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March 5, 2020

Ralph Towner

Liner Notes

By: Rabbi Neil Blumofe

In this installment of Liner Notes with Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, we learn about multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and arranger Ralph Towner. Born in Washington, Towner incorporates improvisation into much of his work. Blumofe encourages using Towner’s work to remind us of the multitudes within ourselves.

 

 

February 27, 2020

Dexter Gordon

Liner Notes

By: Rabbi Neil Blumofe

How can we distance ourselves from convenient situations to allow ourselves to see fresh perspectives?

In this installment of Liner Notes with Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, we learn about jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, one of the originators of the bebop sound. For much of his career, Gordon played in Europe and merged his sound with the nascent European jazz movement.