Kamasi Washington, Ryan Papa Porter, Tony Austin, Miles Mosley, Cameron Graves, Patrice Quinn and all of their talented friends that I have watched play, sing, rap, even tap dance… I’m soo proud of you!!
This spring, Kamasi Washington released his album THE EPIC. Aptly named, it’s the number one jazz album on Itunes and it is indeed awesomely epic! Today they start their first North American Tour.
These musicians are becoming masters of their crafts. They grew up playing music together, growing into their instruments, trusting each other, celebrating jazz and discovering their sound. Their music is heart-opening, healing, groovy, funky, medicine that has brought me so much JOY! I am crazy grateful and feel beyond lucky to have heard them live more times than I can count over the past 5 years. It’s been a gift to witness the exchange of positive energy between the crowd and their collaboration known as the WEST COAST GET DOWN…it feels like electric gratitude.
Check out their recent performance on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Since the first time I heard them play, I became a huge fan! Special thanks to Susan Carter Hall for taking me to the Piano Bar on Wilcox and Selma that first of so many Friday nights.
Here is one of my faves!
I want to wish the WCGD a safe, happy and rockin’ tour! If they are in your town, GO and INDULGE!
Kamasi, Tony, Ryan, Miles, Cameron, Patrice…I’m soo proud of you!!
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