1. Watch Aretha Franklin Pay Tribute to Prince With 'Purple Rain' at White House Jazz Concert

    May 01, 2016 1:45 PM EDT “There is something fearless and true about jazz,” President Barack Obama said in his opening remarks Friday (April 29) at the White House concert celebrating the fifth annual International Jazz Day -- and despite the fact that the show was being recorded for broadcast on national television …

  2. Watch President Obama Celebrate International Jazz Day With an All-Star Concert April 30 on ABC

    April 30, 2016 8:40 AM EDT "Not a bad venue, right?" asks UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, chairman of International Jazz Day, and living jazz legend Herbie Hancock jokingly, after mention of what’s sure to be the genre’s biggest event of the year: an all-star jazz concert, broadcast from the South Lawn of the…

  3. President Obama to Host International Jazz Day Concert at White House

    March 30, 2016 8:50 PM EDT Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Sting, Herbie Hancock and many other established and up-and-coming musical artists will be featured. International Jazz Day, one of the world's biggest celebrations of jazz, is coming to the White House. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, plan to…

  4. Terrace Martin Explains Producing Albums for YG & Herbie Hancock at the Same Time

    March 09, 2016 3:29 PM EST Terrace Martin 's production credits are as impressive as they are eclectic -- the jazz-reared saxophonist has been behind the boards on projects by everyone from Snoop Dogg to Lalah Hathaway to Kendrick Lamar 's Grammy-winning To Pimp a Butterfly . But 2016 is bringing Martin a…

  5. Herbie Hancock Joins Luc Besson's 'Valerian'

    December 12, 2015 4:32 PM EST Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are already cast in the sci-fi epic. Herbie Hancock has joined the cast of Luc Besson's sci-fi epic  Valerian . The French director announced the news on Instagram Saturday morning, informing followers that "Herbie Hancock is a legend. His music was my…

  6. Herbie Hancock Working on New Album, Eyeing Collabs with Pharrell Williams and Others

    October 20, 2015 1:36 AM EDT Herbie Hancock plans to go on "lockdown" after he receiving a National Arts Award from the Americans for the Arts on Monday (Oct. 19) -- at least until he finishes his next album. The renowned keyboardist is planning a follow-up to 2010's The Imagine Project , though what…

  7. Thundercat Shares First Song Off Surprise Mini-Album 'The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam'

    June 18, 2015 12:30 PM EDT Thundercat , the mind-bending bassist/singer-songwriter who's been quietly contributing to some of the year's buzziest releases (Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington 's The Epic among them), is back with new music of his own for the first time in two…

  8. Wayne Shorter on Miles Davis, Kanye West, & the Music of the Future

    May 15, 2015 8:31 PM EDT Speaking with Wayne Shorter , whose prolific career has placed him solidly in jazz's canon, is nothing if not amusing. Legendary for his compositions and and compatriots alike (he's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Santana to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), Shorter…

  9. Grammys 2015: Ed Sheeran Performs 'Thinking Out Loud' with Questlove, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer

    February 08, 2015 9:11 PM EST The past year's favorite rust-headed troubadour brought the emotion during a performance of his spare, guitar-driven "Thinking Out Loud" at the Grammys , with a legendary backing band made up of Questlove on drums, Herbie Hancock on keys and John Mayer on lead guitar.…

  10. James Taylor & Paul Simon Play Benefit for Late Jazz Great Michael Brecker

    January 21, 2015 5:24 AM EST James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Taylor, who Brecker's widow said had the flu, performed "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" -- the first song…

  11. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video…

  12. Hancock Honored at Jazz Benefit Concert at Apollo

    October 26, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict…

  13. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict Past in New Memoir

    October 24, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In an excerpt from his new memoir Herbie Hancock : Possibilities (Viking, Oct. 23), the legendary jazz keyboardist (14 years clean) recounts the night his wife and daughter held an intervention. Ever since I'd first smoked crack cocaine , I had been trying without success to stop. I…

  14. Herbie Hancock Named Harvard Professor of Poetry

    January 10, 2014 9:37 PM EST The jazz musician will give six lectures next month Herbie Hancock: Grammy winner, jazz icon -- and, soon, Harvard professor. The pianist and composer is Harvard University's 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry, Rolling Stone reports . He'll deliver six lectures next month as part of…

  15. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the…

  16. Barack Obama: 10 Best Songs About The President

    November 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable performances. This week, amidst Obama's…

  17. Cee Lo Green Tapped for NFL Song; X-Ecutioners' Rob Swift Joining ESPNU

    August 15, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Sports and music have a long, tangled history, from Julio Iglesias' short stint playing goalie for Real Madrid to No Limit's Master P's (short-term) NBA contract to Lil Wayne's trenchant analysis on his ESPN blog. With a pair of unrelated music-sports news items today, the…

  18. Grammys Restore Best Latin Jazz Album Award

    June 08, 2012 11:10 AM EDT A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album. The Recording Academy announced Friday in a statement to The…

  19. Ronnie Montrose's Death Ruled A Suicide

    April 10, 2012 6:25 PM EDT The Mar. 3 death of Ronnie Montrose , the famed rock guitarist who helped launch Sammy Hagar's career, has been ruled a suicide. According to Guitar Player , the San Mateo County Coroner's Office reported on Apr. 6 that the 64-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and…

  20. Rock Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dies at 64

    March 05, 2012 7:15 AM EST Gave Sammy Hagar His Big Break: 'It's a Shame to Lose Ronnie,' Red Rocker Says Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and helped launch the career of Sammy Hagar, has died. His booking agent, Jim Douglas, says Montrose died Saturday at his home…

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