Tag: Herbie Hancock

What to Watch on Qwest TV This Weekend

Like Netflix, Qwest TV offers plenty of binge-worthy material, including live concert recordings from festivals as prestigious as the Montreux Jazz Festival and Jazz a Vienne, masterclasses by today’s leading musicians and rare historical footage.

Herbie Hancock – “Driftin'”

Keyboard legend Herbie Hancock kicked off his wildly successful recording career on this day (May 28) in 1962 with the release of his debut album as a leader, Takin’ Off.

International Jazz Day Celebrates the ‘Universal Language of Peace’

Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the chairman of the newly named Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, had a message for the thousands of spectators on hand at the Hamer Auditorium in Melbourne, Australia, on April 30, as well as for the millions of fans watching him online via live web stream: “Jazz,” he said, “is the universal language of peace.”

Herbie Hancock with Buster Williams – “Toys”

Bassist Buster Williams was born on this day in Camden, New Jersey, in 1942. One of the most prolific bassists in jazz, Williams was a seminal figure in the bebop movement and played a crucial role in developing the sound of the bass in modal jazz, cool jazz and other post-bop genres.

Dig In: The Essential Electric Miles Playlist

Taken with an open ear and an open mind, the recordings from Miles’ Electric Period offer some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and weirdly exhilarating music of his career.

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