting act: Ben Poole Headliner: Jonas & the Massive Attraction