Kamasi Washington will be playing in Kansas City at The Truman on Monday. Singer-songwriter Victory Boyd will be opening for him.

The Sound Check
Mike Nickells

Kamasi Washington will be playing in Kansas City at The Truman on Monday. Singer-songwriter Victory Boyd will be opening for him.
Washington is touring on his second album, “Heaven & Earth,” which came out June 22. But the saxophonist’s musical pedigree goes much deeper than his two albums. During his time studying ethnomusicology at UCLA, he formed the band The Young Jazz Giants, which recorded their first album after his freshman year and went on a national tour with rapper Snoop Dog after his sophomore year.
After that, he joined Gerald Wilson’s orchestra and went out on his first international tour with Raphael Saadiq.
Throughout his career, he has played with several notable artists from a wide range of genres such as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Jeffrey Osborne and Chaka Khan. In more recent collaborations, Washington played saxophone on Flying Lotus’ album “You’re Dead!”
He was also featured in the song “Thursday in the Danger Room” by Run the Jewels.
Kamasi wrote arrangements and played on Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Washington’s first album, “The Epic,” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Russia.
Washington is definitely one of the leaders in this new era of jazz musicians.
Don’t miss your chance to see him when he comes to Kansas City.
Mike Nickells writes about music in the Leavenworth area. To contact him, send email to mnickells@leavenworthtimes.com