Editor's Choice: Robert Glasper

24 November

No other pianist in recent jazz history has been influenced by gospel music as much as Robert Glasper. Whereas others were inspired by the blues, to this day Glasper’s playing expresses his love and admiration for the African American church music tradition. Instead of playing dominant chords, the pianist usually approaches various harmonic frameworks via the use of suspended, passing, or major chords. Today, the three-time Grammy Award winner is more and more engaged with blending various genres that fall outside the jazz canon in his experimental projects. The 2009 concert in New York is a perfect example of his gospel-inspired piano playing.

 

Saturday, November 24 at 21:00 | NYC Sessions: Robert Glasper & Chris Dave

Night after night, the jazz clubs of New York City host new, ever-vital incarnations of jazz music. New York has it all; from bebop to hip-hop, from electro to big band swing and free jazz. The series NYC Sessions is the thermometer of New York jazz in the first decade of the 2000s. The concerts featured in this series were recorded at several New York jazz clubs, featuring some of the very best and freshest jazz bands. The series offers an eye-witness account of the incredible inventiveness and diversity of New York City’s jazz scene. Drummer Chris Dave has been around the world and back playing for and recording with some of music's most established and iconic artists including D'Angelo, Kenny Garrett, Terrence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Lalah Hathaway, Sonny Rollins, and Robert Glasper. In this broadcast, the drummer plays together with Robert Glasper and Derrick Hodge at the Hip Hop Cultural Center of Harlem at the Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Expect an amazing gathering of some of world’s best jazz artists!