The next show will air on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast feature an interview with saxophonist Kamasi Washingon, highlighting his debut 3-CD release as a leader, the appropriately titled The Epic.
Kamasi Washington is an American jazz musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Born into a musical family, Washington began playing saxophone at the age of 13, later attending the prestigious Hamilton High School of Music followed by UCLA. He has toured and recorded with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Rapahel Saadiq, Kendrick Lamar, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan, to name a few. Along with his own 10-piece band, “The Next Step,” Washington released his groundbreaking solo album, The Epic, on May 5th, 2015. The 172-minute, triple disc masterpiece, which includes a full string orchestra and full choir, debuted at #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK. In addition to composing his own music, Washington is part of a west coast musical collective called the “West Coast Get Down.”
Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Watch Washington perform “Re Run Home” (from The Epic live in the studio of KCRW Radio.