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Venue:
Union Transfer1026 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $30 General Admission Buy Tickets
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 8:30pm

Kamasi Washington

Ars Nova Workshop and Union Transfer are pleased to present the inventive, electrifying saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kamasi Washington.

 

Part of the expansive, genre-warping West Coast musical collective known as the “West Coast Get Down,” Kamasi Washington seized the world’s attention with his sprawling three-disc, 172-minute album The Epic. Both a wildly ambitious debut and a career-defining magnum opus, the aptly-named album featured Washington’s 10-piece ensemble The Next Step along with a full string orchestra and choir.

 

Rolling Stone hailed Washington as “the most audacious player in a movement making the electric flurry of Seventies fusion jazz cool again,” while Pitchfork called him “unusually well poised to secure the attention of listeners who have previously been uninterested in jazz.”

 

In part, that crossover appeal stems from Washington’s widely praised collaborations in other genres, including his extensive work on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly and Flying Lotus’ inspired You’re Dead. Washington has also performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan.