Pianist Harold O'Neal: Translating Martial Arts into Jazz
Harold O'Neal recently talked about his musical and extra-musical adventures of the past few years.
By Alex Smith
Kansas City, MO – Pianist Harold O'Neal's new album Whirling Mantis doesn't come out of the New York jazz clubs where he most often performs. Instead, the songs were largely inspired by the time he spent studying martial arts here in his hometown of Kansas City.
Harold O'Neal: 'Whirling' Jazz Moves
(NPR Music) Whirling Mantis is named for a defensive move in karate; one way to look at how O'Neal operates.