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Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington

Perhaps the most lionized living pianist, Herbie Hancock has helped to shape so many of jazz’s machinations in the past 50 years. By his early 20s, Hancock was recording definitive hard-bop albums for Blue Note Records; soon after, he was a sideman in Miles Davis’s second great quintet, which exploded the rhythmic and harmonic barriers that had until then hemmed in most mainstream jazz. By the 1970s, Hancock was on the forefront of jazz-funk fusion, and he created one of the most successful albums that the genre would ever know: Headhunters. The list of his achievements runs on and on, like a broken faucet. The best way to experience the Grammy-decorated legend is to sit in the audience and let his music wash over you, live and in the flesh. He performs with his current band; He’s on piano, fender rhodes, and keytar, Lionel Loueke on guitar, James Genus on bass, Trevor Lawrence Jr. on drums, and L.A. jazz apostle Terrace Martin on keyboards, vocoder and alto sax.

He shares a double-headlining bill with Kamasi Washington, perhaps the most talked about jazz musician on the planet since the release of his album The Epic four years ago. While that title is up for debate (the artist himself deflect it) what is not debatable is the persuasiveness and conviction of his Alice Coltrane and Horace Tapscott-indebted tunes. Referencing sources as varied as Stravinsky and ’80s video game music, Washington’s music aims both at the head and the heart of the jazz listener, a whole body nervous system experience of funky uplifting.

They may even share the stage.

July 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Filene Center at Wolf Trap
1551 Trap Road Vienna
VA 22812

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My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.

This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”

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