Thursday, February 28, 2019

Jazz Roots Series at Arsht Center Brings Leading Edge Jazz Performance to Miami March 8, 2019

In search of a sound that might 
reflect the tenor of the times.


March 8, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Christian Scott, Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson,
 Taylor McFerrin and Robert Glasper, an all-star ensemble, 
blur genre lines and inspire “a new generation of jazzers”
(Rolling Stone).

In an era when every headline carries some new horror or fresh worry, we need music that can clap back with immediacy, skill, and heart. We need a band so at home in its skin that it can play without ego and lead with love—artists whose very existence attests to resilience and hope. We need R+R=NOW, a supergroup assembled by Robert Glasper but functionally egalitarian, in no small part because its members are visionary players, composers, and producers on their own: Glasper on keys, Terrace Martin on synthesizer and vocoder, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth and beatbox, and newcomer Justin Tyson on drums. You could try to count up the GRAMMYs between them but you'd be missing the point. This genre-mashing outfit moves as one and, as their name reveals, with great purpose.

The debut album by R+R=NOW is a raw document titled Collagically Speaking that seamlessly adheres neo-soul to future-funk, West Coast jazz of the moment to astral electronica, instrumental hip-hop to musique concrète, avant-garde to classical. Guest voices get caught in that mix as well: actors Omari Hardwick (Power) and Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Expendables); actress Amanda Seales (Insecure); MCs Stalley and yasiin bey (f.k.a. Mos Def); and singers Amber Navran (of Moonchild) and Goapele. The themes that bind it all together are both spoken and inferred: romantic love, universal love, systemic bigotry, the women's movement, quiet power, wild creativity, personal loss and growth.

Robert Glasper, keys
Terrace Martin, synthesizer and vocoder
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, trumpet
Derrick Hodge, bass
Taylor McFerrin, synth and beatbox
Justin Tyson, drums


April 12, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Sergio Mendes, three-time Grammy® Award-winning producer, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist returns to the Arsht Center
for a great evening of bossa nova and samba.

The Arsht Center is thrilled to announce the 11th season of
JAZZ ROOTS which brings jazz legends from around the
globe to our own Knight Concert Hall - acclaimed as one of
the most acoustically superb concert halls of our age!

John S. and James L. 
Knight Concert Hall
at the
Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Box Office (305)949-6722

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