ARTS Pick: Kamasi Washington

Tenor sax player 
Kamasi Washington pushes genre boundaries with his Epic jazz set on Thursday. Publicity photo Tenor sax player Kamasi Washington pushes genre boundaries with his Epic jazz set on Thursday. Publicity photo

Kamasi Washington has played alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop, funk, jazz and soul—Lauryn Hill, Nas, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Thundercat and Raphael Saadiq among them. But after turning heads with his playing and arrangements on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, and releasing his three-disc, three-hour debut album (aptly titled The Epic) that same year, the tenor saxophonist emerged as a big name in his own right. Washington’s “music is very much of jazz, but the context he and his collaborators have created sits slightly outside of it,” says Pitchfork.

Thursday, November 30. $27.50-30, 8:30pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 245-4980.

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