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Questlove, Christian McBride and Uri Caine are getting The Philadelphia Experiment back together at Newport Jazz Fest

The Philadelphia Experiment

It’s quite possibly that Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson‘s set to see of 2017 won’t be the one he played at the The Roots’ annual summer kick-off party, the Roots Picnic — awesome as that show was.

It’s not one The Roots will play in their hometown of Philadelphia, or on their nationally televised nightly gig on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. No, it’s looking like 2017’s performance-to-see for fans of The Roots and their drummer/leader takes place in a week and a half on the quiet coast of Rhode Island, at the annual Newport Jazz Festival.
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Questlove Supreme kicks off second podcast season with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

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Questlove’s interview / music podcast Questlove Supreme returned to earbuds last week with special guest Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, the Grammy Award winning musician behind songs like “Every Time I Close My Eyes” and “Take a Bow.” During the conversation, Babyface talks about collaborating with superstars like Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men, as well as his early music days. New episodes for the second season of Questlove Supreme will drop weekly over on Pandora, with Nelly Furtado, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis slated as guests. Watch a behind the scenes clip of Questlove’s prep routine below.

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Phil Collins jam with The Roots, hear Lady Gaga sing Carpool Karaoke, read about Neil Young’s new album

Phil Collins and Questlove | photo via NME

It was a cool old-meets-new mashup on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night as Phil Collins hooked up with The Roots for a rendition of the classic 80’s hit “In the Air Tonight.” Check it out below, and pay attention to Questlove’s take on the song’s iconic drumming. Continue reading →

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Questlove talks Prince, the creative process of chefs, and why he has the best job ever on Fresh Air

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

On Sunday, April 24th, Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air, interviewed Questlove at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology about a wide range of topics including Prince, Questlove’s father Lee Andrews (who recently passed away), working with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and Quest’s new book, a collection of interviews with chefs about their creative process called somethingtofoodabout. Continue reading →

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Questlove on Prince: Remembering a Legend and his Influence

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

Over the years, Questlove has often been outspoken and vocal of his love for Prince. Thoughout Mo’ Meta Blues, his biography that was released in 2013, The Roots’ drummer told various stories about His Royal Badness, from hiding his copies of Controversy and 1999 under his bed from his father, to watching him roller skate around a party at his house on Valentine’s Day. That’s why, after the news of Prince’s unexpected death, these stories became all the more heartfelt. Continue reading →

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Join Terry Gross & Questlove for a Q&A at Penn Museum in April

 

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

On Sunday, April 24th, Questlove will be joining follow Philadelphian Terry Gross in the Harrison Auditorium at Penn Museum at 3 p.m. for an intimate interview which will air in part of her Fresh Air Live show for WHYY.

The Roots drummer will be there to discuss with Gross his new book Something To Food About: Explording Creativity With Innovative Chefs, along with other topics including his work with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, and producing the insanely successful Hamilton on Broadway. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Johnny Brenda’s, Questlove Supreme at The Foundry

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Residuels | video still by Kyle Garvey for WXPN

Philly heavy psych-blues trio Residuels headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight with support from Daddy Long Legs, The Whips and Straw Hats. The band recently appeared on The Key Studio Sessions to rock out a set of new songs and a 13th Floor Elevators cover. Watch a 16mm video of “Enough” below, download the entire session here and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →