Nat King Cole

Liner Notes

Nat King Cole

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

Singer Nat King Cole is well known for his smooth baritone voice, but he started his career as a jazz pianist. His popularity grew through radio and eventually television as he sang a broad range of tunes, including pop music.

Johnny Hodges

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Johnny Hodges

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015

Johnny Hodges was an American jazz alto saxophonist best known for his work with Duke Ellington’s big band and Billy Strayhorn. His sound was so smooth and melodic that Duke Ellington said, just his tone could bring a tear to your eye.

In this installment of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what it means to add your voice to an ensemble, and to know that no matter how big of an impression you make it is but a blink of an eye in the cosmic landscape.

Art Pepper

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Art Pepper

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Art Pepper began his career in the late 40s playing with big bands. He was known for his comebacks after being repeatedly thrown in prison for heroine. After each prison stint, he would continue to stretch his career even further each time. Art played with a sense of urgency and sensuality that changed the world forever.