Excellent Documentary Footage On The Miles Davis Quintet
Check out this with great interview segments with Miles, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams. I’d never seen this before but it’s a wonderful 14-mnute crash course on of the most complex and intuitive ensembles in jazz history.
-Michael CuscunaView Video
Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage
Ah, this brings back memories. This performance of “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter and Tony Williams comes from the first Mt Fuji/Blue Note Jazz Festival, an event for which I was musical director and co-producer for 10 years. It was a great even musically and a yearly reunion for many of us amid the beauty of rural Japan. The Japanese audiences are truly amazing.View Video
Herbie Hancock Birthday: April 12, 1940
This 1987 episode of Marian McPArtland’s Piano Jazz features Herbie Hancock in conversation about his early years in Chicago, his Blue Note years, the film “‘Round Midnight” and his many projects. He plays gorgeous solo versions of “Chan’s Song” and “Dolphin Dance.” Beyond his extraordinary talent, Herbie’s a warm, brilliant person and that comes through in this conversation.
-Michael CuscunaRead More
International Jazz Day 2013 Slated for April 30 in Turkey
Turkey will host The second annual International Jazz Day, as declared by UNESCO, in Istanbul on April 30. UNESCO good-will ambassador and Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute chair Herbie Hancock is spearheading the proceedings, which will honor Turkey’s role in jazz.Read More
Fusion: Music Defying Definition
Fusion is a musical category no one has been able to define because it contains so many diverse artists. Basically, in 1969, it was coined to mean a fusion of jazz and rock. By 1970, it came to mean anything that was successful and pure jazz audiences hated. The audio examples on this NPR piece glimpse the diversity of what was going on in the ‘70s. Fusion continues and has exploded its boundaries well beyond the music created 30 years ago.
-Michael CuscunaRead More
Behind the New Romance of Music Buyers with Vinyl Records
I knew something was up, when my neighbor’s teenage son starting coming home carrying used vinyl jazz records he’d bought. (That day: Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters.) Now the news is spreading: more listeners across the country, and notably, young listeners, are buying music on vinyl –- and the gear to play it. This article from USA Today lays out some of the reasons why interest in vinyl is on the upswing – and why I’m planning to keep my records.
-Nick MoyRead More
Shirley Horn sings Jobim
Look in on Shirley Horn’s devastatingly direct performance of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Once I Loved,” recorded in Sao Paulo at this Jobim tribute in 1994. In this all-star group, Ron Carter’s bass speaks with notable eloquence. Have patience with Herbie Hancock’s introduction; he’s rendered virtually speechless by the end. Thanks to @in2jazz for pointing to this remarkable clip.
-Nick MoyView Video