A Physicist and Two Musicians Riff on the Science of Jazz

Jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter join StarTalk’s Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about the languages of their crafts.

Herbie Hancock on piano and Wayne Shorter on saxophone. They first paired up in the ’60s, playing with the Miles Davis Quintet. Their pioneering musicianship endures, spanning two centuries. During a syncopated chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson, they drew connections between music and other matters: science, education, inspiration.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’ve got to start by saying that between the two of you there’s almost 160 years of life. Wayne, you’re …

Wayne Shorter: I’m 82.

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