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Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper Experiment


Robert Glasper Experiment

Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

The Sound of Now Series: Robert Glasper Experiment  
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Robert Glasper Experiment

> "Robert Glasper experiments with guest-less tour" via SF Chronicle

The most prominent artist blurring the musical lines between acoustic jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B, pianist Robert Glasper became a crossover star with his electro-acoustic Experiment band following the game-changing 2012 release Black Radio, winning the GRAMMY for Best R&B Album. Since then, Glasper’s profile has exploded, with the pianist composing the soundtrack for director/star Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead and performing at the White House with rapper Common. Shortly after he migrated from Houston to New York City in the mid-90s, Glasper became a go-to keyboardist for some of the era’s defining hip hop and R&B stars, touring as music director for Mos Def and appearing with Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jay-Z and Maxwell. At the same time, Glasper made a name for himself as an insightful post-bop pianist through stints with jazz masters such as Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and Terence Blanchard. His cover of the Stevie Wonder classic “Jesus Children of America” from 2014’s Black Radio II won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance and featured vocalist Lalah Hathaway with the Experiment— a telepathic ensemble featuring saxophonist and vocalist Casey Benjamin, drummer Mark Colenburg, and bassist Derrick Hodge. They are performing music from their new Blue Note release ArtScience, with an expanded lineup including guitarist Mike Severson and DJ Jahi Sundance, and for this date, young bass phenom Burniss Travis standing in for Hodge.

Artist Personnel

Robert Glasper keyboards
Casey Benjamin saxophones, vocoder
Mike Severson guitar
Burniss Travis bass
Mark Colenburg drums
Jahi Sundance turntables

Artist Website

"He hasn’t merely got chops to burn. He’s also got a unique voice that sets him apart from the crowd. " — Boston Globe
"While his roots are definitely in jazz, the bandleader knows no boundaries. " — Billboard
"Glasper’s trio deserves comparison with the best... Jason Moran, Bill Charlap and Brad Mehldau. " — The New York Times