February 28, 2008 |
Herbie Hancock will be the brightest name on the marquee for the 30th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 14 and 15. The surprise winner of the album of the year Grammy for "River: The Joni Letters," his take on Joni Mitchell's music, the veteran jazz pianist-composer plans to bring an all-star ensemble that includes tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta to his headline appearance on Sunday's program.
February 24, 2008 |
Numerous past Grammys already cluttered Herbie Hancock's shelves. He was kicking back in the audience at the recording academy's presentations two weeks ago after his "River -- The Joni Letters" had copped the award for best contemporary jazz album. Yeah, the record had also been nominated for album of the year. But could a release by an old jazz guy take that too? He couldn't imagine it. And Hancock has done some pretty good imagining.
February 11, 2008 |
Forget the strike, the 50th Annual Grammy Awards had more melodrama than any writer would have dared script -- Herbie Hancock staged an upset that rivaled this year's Super Bowl, Amy Winehouse beamed in from rehab, Kanye West demanded stage time to mourn his mother and, just to toss in some politics, even Barack Obama took home a trophy.
December 27, 2007 |
Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generations. Fellow jazz piano legend Dave Brubeck said he was "saddened by the news of Oscar's passing." Peterson died Sunday of kidney failure at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga.
December 22, 2007 |
Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter are the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid of jazz. Since they first joined forces in Miles Davis' classic quintet of the mid-'60s, their careers and their personal lives have, like the words of a song, "intertwined like the branches of a vine." Occasionally coming together over the years in different creative stages -- the V.S.O.P.
October 30, 2007 |
Say this about the Thelonious Monk Institute: It sure knows how to throw a good party. Sunday night's finals of the 20th annual Monk Jazz Competition at the Kodak Theatre had the glitz and glamour of a major award show, with the requisite presence of a star lineup that included Joni Mitchell, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson and Chris Botti, among others. It may not have been the Oscars, but if you are part of the jazz world, you had to be there.