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Kamasi Washington in Central Park

Sax great performs to overflow crowd

Kamasi Washington performs a free concert in New York City's Central Park in June 2016
Kamasi Washington performs a free concert in New York City's Central Park in June 2016 (photo: Jeff Tamarkin)
Miles Mosley performs with Kamasi Washington in Central Park in June 2016
Ronald Bruner Jr. performs with Kamasi Washington in Central Park in June 2016
Tony Austin performs with Kamasi Washington in Central Park in June 2016
Brandon Coleman performs with Kamasi Washington in Central Park in June 2016

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.

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