• Kamasi Washington Set For Dublin Return

    L.A. jazz giant Kamasi Washington will return to play Dublin next year. Off the back of playing this year’s Beatyard – as well as the National Concert Hall last June – the trailblazing saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader will play Olympia Theatre on March 3, 2019. Tickets for the show are priced at €40 and go on sale this Friday at 9am.

  • Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

    Hip hop was born from jazz. Powerful drum beats from 70s jazz and jazz funk gave early pioneers Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash an abundance of ingredients to create an entirely new style of music composed of their predecessors’ songs. It’s an influence that stuck through the 80s and 90s, and whether it’s J Dilla ’s sophisticated sampling or Notorious B.I.G’s Cannonball Adderly influenced flow, the fingerprints of jazz are all over hip hop. So what happens when jazz is relegated to “music for goatee scratching elitists”, and hip hop takes up the mantle as the art form for black…

  • Kamasi Washington @ National Concert Hall, Dublin

    It’s over two years now since Inglewood native Kamasi Washington soundly and confidently delivered on the titled mandate of his debut record (and instant classic) The Epic. A three-hour behemoth of raucous, deft and daring jazz which took the world by storm and for a long time was all anyone could talk about. So it’s no surprise that tonight in the formal setting of the NCH that there’s an edge of excitement in the air. Not only that but the crowd is decidedly mixed; young and old, rolled up beanies and distinguished greys, distressed denim and well-pressed chinos. Kamasi’s sound,…

  • Kamasi Washington To Play Dublin

    Having released of the best albums of the last few years in 2015’s sprawling – and very aptly-titled The Epic – it’s been announced that L.A. saxophonist, bandleader and collaborator with the likes of Kendrick and Rtj Kamasi Washington will play Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday, June 29. Tickets – which range from €27.50 to €36 – will go on sale from March 3. Revisit or discover The Epic in full below.