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Listen to Kareem’s Custom Spotify Playlist Created for IconocLIST

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made a personalized Spotify playlist to correspond with IconocLIST, airing December 10, 2016 at 10 pm on MSNBC. Listen to Kareem's Spotify playlist... Or play from Spotify.com [share title="Share Online" facebook="true" twitter="true" google_plus="true" linkedin="false"...
Remembering Michael Jackson

Remembering Michael Jackson

"Whenever I saw Michael Jackson he seemed to be so fragile and overwhelmed by the circumstances that he had to deal with in his life. My own experience with the corrosive effects of fame and...
Unity Returns

Unity Returns

It's always a pleasure to share something that you find thrilling. The possibility that others might be the thrilled makes sharing such a pleasure. I recently got a bunch of Blue Note discs for my...
Jazz Review: Nina Simone’s Protest Anthology

Jazz Review: Nina Simone’s Protest Anthology

Jazz singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone once said, “An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” Nothing reflects the turmoil of Nina’s times or her commitment to improving those times than her newly...
What’s goin’ on across this land?

What’s goin’ on across this land?

The following lyrics are from a song about a soldier returning from war who’s trying to catch up on what he’s missed while being overseas. Hey, baby, what you know good? I’m just gettin’ back,...
My Interview with Carole King

My Interview with Carole King

I was treated to some fine singing while doing a skit for "The Colbert Report." None other than Carole King was the lady at the piano, and it was a treat to hear her perform...
Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters: Smooth sailing  Kareem_hancock

Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters: Smooth sailing Kareem_hancock

It’s easy to dislike Herbie Hancock.  The man is 67 and looks 40!  (Someone needs to check his attic for that hidden Dorian Gray portrait.)  But then you listen to his music and you are...
Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus

I received an inquiry in February from Jacques who wanted to know if Sonny Rollins plays the saxophone on the Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You" album.  The answer is yes. It is always a pleasure to...
Jazz Lives

Jazz Lives

I recently had the pleasure of catching a performance of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which is now touring, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.  They played at the Pepperdine University Performing Arts Center in...