The guitarist and composer says that in spite of all the styles of music he’s played — Indian Carnatic, classical, jazz, rock, blues — there’s always more to learn.
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s song “Ko-Ko” is perhaps one of the most important American recordings of all time. It’s widely considered to be the first be-bop song ever to be recorded. And even though it’s a 1945 recording, this is still the template for modern jazz. So where did be-bop come from? In some [...]
Over the years, many films have tried to capture the feeling and spirit of jazz. Bert Stern and Aram & George Avakian’s “Jazz on A Summer’s Day” brought us into the heart of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival through stunning cinematography and extended performances. In “Round Midnight,” Dexter Gordon brings the musician’s world to life, playing a [...]