Although the Bumbershoot music festival wouldn't look familiar to anyone who'd seen jazz stars like Tony Bennett, Pharoah Sanders and Abdullah Ibrahim on the Seattle Center campus in past years, this summer's big Seattle music party did include one jazz group: Kamasi Washington.
He's a solid pick, known to fans of hip hop for his work on Kendrick Lamar's Grammy-winning album "To Pimp A Butterfly," and to young jazz fans who dove into his aptly-titled 3-LP debut "The Epic." Soulful and accessible, yet full of aggressive improvisation, it wouldn't sound out of place alongside a Coltrane album, but it's clearly music of the 21st century.
Kamasi brings his band back to Seattle, without the distracting rock festival trappings, for a show at the Moore Theatre on December 2, and we're giving away tickets to the show! Enter here, and good luck!