If you haven’t heard of Kamasi Washington, November 28th is your chance to witness the spectacular jazz musician when he comes to the Taft Theatre. From being called the "jazz colossus" to "the future of jazz," the Inglewood, California native's music is historical, transcendent, and dreamy to say the least.
Growing up with musician parents who kept him consistently exposed to the greatest of our times, Kamasi says he learned that "in order to make good music you have to dig deep and it only gets harder and harder." Time and time again we see that this hasn’t stopped him at all, and after working with icons like Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar, Washington decided to undertake his first independent project in 2008 titled "Light of the World." Since then he has released five separate albums all of which encompass magnificent beauty, all carried by an elegant and bold saxophone. Pitchfork describes his music as a "healing psychedelic balm in a time of bleary chaos."
Joining his jazzesty at the Taft is instrumentalist trio Moonchild. The LA based group includes Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson. In their short two years as a band, the trio has released three critically acclaimed albums and played alongside artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Internet, Jill Scott, India.Arie, and Leela James. This multi-instrumental group first met while attending The University of Southern California and their music utilizes keys, saxophone, clarinet, and flügelhorn. Their ultrasonic sounds are melodically soothing, and Amber’s voice testifies to the curable properties of music.
We are beyond thrilled to have Kamasi Washington and Moonchild join us in the locally beloved Taft Theatre for a night sure to go down in music history.
When: Tuesday, November 28th, 7:00 PM
Where: Taft Theatre
How much: Tier 2 tickets are $32.50, Tier 1 are $42.50