Friday, March 02, 2018

WOMAD Song of the Day - Kamasi Washington - Truth

Kamasi Washington was born in Los AngelesCalifornia, on February 2, 1981 to musical parents and educators, and was raised in Inglewood, California. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music of Alexander Hamilton High School in Beverlywood, Los Angeles.[1]Washington next enrolled in UCLA's Department of Ethnomusicology, where he began playing with faculty members such as Kenny BurrellBilly Higgins and band leader/trumpeter Gerald Wilson. Washington features in the album Young Jazz Giants in 2004. He has played along with a diverse group of musicians including Wayne ShorterHerbie HancockHorace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn HillNasSnoop DoggGeorge DukeChaka KhanFlying LotusThundercatMike MuirFrancisco Aguabella, the Pan Afrikaan People's Orchestra and Raphael Saadiq.
Washington ventured into big band music when he joined the Gerald Wilson Orchestra for their 2006 album In My Time.[Washington played saxophone on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a ButterflyHis debut solo recording, The Epic, was released in May 2015 to critical acclaim.

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