Seven-time Grammy award winner Gary Burton talks about his 50 years in the jazz scene. He made his first recordings at age 17, has toured and recorded with a long list of famous jazz greats, and is one of only a few openly gay musicians in jazz. His autobiography Learning to Listen is one of the most personal and insightful jazz books ever written. Gary Burton is performing at the Blue Note through Sunday, September 22. More information and tickets here.
Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton talks about his remarkable career, playing with a who's who of jazz -- and developing his trademark 4-mallet technique. He also told us what he's listening to these days!
Concept albums have been buzzed about as of late, with new releases from Bjork, The Roots and Coldplay (just to name a few) following the time-honored format.
Prince's hit song, "Kiss," is a beloved masterpiece- but could a cover top the original? In this Soundcheck Smackdown, we pit the original version against the 1988 Art of Noise/Tom Jones cover. Representing His Purpleness is Prince biographer Jason Draper, and making doves cry is music reporter Gary Burton.
The hip insiders at Pitchfork recently gave high marks to a reissue of "Searching for the Young Soul Rebels," the 1980 debut album from Dexys Midnight Runners. But most Americans know this British pop-soul group as a one-hit wonder that brought us something else: the oft-covered '80s standard "Come on Eileen." Squaring off on this karaoke staple are: Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Live and music writer Gary Burton.
Grammy award winning vibraphonist and former Executive Vice President of Berklee College of Music, Gary Burton, talks about his five decades in music. His quartets have featured a unique mix of established musicians while discovering and showcasing younger musicians, many of whom would soon become some of the world's most recognizable artists.
London-based dream-pop trio The XX has won the Mercury Prize, which is awarded each year to a British or Irish act. Soundcheck contributor Gary Burton joins us to talk about the band’s album, “XX,” and about the history of the award.
The role of music in workplaces can be divisive. The chill-out music that a company pipes into its design office might put it's warehouse employees to sleep. Research suggests that music can improve productivity, but some companies are banning the use of computer speakers and personal MP3 players.
One has experimental jazz, an acclaimed symphony orchestra, and plenty of "Nederpop." The other has flamenco, zarzuela, a strong opera tradition and a cornucopia of pop and rock styes. As The Netherlands and Spain battle it out in the World Cup final on Sunday, we offer the final installment of our series on Music of the World Cup.
The circle of still-standing teams might be shrinking, but World Cup fever continues to grow. Today, we’ll hear how the soccer tournament’s influence has spread to the world of classical music.
At an international competition like the World Cup, a match between countries with strained relations can seem to be about much more than soccer.
Whether you're a soccer fan or just own a TV, you're probably familiar with the sound of the vuvuzela: it's the plastic horn that thousands of spectators have been playing at the World Cup soccer games in South Africa.
Today, we kick off a five-part Friday series on how music is shaping the biggest soccer tournament on the planet. Music journalist and Soundcheck contributor Gary Burton joins us for an exploration of music from countries represented in selected matches.