KAMASI WASHINGTON CONFIRMS JOINT SUMMER TOUR WITH  HERBIE HANCOCK

SHORT FILM AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF OUT NOW

HEAVEN AND EARTH OUT NOW

Kamasi Washington is set to embark on a co-headline tour of North America this summer with legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. Kicking off July 30 in Vienna, VA the tour will take the celebrated musicians to Philadelphia, Toronto, Seattle and more through August—see below for complete details. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, April 12 at 10am local.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 10 at 10am local time through Thursday, April 11 at 10pm local time, in Toronto before the general public on Thursday, April 11 from 10am through 10pm EDT, and in New York before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 10am EDT through Thursday, April 18 at 10pm EDT.

Since the 2018 release of Heaven and Earth and its counterpart The Choice, Washington has toured the world over with sold-out shows in North America and Europe, including New York’s Apollo Theater and London’s Brixton Academy. Washington recently debuted his short film As Told To G/D Thyself which originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival—watch here.

Heaven and Earth continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:

This tenor saxophonist—a blistering, continental colossus of jazz uplift and spectacle—returns this month with Heaven and Earth…At nearly two-and-a-half hours, the double album is nearly as sprawling and orchestral as its predecessor, with heaving solos crushed against humongous statues of horns.” —The New York Times

“In another life, the saxophonist Washington might have been a film director specializing in grandiose productions…Drawing on the inclusive spirit of seventies soul jazz and utilizing massed strings, vocals, and a contingent of eclectic improvisers, Washington creates his effect by painting with sweeping brushstrokes.” —The New Yorker

“Truly transcendent…[Washington’s] vast, refreshingly lavish soundworld is well worth getting lost in.” —Rolling Stone

A multi-genre feast of musical ideas, his most sweeping and complete statement yet…As a listening experience, Heaven and Earth contains the most transcendent moments of his output thus far, as well as some of the gnarliest.” —Pitchfork

“The O.G. saxophonist made his name in jazz, but he’s bigger than the genre.” —The FADER


Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Los Angeles. Forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school, Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Music Prize. Heaven and Earth follows The Epic as well as Washington’s 2017 EP Harmony of Difference, an exploration of the musical concept of counterpoint that debuted as an original work for the 2017 Whitney Museum of Art Biennial.

For more information, please contact Carla Sacks or Reid Kutrow at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


KAMASI WASHINGTON AND HERBIE HANCOCK TOUR
July 30  /// Vienna, VA  /// Wolf Trap
August 2-3 /// Newport, RI /// Newport Jazz Festival
August 4 /// Philadelphia, PA  /// The Met
August 6  /// Toronto, ON  /// Roy Thompson Hall
August 7 /// Huber Heights, OH  /// Rose Music Center at the Heights
August 8  /// Detroit, MI  /// Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre
August 9/10 TBC /// Chicago, IL /// Huntington Bank Pavilion
August 14 /// Denver, CO /// Mission Ballroom
August 16 /// Seattle, WA  /// Marymoor
August 17 /// Portland, OR /// Oregon Zoo
August 23 /// Berkeley, CA /// The Greek