Pure Jazz Magazine covers the music called Jazz from a very unique perspective not seen in most publications.
works as instructor, judge in their youth Jazz competitions, and mentors to a new generation as they learn, and create the new in Monk’s legacy. As director, he overseas new young talent, provides music education and inspiration. It is a position he took in 2009 and still maintains. The youngsters get music education here with teachings of this master blending truths into consciousness. Explore his music, and its limitless possibilities. I am an humble artist looking forward to his next recording and future collaborations. My mind thinks of young violinist Eric Stanley, and even veteran Rap icon Mr. Cheeks-- two artists who can bring new “future shocks.” The historical highlights of Herbie’s career include passing on the legacy not only the formative period with Miles (where everyone in the Quintet went on to form their own group), but growth in forming his own bands-- from the V.S.O.P, to Mawadini to Head Hunters. The journey into Jazz avenues of uncharted sound, Hancock’s Jazz is a musical adventure in listening, absorbing, and love of his varied sounds. Ultimately, Herbie Hancock is giving us the keys to Jazz doors that will remain open… Understanding the most important consideration making original music isn’t to focus on wealth, but on notes beating from inside the heart of the artist’s soul. JAZZ speaks to our humanness. For Herbie Hancock, the greater purpose is, “…the desire to apply my humanism, and humanistic vision toward the goal of world peace not just through my music but with every means at my disposal.” His success can forever be traced to the moment he touched 6-year-old Levester’s piano to one his parents gave him—to his current “arsenal of electronic instruments” which now includes; piano, E-MU Polyphonic keyboard, Clavitar, Waves Minimoog, Prophet-5, Oberheim 8 Voice, Yamaha CS-80 ARP 2600, Hohner D6 Clavinet, Rhodes 88 Suitcase Piano, Steiner EVL, Sennheiser Vocoder, WLM Organ, Linn- Moffett Drum, Modified Apple II Plus Microcomputer, and Roland CR-70. Herbie’s current crew on average has worked with him eight to ten years. They include; James Genus, of the Saturday Night Live house band on bass, Lionel Loueke, a guitar legend from West Africa, Trevor Lawrence, Jr, the famed session drummer, and Terrance Martin, the multiinstrumentalist, and mastermind of To Pimp a Butterfly on saxophone. A practicing Buddhist for 40 years, he’s keenly aware of a higher purpose beyond music, Herbie Hancock’s lifetime contributions are ACTUAL PROOF --character and hard work bring extraordinary results. It’s remarkable even in these times that a highly skilled JAZZ legend is among us. His boundless, ageless music will always be celebrated for not one song sounds the same. For this, we are eternally grateful to Herbie Hancock as one who worked with icons and is one himself. A musician’s musician--- still curious to discover, and share unique universal sounds, which enrich us. Thank you, Herbie Hancock! Consider piano lessons from Herbie Hancock? Thanks to the web you can Visit Here... Patricia A. Kelly is a freelance writer. She is currently editing a book about Gil Scott Heron... “Live Jazz” Needs your SUPPORT EVERYDAY It keeps us moving forward BECOME A MEMBER of Pure Jazz Herbie Hancock VISIT HERE Page 46 - Pure Jazz Magazine
Where the Music & the Universe Meet 100 years ago James Reese Europe introduced Europeans to Ragtime and early Jazz during World War 1. When they heard the music by today’s vernacular “the band blew up”. Noble Sissle said when the “Jazz germ” hit France it spread everywhere they went. Europe’s accomplishments have not been forgotten. By Dr Mambo James Reese Europe musician and bandleader made the first of a series of phonograph records for the Victor Talking Machine Company In 1913. Thus making him one of the first Americans to make a record. Europe also served as the first president of the New York Clef Club. This was unique because it was part fraternal organization and part musicians union. The building the club purchased was on West 53rd Street and served both as a club and as an office for bookings. At the beginning of World War I, Reese joined the New York National Guard and shortly was commissioned as a Lieutenant. He was assigned to the (all-black) 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment. When his musical background became known his commanding officer, Colonel William Hayward asked Europe to form a military band as part of his combat unit. Hayward told Europe to get musicians wherever he could and Reese did just that. Europe knew that it would be difficult to convince musicians in New York to enlist in the military to play music, so he went as far as traveling to Puerto Rico to recruit the needed musicians for his band. That band became known as the 396th U.S. Infantry “Hell Fighters” Band. Europe’s band became the first to introduce Jazz (Jass at the time) to European listeners. It was 100 years ago right around this time (summer of 2017) this happened. Originally scheduled to perform one concert the audiences were so enthralled the band stayed for eight weeks of performances. “He was our benefactor and inspiration. Even more, he was the Martin Luther King of music.” said Nobel Sissle. Europe and his band returned triumphantly to New York City in early 1919. Soon as the word got out they began to tour American cities and recording their songs in the studio. Through his music, Europe brought Ragtime out of the bordellos and juke joints into mainstream society and elevated African American music into an accepted art form. Europe was a household name in New York’s music scene and on the dance charts nationwide. On the final performance of the band’s American tour Herbert Wright, one of the “percussion twins,” became angered with Europe and attacked him with a knife during intermission. Europe did not survive the attack and was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 47