Chico Hamilton was a jazz drummer and band leader who began his career in California, playing with Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordan and others. He helped to develop an avant-garde sound in jazz in the late 50s and 60s that was, at the same time, accessible and elusive. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what the music and legacy of Chico Hamilton can teach us today.
Composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein had a lengthy storied career. His music speaks of the “can-do-ism” of Americans. It crossed through jazz, classical, musicals, television and movies. Bernstein is an iconic figure in our musical heritage.
Yusef Lateef was an American jazz mufti-instrumentalist, composer and educator who extended the possibilities of what it meant to understand and expand in the jazz genera with a universal sensibility. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe illustrates what the music and legacy of Lateef and his music can teach us about moving past our own ideas of fulfillment, beyond any limitations, to understand the possibilities and richness in the present moment.
Tony Bennett is an American singer and artist who began his career in the wake of WWII and became well known interpreting jazz standards and show tunes. As his career unfolds, and in partnership with his son Danny Bennett, he continues reinvent, not only himself, but also the history of his generation through his daring collaborations.
In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what Bennett’s life and work can teach us about continuing to challenge our notions of who we are, and in each moment recognize a new becoming.
Songwriter, pianist, singer and arranger Nina Simone is as well known for her contributions to music as she is for her activism. Simone’s musical style is a fusion of pop, gospel, blues and classical music. During the civil rights era Simone leveraged her popularity to spread the message of racial equality.