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Robert Glasper: Happening in the Moment

Keyboardist in conversation about Blue Note, comedy and how jazz can grow

Robert Glasper (photo by Mathieu Bitton)
Robert Glasper (photo by Mathieu Bitton)

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Keyboardist Robert Glasper, a product of the same Houston high school program (HSVPA) that produced Jason Moran, Helen Sung, Beyoncé, Eric Harland and other luminaries in contemporary music, has been leading his own groups since the beginning of this century.  He came to NYC to study music at the New School and worked around the region with his trio for several years before being signed to Blue Note Records, which released his major-label debut album, Canvas, in 2004.  Since then he’s recorded nearly a dozen albums for Blue Note, and his 2012 album Black Radio won a Grammy for Best R&B Album.

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