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David Hopper | 360˚ Sound - Part 7

Articles by David Hopper

Smooth Talker: Dave Koz on Cory Wong, Dave Grohl, and the future of smooth jazz

October 8, 2020 by

(This is the second part of 360°Sound’s two-part exclusive interview with saxophonist Dave Koz.) In the second part of our discussion with Dave Koz, the contemporary jazz star talks about his collaboration with guitarist and Vulfpeck associate Cory Wong, the future of smooth jazz, and what it’s like being Dave Grohl’s godfather. Koz’s 20th studio […]

Smooth Talker: Dave Koz on New Album ‘A New Day’

October 7, 2020 by

(This is the first of a two-part exclusive interview with the smooth jazz icon.) 360°Sound caught up with multi-platinum contemporary jazz artist Dave Koz. The Grammy-nominated saxophonist will hit several milestones with his forthcoming LP A New Day (out Oct. 9). The 11-track album (the CD edition has a bonus track) comes out 30 years […]

Author Talk – New Pearl Jam book ‘Not For You’

October 6, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Ronen Givony, author of the new book Not For You: Pearl Jam and the Present Tense (out Oct. 15 on Bloomsbury). Givony is the founder of New York City’s Wordless Music series and orchestra, whose mission is to bring together the worlds of classical and contemporary instrumental music and introduce listeners to […]

25 Great Coffee Songs

October 1, 2020 by

Happy International Coffee Day! This special day was launched by the International Coffee Organization in 2015 at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. Every year since, countries from around the world have come together to “celebrate coffee and recognize the millions of people across the globe – from farmers, to roasters, baristas, coffee shop owners […]

Forget-Her-Not: A Tribute to Patrice Rushen

September 30, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Patrice Rushen! The incredibly talented singer/songwriter/producer turns 66 today. Best known for her string of R&B and dance hits in the late 70s and 80s, Rushen broke down barriers as one of the first women to write, arrange, produce and perform her own work. Although she is technically a one-hit wonder, as “Forget […]

Rust In Peace: 30th Anniversary of the Megadeth Classic

September 29, 2020 by

Thirty years ago, arguably the greatest thrash metal record of all-time was released – Megadeth’s Rust in Peace. The band’s fourth album, released Sept. 24, 1990, peaked at #23 on the Billboard charts, went gold in early 1991, and was certified platinum in 1994. The singles, “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18,” received heavy […]

Remembering Toots Hibbert

September 28, 2020 by

Reggae legend Frederick “Toots” Hibbert died Sept. 11, 2020 at the age of 77. The soulful frontman of Toots & the Maytals wrote and recorded numerous ska and reggae classics, including “Pressure Drop,” “54-46 Was My Number,” and “Monkey Man.” Hibbert is even credited with coining the term reggae with the 1968 single “Do The […]

Xavier Joseph’s Unique Path To Country Music

September 21, 2020 by

360°Sound has recently featured a number of talented up-and-coming Texas country artists, including The Powell Brothers, Savanna Chestnut and Lindsey Lane. All have their own unique sound and story. However, it’s hard to imagine a more unlikely background than that of Xavier Joseph. For years, Joseph was a professional dancer. And not a Texas two-step […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1970

September 19, 2020 by

(Editor’s Note: Please scroll to the end of the list to view the tournament bracket) What a difference 10 years makes. The music of 1970 bears little resemblance to 1960, our last Greatest One-Hit Wonders entry. In 1960, the Beatles were a few years from forever changing popular music, and by April 1970, the Fab […]

Q&A: Texas country singer Lindsey Lane

September 13, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with Amarillo, Texas-based country singer Lindsey Lane. Born and raised in Lubbock, the 29-year-old was voted Amarillo’s Best Female Vocalist last year. This year she’s been nominated for Best Female Vocalist, Best Local Band, and Best Live Band. Lane left a career as a third-grade math teacher to pursue her dream of […]