NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp

August 31, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp is interviewed by guest producer Lydia Liebman in Washington, DC, before receiving his award.  Shepp reflects on his illustrious career and shares his thoughts about John Coltrane, his record label Archieball, and what the word 'jazz' means to him. 

Pulitzer Prize Winner Henry Threadgill

August 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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The composer and saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill wins the Pulitzer Prize for his recording In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Pi Recordings). He talks about that suite of music, his new band The Double Up Ensemble, plus belonging to the AACM for over 50 years.

Headhunter Mike Clark Brings The Rhythm

August 4, 2016 by Josh Landes
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Drummer Mike Clark played in the classic 70's line up of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band. He sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker to talk about his experiences in that groundbreaking group.

Herbie Hancock performs August 11th in Prospect Park.

Herbie Hancock & Sampling: Fusion On The Checkout

August 4, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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During our #HerbieWeek celebration, Stevan "Vegas" Smith paid tribute to Herbie Hancock through the lens of Hip-Hop. It's a glimpse into the world of music sampling and Herbie's connection with Hip-Hop.

Herbie Hancock debuts his new band at Celebrate Brooklyn on Thursday, August 11th.

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Lionel Loueke on Rock, Montreal, & Herbie

August 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Gaia stands for Mother Earth in Greek mythology and it's the name of Lionel Loueke's latest Blue Note offering. The guitarist sits down with Simon Rentner at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to talk about his listening habits growing up in West Africa, from Jimi Hendrix to Mariam Makeba, plus he shares his favorite all-time Herbie Hancock composition.

Lionel Loueke plays Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell with Herbie Hancock Thursday, August 11th.

A Conversation with Herbie Hancock

August 1, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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The groundbreaking pianist and composer is on the verge of releasing a new album, some of that music to be showcased in concert at Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Thursday, August 11th. Hancock gives a rare interview about his recent collaborations with Flying Lotus and Jacob Collier, and discusses the many inventive ways he's exercising his creativity today, from education to NASA.