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State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Oct-21-18 11:30 AM Joey Morant & Catfish Stew: New Orleans Jazz Brunch Jazz Brunch With "Hot Lips" Joey Morant & Catfish Stew

Celebrate Mother's Day in style with a special New Orleans brunch show at the world-famous Blue Note Jazz Club featuring "Hot Lips" Joey Morant and his band Catfish Stew. One of the most exciting trumpeters on the scene today, South Carolina native Joey Morant electrifies audiences with his horn playing, skillful scat singing and big heart. Morant received the 2003 Harlem Jazz & Music Festival Instrumentalist of the Year Award and has performed on Showtime at the Apollo and BET's Jazz Discovery. Each ticket includes admission to the concert, plus brunch and a drink.
Oct-21-18 08:00 PM ROBERT GLASPER: MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE "EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL" WITH BILAL First of all, I couldn't do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other peoples' footsteps - and now it's me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It's the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz AND quintessential, true hiphop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes*.cuz I was in the right places at the right times - and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I'm taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I'm mad excited for it.

Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 3 Grammys and 6 nominations accros 5 categroies, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay's doc "13th". Whilst his style consistently defies definition, October 2018 marks a return to one of his first jazz stomping-grounds, as he takes over the Blue Note New York with an unprecedented 4 week celebration of his musical career to date. Each show highlights not only a different era, but also a different part of his community - and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.

We open with a trio of Robert and his iconic rhythm section: Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge. They first came together in 2003, and soon became an seminal musical force; with Robert integrating them into Mos Def's band, which he was Musical Director for at the time. Together they forged a sound that was not only the backdrop to the era's hiphop and R&B stars (Nas, Maxwell, Common*and more!) - but also the vanguard of a new jazz flavour, which won a whole new audience with its genre-breaking style.

A step back in time takes us to Houston as Robert brings to the stage some of his hometown peers, who themselves make up some of jazz's contemporary stars: Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Burniss Travis II and Kendrick Scott. Robert remembers: "we were winning competitions as the jazz combo at our high school - and then in the shed every day, sharpening our skills together". These, then, are the jazz roots of the Robert Glasper generation; and a window into the evolution of a pedigree that can be heard across the scene today.

Glasper's show with Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton is an homage to the generation of Young Lions - as well as a recognition of the opportunities they provided a young Glasper. "McBride was the first major artist I toured with when I moved to NYC; he had to call my mom every night after shows to let her know I was ok! And Nicholas was my second major gig*I failed a lot of classes because I was on the road instead of at college*but I learned a lot!". Here Glasper speaks to a jazz lineage that crosses generations; the bridges from one era to another, and the solidarity and support that abounds between musicians of all ages.

Everything's beautiful showcases the Miles Davis body of work that Robert refers to as the pinnacle of his career. "Miles is the original poster-boy for change and for evolving the music - and not giving a f**k! So making an album that helped him chart higher than he ever had before outside jazz [it hit #9 on the Billboard R&B charts] was massive for me". Here Glasper is joined by his long-time brother in arms, on and off stage, Bilal. "Bilal was another huge reason I crossed over into these non-jazz spaces; I was his MD when he got signed and we were constantly in spaces with Jill [Scott], Erykah [Badu], The Roots all those cats". These shows demonstrate the constantly shifting way in which Glasper sees, experiences, and creates music - drawing from multiple legacies, lineages and even eras to build something completely his own.

"It was always important to me to include a tribute to 'Grew - he gave me my very first jazz lesson!" 15 years later, Miller was to write one half of the liner notes of Robert's "In my Element" (in classically Glasper style, the other half were written by Mos Def) - and continued to be both a supporter of and an inspiration to Robert until his death in 2014. Rodney Green, Mulgrew's long time drummer, would also go on to introduce him to Derrick Hodge in 2003. Here they come together to celebrate the life of their mentor, and the impact he had on their lives and music.

Robert's most recent and most ambitious project yet:R+R=Now, brings together collaborators old and new with a mission of musical innovation and social action. Inspired by Nina Simone's conviction that "an artist's job is to reflect the times", Robert asks "how could we do anything else, right now?!" With a line up of Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson and Taylor McFerrin, the hip-hop-head-nod is their anthem, but so too is a message: the beauty and brilliance of a jazz heritage that is as much Kendrick as it is Coltrane. It is then, a fitting way to draw to an end a month of musical innovation past, present and future.Through their music, their ideas and their brotherhood, R+R=now; with Robert Glasper at the helm; represent the creativity that has changed the world - and will continue to do so.

Robert Glasper *
Robert Glasper @ Facebook *
Robert Glasper @ Twitter *
Robert Glasper @ Instagram *
Robert Glasper @ YouTube *
Oct-21-18 10:30 PM ROBERT GLASPER: MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE "EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL" WITH BILAL First of all, I couldn't do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other peoples' footsteps - and now it's me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It's the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz AND quintessential, true hiphop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes*.cuz I was in the right places at the right times - and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I'm taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I'm mad excited for it.

Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 3 Grammys and 6 nominations accros 5 categroies, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay's doc "13th". Whilst his style consistently defies definition, October 2018 marks a return to one of his first jazz stomping-grounds, as he takes over the Blue Note New York with an unprecedented 4 week celebration of his musical career to date. Each show highlights not only a different era, but also a different part of his community - and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.

We open with a trio of Robert and his iconic rhythm section: Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge. They first came together in 2003, and soon became an seminal musical force; with Robert integrating them into Mos Def's band, which he was Musical Director for at the time. Together they forged a sound that was not only the backdrop to the era's hiphop and R&B stars (Nas, Maxwell, Common*and more!) - but also the vanguard of a new jazz flavour, which won a whole new audience with its genre-breaking style.

A step back in time takes us to Houston as Robert brings to the stage some of his hometown peers, who themselves make up some of jazz's contemporary stars: Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Burniss Travis II and Kendrick Scott. Robert remembers: "we were winning competitions as the jazz combo at our high school - and then in the shed every day, sharpening our skills together". These, then, are the jazz roots of the Robert Glasper generation; and a window into the evolution of a pedigree that can be heard across the scene today.

Glasper's show with Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton is an homage to the generation of Young Lions - as well as a recognition of the opportunities they provided a young Glasper. "McBride was the first major artist I toured with when I moved to NYC; he had to call my mom every night after shows to let her know I was ok! And Nicholas was my second major gig*I failed a lot of classes because I was on the road instead of at college*but I learned a lot!". Here Glasper speaks to a jazz lineage that crosses generations; the bridges from one era to another, and the solidarity and support that abounds between musicians of all ages.

Everything's beautiful showcases the Miles Davis body of work that Robert refers to as the pinnacle of his career. "Miles is the original poster-boy for change and for evolving the music - and not giving a f**k! So making an album that helped him chart higher than he ever had before outside jazz [it hit #9 on the Billboard R&B charts] was massive for me". Here Glasper is joined by his long-time brother in arms, on and off stage, Bilal. "Bilal was another huge reason I crossed over into these non-jazz spaces; I was his MD when he got signed and we were constantly in spaces with Jill [Scott], Erykah [Badu], The Roots all those cats". These shows demonstrate the constantly shifting way in which Glasper sees, experiences, and creates music - drawing from multiple legacies, lineages and even eras to build something completely his own.

"It was always important to me to include a tribute to 'Grew - he gave me my very first jazz lesson!" 15 years later, Miller was to write one half of the liner notes of Robert's "In my Element" (in classically Glasper style, the other half were written by Mos Def) - and continued to be both a supporter of and an inspiration to Robert until his death in 2014. Rodney Green, Mulgrew's long time drummer, would also go on to introduce him to Derrick Hodge in 2003. Here they come together to celebrate the life of their mentor, and the impact he had on their lives and music.

Robert's most recent and most ambitious project yet:R+R=Now, brings together collaborators old and new with a mission of musical innovation and social action. Inspired by Nina Simone's conviction that "an artist's job is to reflect the times", Robert asks "how could we do anything else, right now?!" With a line up of Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson and Taylor McFerrin, the hip-hop-head-nod is their anthem, but so too is a message: the beauty and brilliance of a jazz heritage that is as much Kendrick as it is Coltrane. It is then, a fitting way to draw to an end a month of musical innovation past, present and future.Through their music, their ideas and their brotherhood, R+R=now; with Robert Glasper at the helm; represent the creativity that has changed the world - and will continue to do so.

Robert Glasper *
Robert Glasper @ Facebook *
Robert Glasper @ Twitter *
Robert Glasper @ Instagram *
Robert Glasper @ YouTube *
Oct-22-18 06:00 PM Making Magnificence: Architects, Stuccatori, and the Eighteenth-Century Interior Join author Christine Casey for a presentation on her recently published book, which tells the remarkable story of the craftsmen of Ticino, in Italian-speaking Switzerland, who took their prodigious skills as specialist decorative plasterworkers throughout Northern Europe in the 18th century, adorning classical architecture with their rich and fluent décor. Their names are not widely known – Giuseppi Artari (c.1690–1771), Giovanni Battista Bagutti (1681–1755), and Francesco Vassalli (1701–1771) are a few – but their work transformed the interiors of magnificent buildings in Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, and Ireland. Among the interiors highlighted in this deeply researched, beautifully illustrated volume are Palazzo Reale in Turin, Upper Belvedere in Vienna, St. Martin in the Fields in London, the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, Houghton Hall in Norfolk, and Carton House in Ireland. Dr. Christine Casey is an associate professor in architectural history and the head of the Art Department at Trinity College Dublin. 2 AIA LU credits will be available for this lecture. Please bring your AIA membership number in order to fill out the necessary paperwork. General Public - $25.00 ICAA Member - $20.00 Student - $15.00
Oct-22-18 08:00 PM CORY HENRY - BLUE NOTE RESIDENCY Full Residency Schedule

10/1 @ 10:30PM *
10/8 @ 8:00PM *
10/8 @ 10:30PM *
10/15 @ 8:00PM *
10/15 @ 10:30PM *
10/22 @ 8:00PM *
10/22 @ 10:30PM *
10/29 @ 8:00PM *
10/29 @ 10:30PM *

Cory Henry, Brooklyn NY native, is telling everybody he is on his way. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winning keyboardist with musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul. His instrument of choice is the Hammond B-3 organ. Henry's 2016 release and touring project, The Revival, features his dynamic and improvisational performances of music ranging from old gospel to Stevie Wonder.

Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles is his newest passion and project, comprised of five of the world's best musicians, hand picked to bring his musical concepts to life. Cory is currently on tour with The Funk Apostles and has been featured on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," BBC's Proms Quincy Jones Tribute, National Public Radio, and The New York Times Facebook Live with Erykah Badu, among other media outlets.



His solo wizardry and charismatic nature have garnered millions of views via YouTube and other social platforms, giving birth to a rabid fan base excited for what's to come. The upcoming self-titled Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles album exhibits his vocal talents and emphasizes the new sound and vibes he wants to innovate for the world to sing along with. "We are on our way. Tell Everybody. How many bodies? Everybody!"

Cory Henry *
Cory Henry @ Facebook *
Cory Henry @ Twitter *
Cory Henry @ Instagram *
Cory Henry @ YouTube *
Oct-22-18 10:30 PM CORY HENRY - BLUE NOTE RESIDENCY Full Residency Schedule

10/1 @ 10:30PM *
10/8 @ 8:00PM *
10/8 @ 10:30PM *
10/15 @ 8:00PM *
10/15 @ 10:30PM *
10/22 @ 8:00PM *
10/22 @ 10:30PM *
10/29 @ 8:00PM *
10/29 @ 10:30PM *

Cory Henry, Brooklyn NY native, is telling everybody he is on his way. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winning keyboardist with musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul. His instrument of choice is the Hammond B-3 organ. Henry's 2016 release and touring project, The Revival, features his dynamic and improvisational performances of music ranging from old gospel to Stevie Wonder.

Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles is his newest passion and project, comprised of five of the world's best musicians, hand picked to bring his musical concepts to life. Cory is currently on tour with The Funk Apostles and has been featured on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," BBC's Proms Quincy Jones Tribute, National Public Radio, and The New York Times Facebook Live with Erykah Badu, among other media outlets.



His solo wizardry and charismatic nature have garnered millions of views via YouTube and other social platforms, giving birth to a rabid fan base excited for what's to come. The upcoming self-titled Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles album exhibits his vocal talents and emphasizes the new sound and vibes he wants to innovate for the world to sing along with. "We are on our way. Tell Everybody. How many bodies? Everybody!"

Cory Henry *
Cory Henry @ Facebook *
Cory Henry @ Twitter *
Cory Henry @ Instagram *
Cory Henry @ YouTube *
Oct-23-18 08:00 PM ROBERT GLASPER: MULGREW MILLER TRIBUTE FT DERRICK HODGE & RODNEY GREEN First of all, I couldn't do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other peoples' footsteps - and now it's me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It's the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz AND quintessential, true hiphop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes*.cuz I was in the right places at the right times - and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I'm taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I'm mad excited for it.

Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 3 Grammys and 6 nominations accros 5 categroies, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay's doc "13th". Whilst his style consistently defies definition, October 2018 marks a return to one of his first jazz stomping-grounds, as he takes over the Blue Note New York with an unprecedented 4 week celebration of his musical career to date. Each show highlights not only a different era, but also a different part of his community - and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.

We open with a trio of Robert and his iconic rhythm section: Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge. They first came together in 2003, and soon became an seminal musical force; with Robert integrating them into Mos Def's band, which he was Musical Director for at the time. Together they forged a sound that was not only the backdrop to the era's hiphop and R&B stars (Nas, Maxwell, Common*and more!) - but also the vanguard of a new jazz flavour, which won a whole new audience with its genre-breaking style.

A step back in time takes us to Houston as Robert brings to the stage some of his hometown peers, who themselves make up some of jazz's contemporary stars: Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Burniss Travis II and Kendrick Scott. Robert remembers: "we were winning competitions as the jazz combo at our high school - and then in the shed every day, sharpening our skills together". These, then, are the jazz roots of the Robert Glasper generation; and a window into the evolution of a pedigree that can be heard across the scene today.

Glasper's show with Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton is an homage to the generation of Young Lions - as well as a recognition of the opportunities they provided a young Glasper. "McBride was the first major artist I toured with when I moved to NYC; he had to call my mom every night after shows to let her know I was ok! And Nicholas was my second major gig*I failed a lot of classes because I was on the road instead of at college*but I learned a lot!". Here Glasper speaks to a jazz lineage that crosses generations; the bridges from one era to another, and the solidarity and support that abounds between musicians of all ages.

Everything's beautiful showcases the Miles Davis body of work that Robert refers to as the pinnacle of his career. "Miles is the original poster-boy for change and for evolving the music - and not giving a f**k! So making an album that helped him chart higher than he ever had before outside jazz [it hit #9 on the Billboard R&B charts] was massive for me". Here Glasper is joined by his long-time brother in arms, on and off stage, Bilal. "Bilal was another huge reason I crossed over into these non-jazz spaces; I was his MD when he got signed and we were constantly in spaces with Jill [Scott], Erykah [Badu], The Roots all those cats". These shows demonstrate the constantly shifting way in which Glasper sees, experiences, and creates music - drawing from multiple legacies, lineages and even eras to build something completely his own.

"It was always important to me to include a tribute to 'Grew - he gave me my very first jazz lesson!" 15 years later, Miller was to write one half of the liner notes of Robert's "In my Element" (in classically Glasper style, the other half were written by Mos Def) - and continued to be both a supporter of and an inspiration to Robert until his death in 2014. Rodney Green, Mulgrew's long time drummer, would also go on to introduce him to Derrick Hodge in 2003. Here they come together to celebrate the life of their mentor, and the impact he had on their lives and music.

Robert's most recent and most ambitious project yet:R+R=Now, brings together collaborators old and new with a mission of musical innovation and social action. Inspired by Nina Simone's conviction that "an artist's job is to reflect the times", Robert asks "how could we do anything else, right now?!" With a line up of Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson and Taylor McFerrin, the hip-hop-head-nod is their anthem, but so too is a message: the beauty and brilliance of a jazz heritage that is as much Kendrick as it is Coltrane. It is then, a fitting way to draw to an end a month of musical innovation past, present and future.Through their music, their ideas and their brotherhood, R+R=now; with Robert Glasper at the helm; represent the creativity that has changed the world - and will continue to do so.

Robert Glasper *
Robert Glasper @ Facebook *
Robert Glasper @ Twitter *
Robert Glasper @ Instagram *
Robert Glasper @ YouTube *
Oct-23-18 10:30 PM ROBERT GLASPER: MULGREW MILLER TRIBUTE FT DERRICK HODGE & RODNEY GREEN First of all, I couldn't do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other peoples' footsteps - and now it's me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It's the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz AND quintessential, true hiphop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes*.cuz I was in the right places at the right times - and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I'm taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I'm mad excited for it.

Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 3 Grammys and 6 nominations accros 5 categroies, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay's doc "13th". Whilst his style consistently defies definition, October 2018 marks a return to one of his first jazz stomping-grounds, as he takes over the Blue Note New York with an unprecedented 4 week celebration of his musical career to date. Each show highlights not only a different era, but also a different part of his community - and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.

We open with a trio of Robert and his iconic rhythm section: Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge. They first came together in 2003, and soon became an seminal musical force; with Robert integrating them into Mos Def's band, which he was Musical Director for at the time. Together they forged a sound that was not only the backdrop to the era's hiphop and R&B stars (Nas, Maxwell, Common*and more!) - but also the vanguard of a new jazz flavour, which won a whole new audience with its genre-breaking style.

A step back in time takes us to Houston as Robert brings to the stage some of his hometown peers, who themselves make up some of jazz's contemporary stars: Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Burniss Travis II and Kendrick Scott. Robert remembers: "we were winning competitions as the jazz combo at our high school - and then in the shed every day, sharpening our skills together". These, then, are the jazz roots of the Robert Glasper generation; and a window into the evolution of a pedigree that can be heard across the scene today.

Glasper's show with Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton is an homage to the generation of Young Lions - as well as a recognition of the opportunities they provided a young Glasper. "McBride was the first major artist I toured with when I moved to NYC; he had to call my mom every night after shows to let her know I was ok! And Nicholas was my second major gig*I failed a lot of classes because I was on the road instead of at college*but I learned a lot!". Here Glasper speaks to a jazz lineage that crosses generations; the bridges from one era to another, and the solidarity and support that abounds between musicians of all ages.

Everything's beautiful showcases the Miles Davis body of work that Robert refers to as the pinnacle of his career. "Miles is the original poster-boy for change and for evolving the music - and not giving a f**k! So making an album that helped him chart higher than he ever had before outside jazz [it hit #9 on the Billboard R&B charts] was massive for me". Here Glasper is joined by his long-time brother in arms, on and off stage, Bilal. "Bilal was another huge reason I crossed over into these non-jazz spaces; I was his MD when he got signed and we were constantly in spaces with Jill [Scott], Erykah [Badu], The Roots all those cats". These shows demonstrate the constantly shifting way in which Glasper sees, experiences, and creates music - drawing from multiple legacies, lineages and even eras to build something completely his own.

"It was always important to me to include a tribute to 'Grew - he gave me my very first jazz lesson!" 15 years later, Miller was to write one half of the liner notes of Robert's "In my Element" (in classically Glasper style, the other half were written by Mos Def) - and continued to be both a supporter of and an inspiration to Robert until his death in 2014. Rodney Green, Mulgrew's long time drummer, would also go on to introduce him to Derrick Hodge in 2003. Here they come together to celebrate the life of their mentor, and the impact he had on their lives and music.

Robert's most recent and most ambitious project yet:R+R=Now, brings together collaborators old and new with a mission of musical innovation and social action. Inspired by Nina Simone's conviction that "an artist's job is to reflect the times", Robert asks "how could we do anything else, right now?!" With a line up of Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson and Taylor McFerrin, the hip-hop-head-nod is their anthem, but so too is a message: the beauty and brilliance of a jazz heritage that is as much Kendrick as it is Coltrane. It is then, a fitting way to draw to an end a month of musical innovation past, present and future.Through their music, their ideas and their brotherhood, R+R=now; with Robert Glasper at the helm; represent the creativity that has changed the world - and will continue to do so.

Robert Glasper *
Robert Glasper @ Facebook *
Robert Glasper @ Twitter *
Robert Glasper @ Instagram *
Robert Glasper @ YouTube *
Oct-24-18 08:00 PM ROBERT GLASPER: MULGREW MILLER TRIBUTE FT DERRICK HODGE & RODNEY GREEN First of all, I couldn't do this anywhere else. I came to New York tracking other peoples' footsteps - and now it's me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow. New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It's the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz AND quintessential, true hiphop; the only place I could have met these people and made this music. So I wanted to make this month about pulling together the threads of my tribes*.cuz I was in the right places at the right times - and the wrong places at the right times! And because of that we made a sound that infected the world. So I'm taking over the Blue Note to tell that story; my music milestones, in the place it all began. And I'm mad excited for it.

Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 3 Grammys and 6 nominations accros 5 categroies, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay's doc "13th". Whilst his style consistently defies definition, October 2018 marks a return to one of his first jazz stomping-grounds, as he takes over the Blue Note New York with an unprecedented 4 week celebration of his musical career to date. Each show highlights not only a different era, but also a different part of his community - and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.

We open with a trio of Robert and his iconic rhythm section: Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge. They first came together in 2003, and soon became an seminal musical force; with Robert integrating them into Mos Def's band, which he was Musical Director for at the time. Together they forged a sound that was not only the backdrop to the era's hiphop and R&B stars (Nas, Maxwell, Common*and more!) - but also the vanguard of a new jazz flavour, which won a whole new audience with its genre-breaking style.

A step back in time takes us to Houston as Robert brings to the stage some of his hometown peers, who themselves make up some of jazz's contemporary stars: Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Burniss Travis II and Kendrick Scott. Robert remembers: "we were winning competitions as the jazz combo at our high school - and then in the shed every day, sharpening our skills together". These, then, are the jazz roots of the Robert Glasper generation; and a window into the evolution of a pedigree that can be heard across the scene today.

Glasper's show with Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton is an homage to the generation of Young Lions - as well as a recognition of the opportunities they provided a young Glasper. "McBride was the first major artist I toured with when I moved to NYC; he had to call my mom every night after shows to let her know I was ok! And Nicholas was my second major gig*I failed a lot of classes because I was on the road instead of at college*but I learned a lot!". Here Glasper speaks to a jazz lineage that crosses generations; the bridges from one era to another, and the solidarity and support that abounds between musicians of all ages.

Everything's beautiful showcases the Miles Davis body of work that Robert refers to as the pinnacle of his career. "Miles is the original poster-boy for change and for evolving the music - and not giving a f**k! So making an album that helped him chart higher than he ever had before outside jazz [it hit #9 on the Billboard R&B charts] was massive for me". Here Glasper is joined by his long-time brother in arms, on and off stage, Bilal. "Bilal was another huge reason I crossed over into these non-jazz spaces; I was his MD when he got signed and we were constantly in spaces with Jill [Scott], Erykah [Badu], The Roots all those cats". These shows demonstrate the constantly shifting way in which Glasper sees, experiences, and creates music - drawing from multiple legacies, lineages and even eras to build something completely his own.

"It was always important to me to include a tribute to 'Grew - he gave me my very first jazz lesson!" 15 years later, Miller was to write one half of the liner notes of Robert's "In my Element" (in classically Glasper style, the other half were written by Mos Def) - and continued to be both a supporter of and an inspiration to Robert until his death in 2014. Rodney Green, Mulgrew's long time drummer, would also go on to introduce him to Derrick Hodge in 2003. Here they come together to celebrate the life of their mentor, and the impact he had on their lives and music.

Robert's most recent and most ambitious project yet:R+R=Now, brings together collaborators old and new with a mission of musical innovation and social action. Inspired by Nina Simone's conviction that "an artist's job is to reflect the times", Robert asks "how could we do anything else, right now?!" With a line up of Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson and Taylor McFerrin, the hip-hop-head-nod is their anthem, but so too is a message: the beauty and brilliance of a jazz heritage that is as much Kendrick as it is Coltrane. It is then, a fitting way to draw to an end a month of musical innovation past, present and future.Through their music, their ideas and their brotherhood, R+R=now; with Robert Glasper at the helm; represent the creativity that has changed the world - and will continue to do so.

Robert Glasper *
Robert Glasper @ Facebook *
Robert Glasper @ Twitter *
Robert Glasper @ Instagram *
Robert Glasper @ YouTube *
Oct-24-18 08:00 PM TIGRAN HAMASYAN @ SONY HALL With pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia.

Turning 30 in 2017, he's one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. A piano virtuoso with groove power.

Tigran's latest adventurous project is 2017's An Ancient Observer, his second solo album, his eighth overall as a sole leader, and his sophomore recording for Nonesuch. (Overall, this is his eighth recording as a sole leader.) Conceptually, An Ancient Observer is a poignant album focusing on the art of observing.

Tigran's career has included an impressive number of accolades, including top piano award at the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival and the grand prize at the prestigious 2006 Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition. One of his earliest albums, 2008's New Era, was championed by one scribe who wrote that "with more seasoning and a calming maturity not driven by merely showing off, Hamasyan is certain to elevate his art to a top tier of jazz and world music expressionism." Several years later he certainly made that statement prophetic as he was applauded by NPR Music: "With startling combinations of jazz, minimalist, electronic, folk and songwriterly elements*Hamasyan and his collaborators travel musical expanses marked with heavy grooves, ethereal voices, pristine piano playing and ancient melodies. You'll hear nothing else like this in 2015."



He has recorded on various labels -France's Red Loins, Nonesuch and ECM- with his electro-acoustic powerhouse trio as well as the Yerevan State Chamber Choir for his 2015 Luys i Luso project focused on Armenian sacred music stretching stylistically from the 5th century to the 20th century.

In 2015, Tigran garnered the prestigious Paul Acket Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the following year earned the Echo Award (the German Grammy) for best international piano album of the year for his superb recording Mockroot.

Tigran has toured internationally for a fan bass that ranges from adventurous jazz aficionados to progressive hardcore metal listeners. Of his new recording, which he will be touring this spring in Europe and the U.S., Tigran says, "An Ancient Observer is presenting the observation of the world we live in now and the weight of our history we carry on our shoulders that is influencing us even if we don't realize it. This album is the observation of influences and experiences I had."

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