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ROBERT GLASPER a black radio production + TAHIRAH MEMORY
Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 9:00 pm$49.75
2022 BIAMP PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL
a black radio production
Robert Glasper – keys
Burniss Traviss – bass
Justin Tyson – drums
Jahi Sundance – DJ
+ special guests
+ TAHIRAH MEMORY
Dylan Sundström – bass
Nick Rolfe – keys
Tyrone Hendrix – drums
& DJ KLYPH (THE NUMBERZ)
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM – KRIDEL GRAND BALLROOM |
Doors 8:00 pm / Show 9:00 pm
$49.75 ADVANCE GA-SRO / $55.00 DOS
Robert Glasper is the leader of a new sonic paradigm with a career that bridges musical and artistic genres. To date, he boasts 4 Grammy wins and 9 nominations across 8 categories, and an Emmy Award for his song for Ava Duvernay’s critically hailed documentary “13th” with Common and Karriem Riggins. His work and accolades bridge all aspects of the music business, from live touring to film scoring, composing and producing.
Evolution is his hallmark. Glasper’s breakout crossover album Black Radio changed the face of the genre and set a new expectation for what popular music could be. The album won him the Grammy for best R&B album and established him as the musician of choice for some of the world’s most iconic artists; notably playing keys throughout Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
The ongoing Black Radio series has since become Glasper’s calling card, upholding a place at the heart of a trailblazing community: from Mos Def and Bilal, to legends including Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu.
Glasper’s eternal pursuit to further his sound has been consistent in challenging and transforming his creative horizons across the board. Whether producing a remix album with Kaytranda or as a bandleader, he consistently defies the limits of the genre. This is evident in a portfolio that ranges from his acoustic jazz trio; which simultaneously defies and elevates the traditional idiom by uniting it effortlessly with electronics from visionary DJ Jahi Sundance, to August Greene; a collaboration with Common + Karriem Riggins, to R+R=Now a supergroup at the crossroads of hip-hop and Jazz.
In the last two years alone Glasper has seen a staggering diversity of success. He dropped Fuck Yo Feelings; a star-studded mixtape; with features from YBN Cordae to Herbie Hancock to Yebba. The album was nominated for the Grammy for Best Progressive R&B album in the recent 2021 awards. He created an original score for the Emmy Nominated doc The Apollo and the feature film The Photograph starring Issa Rae.
He led a legendary residency at the Blue Note NYC with 56 sold-out shows in 27 days which saw everyone from Dave Chappelle to Tiffany Haddish, Chadwick Boseman, Q-Tip, Anderson.Paak and Angela Davis join him on and off stage. And, alongside long-time collaborator, co-producer, and creative partner Terrace Martin, he formed another dream team supergroup Dinner Party featuring Kamasi Washington and 9th Wonder.
In August of 2020, Robert released ‘Better Than Imagined’ which won the Grammy for Best R&B song in 2021; the first taste of his hotly anticipated forthcoming Black Radio 3 album. Featuring H.E.R and Meshell Ndegeocello, the song advocates for Black love and the power, and responsibility, we have to improve our world; again demonstrating that, above all, Glasper is an artist at the heart of a moment – and a movement – to champion Black music, Black people, and the possibility of a better future. The hip-hop-head-nod ballad is a dedication to just that: the beauty and brilliance of a heritage that is as much Kendrick as it is Coltrane, and which seeks to empower and uplift with every offering.
In his own words:
“Black lives matter and so does black love; no one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven’t had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we’re going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships — how we communicate, how we see ourselves, how we treat each other. It’s not always good, even though maybe it could be.”
Next up for Glasper is the long-awaited release of Black Radio vol. 3, with this very special 2022 Biamp PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL appearance a showcase of those new tunes along with his now classic catalog.
Portland native, singer, songwriter Tahirah Memory, raised by a willful, loving and resourceful mother, and shaped at an early age by the vibration and melodic hands of her jazz trumpeter father, asserted her love for music extremely early in her childhood. Tahirah’s sound, steeped in jazz, soul and R&B is unlike any other, sounding distinctly like her personal truth.
DJ KLYPH – THE NUMBERZ 96.7FM
is a Portland based radio personality who has been creating platforms for the local music scene and artists worldwide. He’s utilized terrestrial radio [The Numberz FM, XRAY FM], Podcasting [Klyph Notes] and live events [Mic Check PDX] with an ear toward lyricism and conscious hip-hop representing the underrepresented.