Saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his band gave a free concert on June 18 as part of New York’s SummerStage program and the Blue Note Jazz Festival. The band included Washington, Ryan Porter (trombone), Brandon Coleman (keyboards), Miles Mosley (bass), Ronald Bruner Jr. and Tony Austin (drums) and Patrice Quinn (vocals on some tunes).
Performing to an overflow crowd, Washington showcased music from his 2015 breakthrough album, The Epic, as well as one new tune from his next release. Guests included the saxophonist’s father, Rickey Washington, on flute, and trumpeter Igmar Thomas, who sat in for a few numbers.
Writer-photographer Jeff Tamarkin captured Washington and some of the musicians on this perfect evening in New York.Originally Published