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ROBERT GLASPER “JAZZ CONVERSATION” WITH KEN BODDIE (KOIN)
Saturday, February 26 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pmFREE
2022 BIAMP PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL
ROBERT GLASPER “JAZZ CONVERSATION”
WITH KEN BODDIE (KOIN)
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
FREE Community Event
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.
KEN BODDIE (KOIN)
Ken Boddie is co-anchor of “KOIN 6 News This Morning “ every weekday, and produces a weekly segment called “Where We Live”, which gives Portland viewers the backstory of local landmarks, events, street names, and historical figures.
Ken believes that every story should be written and communicated clearly, accurately, and without bias.
In 2016, Ken was awarded one of Portland’s highest civic honors when he was named an honorary Royal Rosarian. He has received numerous civic awards, and has been recognized by the Associated Press for his work.
Ken is also known for his community work, especially with young people. He is a former Board Member of PDXJazz, which produces the Portland Jazz Festival every February. His support of local musicians is well-known, as he often acts as emcee for events in Portland’s vibrant music scene.
In 2021, Ken won a regional Emmy for his story on his response to a racist letter he received in the fall of 2020.
Ken is also a 2017 recipient of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle Award, which is awarded for journalistic excellence with at least 25 years in television. NATAS is the EMMY Awards Organization.