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.

Terell Stafford (4.3.16)

Terell Stafford is an American jazz trumpeter and current Director of Jazz Studies at the at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what Stafford's music and perspective brings to discussions about jazz and American identity today.

Ben Webster (3.27.16)

Ben Webster was an American jazz saxophonist who helped to shape the musical landscape of the 20th century. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Ben Webster.

Terrance Blanchard (3.13.16)

Terrance Blanchard is an American jazz trumpet player, composer, and bandleader whose music has helped to shape the sound of distress and anguish, but ultimately hope in the 21st century. His sound continues to evolve as he creates more moving and poignant pieces and soundtracks that speak to the discontent in America due to racial...

Sonny Clark (2.28.16)

What can we learn from the life and legacy of Sonny Clark? He was instrumental to the development of bebop and American music in the mid 20th century, not only as one who created and recorded his own tunes, but one who supported the dreams and visions of others as well. In this edition of...

Oscar Pettiford (1.31.16)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of bassist, cellist, and composer Oscar Pettiford.

Paul Bley (1.10.16)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of the late jazz pianist Paul Bley.

Herbie Nichols (1.3.16)

In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Herbie Nichols.

Earl Hines (12.27.15)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, talks about the life and legacy of American jazz pianist and bandleader Earl "Fatha" Hines.