T-Bone Walker (5.28.17)

T-Bone Walker was an American Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who's sound and technique influenced generations of blues artists and helped create the foundation for what would become rock and roll. In this installment of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe talks about how the life and legacy of T-Bone Walker can...

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...

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...

Jon Faddis (7.24.16)

Jon Faddis is an American jazz trumpeter who is known, in part, for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, early in his career, and later with Dizzy Gillespie. Faddis, not only continues to re-imagine their works, but also to educate musicians on the importance of using jazz as a tool to communicate in our time. In...

Geri Allen (7.17.16)

Geri Allen is an American jazz pianist, composer and educator who continues to bridge the divides of time and space between the jazz of mid century America and today. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi Neil Blumofe talks about the significance of the life and work of Geri Allen.

Miles Davis' Second Quintet (6.18.16)

In addition to his prowess as a musician, Mikes Davis was a master teacher. Inspiring generations of instrumentalists, he is perhaps best known for encouraging a young group that became known as his Second Quintet. Along with Miles – Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams together contributed to the great furthering of...

Sun Ra (5.22.16)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Sun Ra.

Herby Hancock & Wayne Shorter (4.17.16)

Collaborations are special gifts in life connect us, not only to the present moment with another, but also to a shared sense of the past. In the latest installment of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the partnership between Herby Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and what their work together can teach...

Chick Corea (4.10.16)

Chick Corea is an American jazz composer and pianist, known for his ability to smoothly glide between jazz standards, avant-garde jazz and fusion. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and work of Chick Corea, and what his approach to music can teach us today.