Louis Armstrong (3.10.13)

Trumpeter Louis Armstrong is consider one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. With his innovations in ensemble playing and his distinctive personal voice, he helped to inspire generations of musicians.  In his long career, Armstrong modeled both accommodation and radicalism in confronting issues of segregation, poverty, violence, and the perils of commercialism….

Charles Mingus (Sunday 3.3.13)

The music that Mingus wrote was rooted in standard musical forms and grounded in the blues, yet he challenged these conventions with new perspectives and unorthodox juxtapositions, encouraging his bands to do the same. In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe examines at how interpretation of these forms in performance might bring about the transformation of a musician, a listener, and potentially, the world.

Thelonious Monk (Sunday 2.24.13)

The presence and genius of Thelonious Monk can influence our perspective on how to develop and maintain creativity and authenticity amidst the unique challenges of our time, as described by Rabbi Neil Blumofe.

Miles Davis and Kind of Blue (Sunday 2.17.13)

Rabbi Neil Blumofe highlights the significance of Kind of Blue during at the time of its release in 1959, and offers a spiritual perspective on what it means to us even today.

John Coltrane (Sunday 2.10.13)

Rabbi Neil Blumofe highlights some of Coltrane’s most transformational works and adds a spiritual perspective to the importance of his music in our lives today.

V&B: The Business of Getting Married

We talk about some of the most beautiful moments, lucrative gigs and crazy brides ever encountered while working in the field of matrimony.

V&B: A Band Called Death

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in 1971 by three teenage brothers in Detroit, Michigan, the African-American group is widely acknowledged as being one of the first punk bands.

V&B: Down and Dirty with the Hammond B-3 Organ

Hear about what makes the Hammond so unique and significant, and hear some of Austin’s greatest B-3 players tickle the keys!!

V&B: Creativity and Depression

Depression and creativity, how to look at both concepts from various perspectives.

V&B: The Life and Legacy of Edith Piaf

Poet and historian Bette Oliver discusses Piaf’s life; from her impoverished childhood raised in a Paris brothel by her grandmother, to her turbulent career as a street singer and her ultimate legacy as the voice which embodied the idea of French resilience and passion in the wake of the destruction caused by WWII.