You’ve certainly heard the expression “like a kid in a candy store”. But what about “like Robert Glasper at the Steinway factory”? Glasper recently earned his golden ticket to the promised land of piano makers having been named an official Steinway Artist, a slightly better deal than the one he got from Willy Wonka which he had to turn down. As a Steinway Artist, Glasper joins a roster of some of the most dynamic names in piano, including Lang Lang, Diana Krall, Jason Moran, and Harry Connick, Jr. Check out Glasper as he tours the Steinway factory, in preparation for the 2015 NYC Winter Jazzfest, below the jump.
What happens when a MacArthur Fellow and a two-time Grammy winner cross paths to perform a piano duo? You guessed it, earth-shattering artistry and mind-bending fireworks!! Check out Jason Moran and Robert Glasper perform a one hour set to celebrate Blue Note Records 75th anniversary. Filmed last November at the Blue Note Festival in Paris, the video, courtesy of Arte, expires May 20th, 2015.
The Grammy-winning and now iconic Robert Glasper Experiment performed last March at the A Vaulx Jazz Festival in France. The group, formed by Glasper on keys, Casey Benjamin on vocals, keytar and sax, Derrick Hodge on bass and Mark Colenburg on drums was joined for the occasion by the one and only Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def). If you weren’t lucky enough to attend the show, here’s a full video of the concert which is made available by the Franco-German TV network Arte until March 31st, 2015. Enjoy!
Around this time last year, pianist Robert Glasper and his experiment of Casey Benjamin on saxophone & vocoder, Derrick Hodge on bass, and Mark Colenburg on percussion released Black Radio 2, the follow-up album to the previous year's Black Radio, this time more pointed in an R&B direction and still evoking the flames Glasper's fans have come to expect from him in his various musical directions. Now a year later, Glasper just released the video for Black Radio 2's first single, "I Stand Alone", featuring verses from Common and a catchy hooking featuring Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. It's a very well crafted video, with a cool, fuzzy, colorful style to it and filled with special guests like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ma Dukes, Dave Chappelle, and many others. Check out the video after the jump.