Robert Glasper Trio

Robert Glasper Trio

Thursday, September 29, 7:30pm
at YBCA Forum

Robert Glasper

Performance includes a Pre-Concert Talk that begins one hour before show time.

Robert Glasper Trio

Gracefully navigating the zone where jazz and hip hop converge, pianist Robert Glasper is a savvy improviser well-versed in, but not constrained by jazz tradition. His assertive keyboard work has attracted some of the era’s definitive R&B and hip hop artists, including Mos Def, Kanye West, Erykah Badu and many others. He’s been equally productive in the jazz context, accompanying modern masters such as Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett and Terence Blanchard. Glasper’s first two Blue note releases, 2005’s Canvas and 2006’s In My Element, featured his omnivorous trio and distinctive original compositions. But on 2009’s ambitious Double Booked, Glasper employed his acoustic trio for the first half of the tracks, while switching to a slinky electric format (dubbed The Robert Glasper Experiment) on the CD’s second half. The record ended up on the Top 10 list of many jazz critics, further cementing Glasper’s reputation that year. For his return to SFJAZZ, the iconoclastic pianist brings a fresh version of his lauded trio, including monster bassist Derrick Hodge and the phenomenal drummer Chris "Daddy" Dave.

Artist Personnel

Robert Glasper piano
Derrick Hodge bass
Chris "Daddy" Dave drums 

Artist Website

"Glasper’s trio deserves comparison with the best... Jason Moran, Bill Charlap and Brad Mehldau. " — The New York Times
"Among the most exciting young musicians around... " — The Boston Globe