Alabama Shakes and Kamasi Washington are among the leading nominees for this year's 5th Annual Libera Awards, a celebration of the independent music scene that caps A2IM's Indie Week conference held this summer in New York City. The Libera Awards will be held at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in NYC on June 16.
Kamasi Washington was a guest on "Charlie Rose" last week. In addition to performing "Re Run" and "The Rhythm Changes" from The Epic with his band the Next Step, he sat down for a chat with Rose. He talked about why Kendrick Lamar is "the John Coltrane of hip-hop" and "a pure artist," growing up in Inglewood, his friendship with his band, the state of jazz, the art of songwriting, and more.
Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington is a central figure in the Los Angeles jazz scene. He’s toured for over a decade with artists like Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, and Snoop Dogg. He collaborated on Kendrick Lamar's classic "To Pimp A Butterfly". And only months later, Kamasi released his own highly-acclaimed, three-disc record "The Epic"
For a minute there Kamasi Washington was The Guy Who Played Saxophone and Created the Jazz Arrangements on the Kendrick Record, but it didn’t take long for his astonishing album The Epic to develop a life of its own.
After growing up in Los Angeles and working as a touring musician for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauren Hill and Raphael Saadiq, the 34-year-old saxophonist, bandleader and composer earned his first major recognition for his musical contributions to Kendrick Lamar’s massively hailed To Pimp A Butterfly.