Kamasi Washington Announces Live Film

Kamasi Washington will release Kamasi Washington Live at The Apollo Theater
Kamasi Washington live at the Apollo Theater

Kamasi Washington will release Kamasi Washington Live at The Apollo Theater, this Thursday, February 6 via Amazon Music. The film, directed by Michael Garber and recorded at Washington’s February 2019 headline show at the features Washington performing songs from The Epic, Harmony of Difference and Heaven and Earth alongside his band The Next Step with guests DJ Battlecat and vocalist Dwight Trible. Intimate shots of Washington preparing for the show and visiting Harlem landmarks are throughout, offering insight into the tremendous artist’s process. Watch the trailer here, and watch the film at the same link on Thursday.

“Playing at the Apollo Theater is one of the greatest honors that a musician can have,” says Washington. “When I walked down 125th Street from my hotel in Harlem and saw my name on the marquee I almost couldn’t believe it. To be a part of that prestigious group of brilliant musical minds was truly humbling for me. To say that night was one of the most amazingly special nights of my life is a grave understatement. I’m so happy and thankful to be able to share this moment with people all over the world. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!”

“It’s an immense honor for us to share Kamasi Washington’s momentous concert at the Apollo Theater with the world, and also give our customers the opportunity to hear an early gem like ‘The Bombshell’s Waltz,’” said Stephen Brower with Artist Relations at Amazon Music. “We started Amazon Originals with the goal of bringing artists’ creative visions to life while providing our customers with new, unique musical experiences. To be able to work with an artist like Kamasi, who truly represents the vanguard of music today, and document an historic performance in an historic venue is a prime example of what makes this program so special.”

In other news, Amazon Music has released “The Bombshell’s Waltz,” a previously unheard work of Kamasi’s only on Amazon Music. Originally recorded for Washington’s early, self-released album The Proclamation in 2007 but never widely distributed or streamed, the composition is now available on Amazon Music and newly mastered for Ultra HD on Amazon Music HD, which is also available to stream.


Kamasi Washington: Tenor Saxophone
Rickey Washington: Flute and Soprano Saxophone
Ryan Porter: Trombone
Brandon Coleman: Keyboards
Ronald Bruner Jr: Drums
Tony Austin: Drums
Miles Mosley: Bass
Patrice Quinn: Vocals
Kahlil Cummings: Percussion
Allakoi Peete: Percussion
Cameron Graves: Keyboard
Igmar Thomas: Trumpet
Dwight Trible: Vocals
DJ Battlecat: Turntables


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