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Sam Prather & Groove Orchestra

Samuel Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington DC. He has developed a reputation in the local music scene performing and producing with all types of acts; equally comfortable in Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, Neo-Soul, and R&B. He has worked with Hugh Masekela, Raul Midon, Fred Yonnet, Cyrus Chestnut, Pharoh Saunders, and Bennie Maupin to name a few. Sam studied with Lafayette Gilcrest, Allyn Johnson, Charlie Young, and Charles Covington on his way to finishing the graduate program at Howard University.

R+R=NOW

Robert Glasper. Terrace Martin. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Derrick Hodge. Justin Tyson. Taylor McFerrin. 

 

New project brings together the seminal voices of his generation with a shared mission: to create music of and for its time. 

 

Robert Glasper is a game-changer. So are his friends. In 2018 you can hear what happens when the best of the best come together on one stage with one purpose. 

 

Patricia Barber

From her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has
drawn extravagant accolades. The praise came at first from local writers, impressed by
her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations. As she added vocals
to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national reviewers intoxicated by her
recordings. And when (after years of international touring) she began to focus on her own
compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and her often
indelible imagery.

Melissa Aldana

Acclaimed tenor saxophonist MELISSA ALDANA follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, this time released on the Wommusic label. Pablo Menares, Aldana’s fellow native of Santiago, Chile, is again on bass. On drums is the in- demand Jochen Rueckert, bringing a supple and unpredictable rhythmic élan to the session. These three musicians turn on a dime and project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity, all in the absence of a harmony instrument. 

Leslie Odom Jr.

Tony and Grammy Award- winning performer, Leslie Odom Jr., has taken the entertainment world by storm across a variety of media – spanning Broadway, television, film, and music. 

Ivan Lins & Friends

Ivan Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro, on June 16th, 1945. He is a complete musician and great songwriter, known for many Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards he received, by numerous recordings of his work worldwide, differentiated by their harmonies and its arrangement at the same time refined and popular. Not coincidentally, he is the most recorded Brazilian artist living abroad.

Grégoire Maret

Gregoire is an amazing player. His scope is broad and he's fearless. There's no one else out there that comes close on the harmonica and he rivals the best on any instrument. He's one of the most creative musicians around. - Herbie Hancock 

 

Gregoire Maret possesses the most original voice on harmonica since Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. He is carrying the instrument into the 21st century with prowess, passion, and creativity. - Marcus Miller