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The Keyon Harrold Sessions ft/ Kenneth Whalum
Friday, October 1, 2021$35 – $45
Seatings: 7:00pm, 8:30pm, & 10:15pm. Doors open 30 minutes early.
JAZZ@theEDGE Festival! Featuring: Keyon Harrold
“Keyon Harrold is the future of the trumpet” and “one of the most sought after trumpeters in the world!” Wynton Marsalis
“One of 10 New Artists You Need to Know Now.” Rolling Stone
“Keyon Harrold is equal parts music and magic.” Billboard
Raised from the fires of Ferguson, Missouri, and schooled in the straight-ahead jazz tradition at the New School in New York, Keyon is one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene.
Keyon’s friend Robert Glasper recruited him to play in Don Cheadle’s great Miles Davis movie “Miles Ahead”, which garnered him a Grammy. Just as Miles Davis broke down musical boundaries, Keyon uses his prodigious jazz chops to blow down all musical genre barriers. He has been featured on over 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel and blues. He has toured and recorded with some of the world’s best artists, including Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Prince, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Rihanna, Gregory Porter, Andre Crouch, D’Angelo, 50 Cent and LL Cool J to name a few. He was an integral part of 2x Grammy winning album “Black Summer’s Night” by R&B icon Maxwell.
Keyon is fast becoming a star solo artist in his own right. He’s not simply a musician, but also a magician: A “mugician”, a notion evoked by director Don Cheadle when describing the trumpeter’s spellbinding performance style. Keyon’s latest studio album, “The Mugician”, inspired by the Ferguson events examines our troubled times through a far wider lens than any one tragedy. Sweeping and cinematic, the music draws on and obliterates the boundaries between jazz, classical, hip-hop, rock and blues to create something uniquely modern, unmistakably American, and triumphantly cohesive — thanks to Harrold’s virtuosic skill as a trumpeter and songwriter, and his relentless optimistic belief in brighter days to come.
A remarkable composer, vocalist, and saxophonist, Memphis born musician Kenneth Whalum has set a new direction in music that can be described as creatively engaging, intense, and artistically real, to push the conventional boundaries of contemporary emerging artists. Whalum fuses together soul, alternative, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and blues–creating Picasso-like colors and brimming textures, of even richer musical hues.
Whalum has performed and recorded along side this generation’s most renowned entertainers, singers, and musicians; including R&B crooner Maxwell, D’Angelo, rap star Jay Z, and many others. In the past, Kenneth has toured with music icon Sean “P Diddy” Combs. This engagement led to television appearances hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks, Jimmy Kimmel, and David letterman. Whalum quickly played on more gigs and tours for the industry’s most sought after producers, musicians and entertainers. After Combs, Whalum toured with rapper and business leader Jay-Z. This led him to write the horn arrangement for Jay-Z’s popular song “Roc Boys (And the Winner is)” and to be featured on the album, American Gangster. The song was named No. 1 by Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 best Songs of 2007.”
Whalum went on to record, tour, and write for the industry’s most leading musicians and entertainers, including multi-platinum artists 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Mary J. Blige, Ciara and provided recording accompaniment for Fantasia, Beyonce, Joss Stone, and R&B producer Rodney Jerkins.
In 2015, Kenneth released his first single as a solo artist called, “Ghost Town”. He released “Might Not Be Ok”, as his next single the following year, which features popular hip-hop artist, Big K.R.I.T. By 2017, he released a full album for his artistry called Broken Land, which included the two singles. In the past year, Kenneth featured on Big K.R.I.T.’s latest album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. He also recorded on Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues and Jay-Z’s 4:44.