Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Tickets for the North American dates go on sale Friday

Herbie Hancock with Kamasi Washington in performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA in January 2018 (photo by Evan Haga)
Herbie Hancock with surprise guest Kamasi Washington in performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., January 2018 (photo by Evan Haga)

Two jazz giants—pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Kamasi Washington—will take the stage together this summer on a co-headlining tour.

Ten shows by the duo are currently planned across North America, starting July 30 in Vienna, Virginia. The tour is tentatively set to end on Aug. 23 in Berkeley, Calif. It includes stops at the Newport Jazz Festival, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, Seattle, and Portland. More cities are expected to be added. Tickets go on sale Friday, Apr. 12.

Each musician will perform a distinct set with his own band. Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, James Genus on bass, Lionel Loueke on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin will accompany Hancock on the road. Fans can expect to hear some of Hancock’s new album, a still-untitled project that has been in the works for several years.

Since the 2018 release of Heaven and Earth and its counterpart The Choice, Washington has toured the world, with sold-out shows in North America and Europe. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim and was 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.

Current tour dates follow:

7/30/19 – Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap

8/4/19 – Philadelphia, PA, The Met

8/6/19 – Toronto, ON, Roy Thompson Hall

8/7/19 – Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights

8/8/19 – Detroit, MI, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre

8/9 or 8/10/19 (TBC) – Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

8/14/19 – Denver, CO, The Mission Ballroom

8/16/19 – Seattle, WA, Marymoor

8/17/19 – Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo

8/23/19 – Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre