This fall we’ve partnered up with Pickathon, the world’s most sustainable large-scale outdoor concert, to bring you exclusive videos from this past summer’s headliners.
Hailed by LA Weekly as the Inglewood saxophonist who “might have made the best jazz record of the year”, Kamasi Washington is not your average force to be reckoned with. He first picked up a saxophone at the age of thirteen and since then has gone on to play alongside the likes of Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Washington was one of several artists to perform at Pickathon. Check out the video above to see him in action.
After working on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly”, Washington released his debut album “The Epic”- a fitting name for the 172-minute musical journey featuring his ten-piece band, 32-piece orchestra, and 20-person choir. His music is spiritual and maximalist, west coast jazz fused with bebop, recalling John Coltrane, and easily earning him the title of a modern classic. He headlined at the 2015 Pickathon Music Festival, and eager fans are already awaiting his return to the festival in 2016.
We’ll be releasing more of these exclusive live music videos with Pickathon, so be sure to stay tuned for more new tracks coming from the wilderness of Happy Valley.