Music Education

Herbie Hancock – RockIt

« RockIt » is a composition recorded by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, released as a single from his 1983 album Future Shock.

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« Rockit, » released in 1984, was a major crossover hit and was even accompanied by a memorable and aptly futuristic music video. While the song upset his jazz purist fans, it created a fresh new sound thanks to the production of bassist Bill Laswell – known for creating “collision music” – and the turntable work of Grand Mixer DXT.

Herbie Hancock - RockIt

The track was driven by its deejay scratch style, performed primarily by DXT, and its music video created by Godley & Creme, which was put in high rotation on MTV.

« Rockit » won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1983, and it won five MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

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Paris Blues (1961)

Paris Blues is a 1961 American drama film made on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1927 – January 6, 2022) as expatriate jazz saxophonist Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman as trombone-playing Ram Bowen.
The two men romance two vacationing American tourists, Connie Lampson (Diahann Carroll) and Lillian Corning (Joanne Woodward).

Paul Newman was coached in playing the trombone by Billy Byers while the playing for Newman on the soundtrack was done by Murray McEachern.
Sidney Poitier’s tenor sax playing was done by Paul Gonsalves.


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OST composed by Duke Ellington, featuring Louis Armstrong on 2 tracks (as Wild Man Moore in the movie).

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