Telling stories that change consciousness
Cultural evolution doesn’t happen all by itself. It’s driven by daring visionaries who unearth buried truths that force us to rethink everything we thought we knew about our world and ourselves. Their tools are stories, art, and social action. Their goal is progress. In this series of conversations with today’s boldest change makers, you will explore how the most powerful messages are crafted—and what it really takes to spur enduring transformation.
Perpetual Rebirth: Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock in Conversation with Kamasi Washington
To refer to Herbie Hancock as a jazz artist feels utterly inadequate. From his legendary solo career to his collaborations with Miles Davis, Kanye West, and Chaka Khan and Anoushka Shankar, he has spent his career in a constant state of genre-busting rebirth. In recent years, he has worked with international math, science, and music experts to create free educational materials and digital apps. Now the chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute, which identifies and supports jazz’s new voices, Herbie has built a legacy that will be defined as much by the music he’s created as the artists he’s helped empower. He sits down with Thelonious Monk Institute alumnus and celebrated saxophonist Kamasi Washington to discuss his impact and the most profound turning points of his career.