Kamasi Washington | SFJAZZ

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

 

Kamasi Washington

Friday, January 6, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
The Epic Series: West Coast Get Down  
Almost Sold Out

Kamasi Washington

A saxophonist and composer who has risen from the underground Los Angeles music scene to become one of the most celebrated and visible faces in jazz today, Kamasi Washington brings the irrepressible energy and stylistic breadth showcased on his expansive, aptly-titled 3-CD release, The Epic. Born to saxophonist Rickey Washington, Kamasi was steeped in the jazz of John Coltrane from infancy and mentored by prominent jazz educator Reggie Andrews as well as drumming luminary Billy Higgins at the Leimert Park music mecca he created, the World Stage. Through this iconic creative hub Washington met many of the musicians he now performs with in the loose conglomeration called the West Coast Get-Down, including his friend and fellow saxophonist Terrace Martin, whose status as a producer in the Southern California hip-hop world brought Washington to the attention of rap superstar Kendrick Lamar. Washington’s distinctive saxophone playing and string arrangements are featured on Lamar’s landmark, GRAMMY-winning 2016 album To Pimp a Butterfly, which took Best of Year honors from Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Pitchfork. With The Epic, Washington has made a sprawling statement of purpose that has catapulted his profile to that of the biggest crossover jazz artist on the scene, earning Album of the Year in the DownBeat Critics Poll and selling out concert halls over the world.

Artist Personnel

Kamasi Washington tenor saxophone
Ricky Washington saxophones, flute
Ryan Porter trombone
Brandon Coleman keyboards
Miles Mosley bass
Tony Austin drums
Ronald Bruner Jr. drums
Patrice Quinn vocals

Artist Website

"The most-talked-about jazz musician since Wynton Marsalis arrived on the New York scene three decades ago " — The New York Times
"Washington’s charismatic ability to introduce fans of rock and hip-hop to the world of jazz is one of the reasons he’s the hottest artist in jazz today " — DownBeat
"Kamasi Washington has conquered the jazz world. " — LA Weekly