Eyes on the Prize
What does it mean to pick a winner in jazz? We’re considering that question in the wake of the Herbie Hancock Jazz Piano Competition, which Nate covered in New York City. The subject leads us to a discussion of the competitive tradition in this music, which extends from Kansas City jam sessions to Jazz at the Philharmonic Tours to the present day. Nobody has a more nuanced handle on the topic than Joshua Redman, who hit the ground running when he won the Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition 30 years ago.
References for this episode:
- Jahari Stampley wins the Herbie Hancock Jazz Piano Competition
- Joshua Redman's new group walks the "Streets of Philadelphia"
- What Did The Monk Competition Ever Do For You?
The Late Set is produced by Alex Ariff.