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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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...

Jazz & the Art of the Other [Part One]

Sigmund Freud wrote: "every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. One's ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent." How are we complicit in dehumanizing others, and how are we in turn, dehumanized? How do we cope with the unsettling...

Jazz & the Art of the Other [Part Two]

Sigmund Freud wrote: "every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. One's ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent." How are we complicit in dehumanizing others, and how are we in turn, dehumanized? How do we cope with the unsettling...

Sam Rivers (9.25.16)

Samuel Carthorne Rivers was an America jazz musician and composer who's approach to jazz in the 50s and 60s added to the depth of voices coming out of the free jazz movement. Specifically River's was known for his "inside-outside" style that moved away from and then toward predicted patterns and melody's. In this edition of...

Jazz and The Art of The Other (9.18.16)

Sigmund Freud wrote: "every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. One's ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent." How are we complicit in dehumanizing others, and how are we in turn, dehumanized? How do we cope with the unsettling...

Branford Marsalis (8.28.16)

Branford Marsalis is an American jazz instrumentalist and composer whose work expands spaces and understandings of the role of jazz in almost every musical genre. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what the life and work of Branford Marsalis can teach us today.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk (8.7.16)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an American jazz tenor saxophone player who was known for his ability to play multiple instruments at once. He was an outspoken activist and was known also for his sense of humor on stage. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the lessons we...

Hank Jones (7.31.16)

Hank Jones was a American jazz piano player who's long career spanned over half a century. He played with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Marilyn Monroe and gained a reputation as an adaptive and supportive musician. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of...

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