Robert Glasper

Dec 12-16

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In 2003, Robert Glasper released his debut album Mood on Fresh Sound Records. Blue Note signed Glasper soon afterand released his label debut Canvas (2005), followed by In My Element (2007) and Double-Booked (2009) – his first Grammy-nominated effort which juxtaposed his acoustic Trio with the electric Experiment band. While those albums were primarily rooted in jazz, he made certain to sprinkle his other musical influences into the stew. But in 2012, he decided it was time to serve the full main course. Glasper’s Black Radio was released that year to a maelstrom of critical acclaim. Featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Meshell Ndegeocello, and yasiin bey, the album was cultivated via a series of jam sessions with artists from varying genres whom Glasper formed alliances with during his time in the music industry. In 2013, Glasper releases his sixth studio album Black Radio 2 further exemplifying Glasper’s remarkable skill as a producer and musician adept at extracting a truly extraordinary side of his guests’ acclaimed talents, irrespective of differences in genre. In 2015, Glasper returned to his trio (with Chris Dave and Vicente Archer) and released the album Covered with covers of songs from Radiohead to Joni Mitchell.


"Robert Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip-hop jazz and gets it right… it feels like a blueprint forward."

"Robert Glasper is electrifying a music genre."

"Angling toward something new that makes use of an older model. It points to an ideal that’s organic, complex, more or less pop, more or less contemporary, and black-identified."

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featuring composer, critic and independent scholar, George Grella

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Of all of the trumpeter’s releases, none has elicited the lasting controversy of 1970’s double album Bitches Brew – a session that helped usher in a revolutionary period in jazz’s development, or as some saw it, signified its imminent demise. Composer, critic, and independent scholar George Grella (author of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series book on Bitches Brew) helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of this influential work by St. Louis’s Miles Davis, followed by a performance by Adam Maness and an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest musicians.

Wednesday, February 12

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3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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