One of the most talked about US Jazz artist of the moment, jazz fusion figurehead, saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington today announced his debut solo UK tour.
Washington will perform at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues this June including: Glasgow’s QMU, Manchester’s Academy 2, Birmingham’s Institute 2, Bristol’s Anson Rooms and The Glastonbury Festival.
Speaking of his forthcoming appearances Washington says he was: “Bummed I couldn’t make it to the Worldwide Awards in the UK earlier this year, so I’m very excited to come back and play these shows with you in the summer. See you all very soon!”
The saxophonist virtuoso known for playing with the best of the best, which includes collaborations with artists such as: Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan and most recently Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, will perform tracks from his own debut album ‘The Epic’ on his UK tour.
‘The Epic’ an almost three hour long modern jazz masterpiece was released last year on the trend-setting record label Brainfeeder and quickly garnered critical acclaim from UK media outlets. Fans of Washington will be delighted to learn he is taking several members of The Next Step (a collective formed by some of Washington’s closet school friends) on the road with him. The ensemble is a ‘cosmic soulful fusion outfit’ who offer a modern take on the classic jazz big band, featuring a vocalist, keys, trombone and upright bass player, as well as two drummers.
Kamasi Washington tours the UK in June performing at shows including:
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• Glasgow QMU – 27/06
• Manchester Academy 2 – 28/06
• Birmingham Institute 2 – 29/06
• Bristol Anson Rooms – 30/06