The charismatic saxophonist, bandleader and composer Kamasi Washington makes 21st century jazz. It is as accessible as it is virtuosic and there’s no room for compromises. Washington is unusually well poised to secure the attention of listeners who have previously been uninterested in jazz. As a member of the studio band, he contributed to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’. In 2015 Washington amazed everyone by releasing ‘The Epic’, a 172-minute, three cd album on Braindfeeder on which he pays tribute to John Coltrane among others, and that includes influences from hip hop, R&B, Latin and African music.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, this all-rounder has a real background in jazz. When in high school Washington already formed The Young Jazz Giants, a quartet that included bassist Thundercat, and from which the other members still form the basis of his current band. Washington has worked with legends like McCoy Tyner, Gerald Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Quincy Jones, NAS, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus in past years. At So What’s Next? he will play a mind-blowing set that includes a peak preview of his forthcoming album ‘The Harmony’.