SAN FRANCISCO - GRAMMY U: SoundCheck with Robert Glasper Experiment


San Francisco - GRAMMY U SoundCheck with Robert Glasper Experiment


Date: Friday, March 8, 2013

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Venue: The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland, CA 94612


RSVP Required: Please RSVP here



GRAMMY U SoundChecks are for GRAMMY U student members to get up close and personal with touring artists and staff by attending sound check and Q&A with the team to learn more about real world artist experiences and music industry careers. Attendees are encouraged to submit a relevant question for the artists/touring staff with their RSVP!

At this SoundCheck the Q&A will feature the whole band: Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, and Mark Colenburg.

This is a limited capacity event.

GRAMMY U San Francisco Chapter has a 48-hour cancellation policy for limited capacity events. If you find you cannot attend an event you have RSVP'd to, contact us to release your spot to a waitlisted member. Failure to cancel your reservation within 48-hours for two “limited capacity” events will preclude you from attending any limited capacity events for a full calendar year.

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Growing up in Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper had a strong musical influence in his mother, who played piano and sang gospel music in church as well as in jazz and blues clubs in Houston. By the age of twelve, he was playing piano in church and often accompanied his mother in clubs. Raised on gospel, Motown, and R&B, by his teens he was listening to jazz, rock, pop and hip hop. He attended the Houston High School for the Performing Arts and moved to New York City to study at New School University. While still in school he was already playing with Christian McBride and Kenny Garrett, and went on to play with Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove.

After releasing his debut album Mood on the Fresh Sound label in 2003 followed by two buzzed about Blue Note albums with his acoustic Trio—Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007)—Glasper perfectly captured his unique duality with Double-Booked (2009), an album that juxtaposed his Trio and Experiment bands, and earned the keyboardist his first GRAMMY nomination.

He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s GRAMMY-nominated 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his labelmate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the Music Director in rapper yasiin bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell. New York Magazine has called his music “direct, forceful, inventive, and accessible without pandering.”

In 2012, Robert Glasper Experiment released his break-out album Black Radio, which took home the GRAMMY Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th GRAMMYs. Black Radio is a future landmark that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. Black Radio features many of Glasper’s famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), and yasiin bey (Mos Def).
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The New Parish
579 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
March 8, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm