Kamasi Washington – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – August 27th, 2015

Kamasi Washington

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Kamasi Washington

Korey Riker, Darla

Thu · August 27, 2015

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:15 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$17.00 - $24.00 + Fees

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Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington
At the age of 13 Kamasi Washington decided to begin a life long quest of the
many wonders to be found in music. He made this decision one night when after a
rehearsal at his home his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano and left
Kamasi with an uncontrollable curiosity of all the beauty he’d just heard come from it. So
he took his father’s horn, and even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone,
in fact he’d never even touched a saxophone, and played Wayne Shorter’s composition
“Sleeping Dancer Sleep On”, his favorite song at the time.
Within two years Kamasi earned the lead tenor saxophone chair in the top jazz
ensemble at the prestigious Hamilton High School Music Academy. At the same time
Kamasi joined the Multi School Jazz Band (MSJB) where he was reunited with several
child hood friends who were well on their way on their own musical quest. During his
senior year of high school Kamasi formed his first band with childhood friends Ronald
and Stephen Bruner on drums and bass, along with pianist Cameron Graves. The group
was called “The Young Jazz Giants”. After high school Kamasi went on to study
ethnomusicology at UCLA were he received a full scholarship and was exposed to many
of the non-western musical cultures around the world. In the summer after his freshman
year Kamasi recorded his first album with “The Young Jazz Giants” a platform they used
to spread the new sound of jazz all around the country. In his second year at UCLA
Kamasi went on his first national tour with the west coast hip-hop legend Snoop Dog.
Ironically this band was made of many of the most talented young jazz musicians in the
country. Later that year Kamasi joined the orchestra of one of his biggest heroes Gerald
After his senior year at UCLA Kamasi went on his first international tour with
RnB legend Raphael Saadiq who had ¾ of “The Young Jazz Giants” in his band. Later
that year he was given the honor of representing Gerald Wilson’s Los Angeles band on
his album “In My Time” witch featured Wilson’s New York based orchestra. Over the
next few years Kamasi was blessed to be able to perform and record with many of his
musical heroes, from many different genres. He played with legendary jazz artist such as
McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, and George Duke. At the same time he
was working with artist such as Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, and Quincy
Jones. During this same time Kamasi started his new band called “The Next Step”, a kind
of modern spin on a big band, with two drummers, two bassist upright and electric, piano
and keyboards, three horns and a vocalist.
Recently Kamasi has been touring with legendary musicians Stanley Clarke,
Harvey Mason, Chaka Khan and his own band “The Next Step”. He’s featured on Harvey
Mason’s latest album “Chameleon” and Stanley Clarke’s latest album “UP”, Flying
Lotus’s latest album “You’re Dead” as well as working on Kendrick Lamar’s new album
“To Pimp A Butterfly”. Kamasi also has a ground breaking new solo album coming out
on May 5th on the trend setting record label “Brainfeeder” with his band “The Next Step”.
It’s a 172-minuet triple disc masterpiece that features Kamasi’s ten-piece band along with
a full string orchestra and full choir. It’s very appropriately titled “The Epic”.
Korey Riker
Korey Riker
Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004, Korey Riker continues to make his mark on the local music scene. In addition to currently touring with John Legend, Riker will be releasing his sophomore album “Recognizance” in October of 2015. Riker has previously worked with with The Roots, Queen Latifah, Elvis Costello, Tye Tribbett and many more. TV appearances include the WaWa Welcome America Philly 4th of July Jam concerts from 2010 thru 2014, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon & Philadelphia's "UnLitter" Campaign. Recent discography highlights include "Wise Up Ghost" by Elvis Costello & The Roots, “Sirope” by Alejandro Sanz and the multi-grammy award winning album "Greater Than" by Tye Tribbett.
Darla is an 8-piece progressive funk group from Philadelphia. The band’s sound is a melding of its raw origin in the Philly basement scene and keen compositional focus on feeling the groove. At its core, the Darla sound is driven by a powerful horn section that wields a lyrical and catchy sense of phrasing. Their efforts are matched by a jarring and methodical rhythm section that has been described as ‘Steely Dan with Dave Grohl on drums.'

Since forming in 2014, Darla has shared the stage with the likes of Snarky Puppy, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, George Porter Jr. (of The Meters), Kamasi Washington, and Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles. They have released six EPs to date, including their latest release "Darla Rolls The Dice!", out now on Phil's Records. Darla is ready to share their funk across the eastern seaboard with shows & festival appearances lined up for the rest of 2017.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104