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GRAMMY-WINNING ENSEMBLE ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT TO PERFORM AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Previously announced artists include Herbie Hancock, Vince Mendoza and Gregory Porter
(Wednesday, August 6, at 8 PM)
WHAT: Grammy-winning jazz ensemble Robert Glasper Experiment will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 8 pm. Previously announced artists for the evening include pianist and LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, with orchestra under the direction of conductor Vince Mendoza, and Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter.
On their 2012 breakout Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment (RGX) laid out a new paradigm for creative music, reaching beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music and beyond. On October 29, 2013 RGX upped the ante with the release of Black Radio 2 (Blue Note), another genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone.
Robert Glasper was reared in a household where Motown, R&B, and gospel were constant companions; his mother sang and played piano in church while indulging in her love for jazz and blues by performing at local clubs. By the age of twelve, he’d begun to fully follow his mother’s lead by playing piano in church and accompanying her on club dates on the Houston circuit.
Glasper went on to sharpen his prodigal chops at the Houston High School for the Performing Arts and New School University, allowing his developing affinity for pop, hip-hop, and rock to inform his musical sensibilities. By 2003, Glasper had already racked up spots in the bands of prominent jazz artists such as Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove. In addition, his deep appreciation of hip-hop and R&B allowed him to form lateral bonds in those respective worlds. Guided by his mother’s example, Glasper simultaneously performed jazz while taking gigs as a touring musician and musical director for artists such as Maxwell, yasiin bey, Q-Tip, and Bilal.
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WHERE: HOLLYWOOD BOWL
2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
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