Liner Notes

Liner Notes

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Rabbi Neil Blumofe examines jazz greats and history in this week's Liner Notes.More from Liner Notes »

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Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, discusses the transitional music stylings of Sidney Bechet, using his legacy as a model for...

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell was an American jazz guitarist known as the "Godfather of Fusion". In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, uses the complex fusion of Larry Coryell's music to reflect on our own sense of contradicting feeling and give us the courage to face and exist in these many worlds...

Jason Marsalis

Jason Marsalis is an American jazz drummer and member of the Marsalis family of musicians. He worked as a sideman in mainstream jazz, funk, and jazz fusion groups, as well as with esteemed pianist, Marcus Roberts. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, uses Jason Marsalis' freedom in self-expression to...

James Moody

James Moody was an American jazz saxophone and flute player, playing predominantly in the bebop and hard bop styles. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, talks about how the versatility of James Moody can teach us to embrace the complexity of human nature.

Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann was an American jazz player, most noted for being among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute as an important early practitioner of world music. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, uses the life and music of Herbie Mann to emphasize the need for sharing...

Booker Little, Jr.

Booker Little, Jr., was an American Jazz trumpeter and composer, performing with John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy until his early death at the age of 23. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, uses the music and legacy of Booker Little to remind us of the fragility of life and...

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer, and was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, a term he invented with the name of his 1961 album. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe, uses the improvisatory style of Ornette...

Allen Toussaint (1.15.17)

Allen Toussaint was an American musician, songwriter and record producer who's legacy largely defined our imagined connection to the story of New Orleans. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe talks about what the music of Toussaint can teach us today about the value of human connection and the power...

Cassandra Wilson (12.4.16)

Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz vocalist, composer and songwriter who remains one of the most prominent American voices on the jazz scene. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what we can learn from Wilson's life and work.

Roy Hargrove (10.16.16)

Roy Hargrove is an American jazz trumpeter who made a name for himself in the early 90s with his first solo record Diamond in The Rough and went on to record with jazz greats like Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine and others. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe...

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