Willie “The Lion” Smith

Liner Notes

Willie “The Lion” Smith

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

Willie “The Lion” Smith defined what it meant to be a stride, jazz piano player in 20th century America. As an and African-American Jew, Smith approached the magnitude of WWI, and the early 1900s with a kaleidoscope of perspectives. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, explores what the life, music, and legacy of Smith can teach us today.

Ornette Coleman

Liner Notes

Ornette Coleman

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

Improvisation in jazz and Ornette Coleman could be considered synonymous. Coleman’s style on alto saxophone led to the genre called free jazz in the 1960s. He’s performed with countltess musicians for more than 60 years.