Tonight, LA saxophonist and acclaimed band leader Kamasi Washington brings his aptly-titled debut LP The Epic to World Cafe Live with an eight-piece band. In an interview earlier this week with The Key’s Shaun Brady, Washington talked about breaking down the boundaries of genre:
The word ‘jazz’ and the word ‘hip-hop’ have a separation, but the music doesn’t really have that same separation. You can’t talk about hip-hop without talking about A Tribe Called Quest, and their music is inundated with jazz. You can’t talk about west coast hip-hop without talking about James Brown and Parliament.
Folk singer Meg Baird returns to her native Philly tonight for a headlining gig at Johnny Brenda’s. She moved to San Francisco in 2013 and her trek across country resulted in the sublime new Don’t Weigh Down the Light, which you can read more about in this interview with our Josh Pelta-Heller. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found here; listen to “Counterfeiters” below.
Ambient / drone outfit Set and Setting hails from St. Petersburg, Florida, but they share their name with an album by Philly’s Bardo Pond, so that’s good enough for me. Their music dabbles in those space-guitar / textural keyboard soundscapes popularized by the likes of Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros. Last fall the band released its record A Vivid Memory and tonight it comes to Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Listen to “Waves of Luminescence.”
Johnny Brenda's, Kamasi Washington, Meg Baird, Set and Setting, World Cafe Live