When President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and rapper Snoop Dogg are in the house, this must be the Kennedy Center Honors, the annual salute to artists who have made extraordinary contributions to American culture.
Four decades ago, Apollo missions hauled over 840 pounds of moon rocks back to Earth for scientific evaluation. None of the dozen astronauts who collected the samples received a personal specimen -- not even the late Neil Armstrong.
Herbie Hancock ’s latest album takes its title from a John Lennon song that imagined a world with no national boundaries. Fittingly, “ The Imagine Project ” features an international group of musicians who recorded songs in cities around the globe.
When Chick Corea signed on to commemorate his 70th birthday at the Blue Note with a monthlong November residency, he had to assemble a scroll-like set list for 10 bands, with only a day or less to rehearse for each gig.