Herbie Hancock

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature the soundtrack to the 1986 film “Round Midnight.” The movie starred Dexter Gordon in a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. The soundtrack itself won an Oscar for Best Original Score. Herbie Hancock was the prime mover behind the soundtrack. Besides production credits, Hancock plays on the album as do Dexter Gordon, Freddy Hubbard, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin and many more.

Motéma Music

October is the Centenary month of the birth of the extremely influential pianist and composer, Thelonious Sphere Monk. That’s the reason that our selection for the October CD of the Month is by the 14-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander. Not only does he play the music of Monk, he cites Thelonious as his strongest influence and inspiration. Joey was only 6 years on his Indonesian island of birth, Bali, when he was able to identify the melody of Monk’s Well, You Needn’t.

Happy Video Network

It sounds like the musical lineup for a major jazz festival: the Herbie Hancock group, Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bobby Watson’s All-Star Quartet and Kansas City Jump Band and Eliane Elias. Well, there is no festival in Denver this week, but all of these players are on tap here over the coming seven days.            

All About Jazz

Manuel Valera came to the USA  from Cuba as a saxophonist. But once in the US, Valera turned to the piano full time as a student at New York University. Beginning with his debut release in 2004, Forma Nueva, Valera established an attractive blend of Latin styles and post-bop jazz in his music with several different bands. At Dazzle on Thursday, he is in town with one of them – a trio that has Hans Glawischnig on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums.

Happy Birthday to Herbie Hancock!

Apr 12, 2017
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Born in Chicago on April 12 in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He also developed a passion for electronics and science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.

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