Recap: Kamasi Washington Tears Up SummerStage for Blue Note JazzFest

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Check out photos Jose James, Shuggie Otis, & Hiatus Kaiyote at Summerstage 2013 courtesy of Deneka Peniston (Peniston Photography).

Last week Derrick Hodge took the stage at the Cutting Room in NYC to bring his newly released Blue Note debut, Live Today, to life for an excited audience. Joined onstage by a core band of Christian Sands and Travis Sayles on keys, fellow Experiment member Mark Colenburg on drums, and Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Hodge went through a repertoire of songs featured on the album with the addition of one tribute to the late-Mulgrew Miller (featuring Sayles and Akinmusire channeling some extra intense energy) which was not on the album.

Don’t fret to much if you haven’t been able to get out to some of the amazing shows put on by Summerstage these past few months, because we’re bringing you the sights and sounds from stages around the city courtesy of the talented Deneka Peniston. Deneka was on hand at the exciting triple-feature touting Lianne La Havas, Quadron, and LP all in one day. Check out some photos from the show courtesy of Peniston Photography.

Our resident photographer, Deneka Peniston, took to Summerstage for Red Baraat’s exciting performance at Central Park. Describing themselves as “a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra rhythms with elements of Jazz, Go-Go, brass Funk, and Hip-Hop,” the Brooklyn dwellers have been making a name for themselves hitting Number 1 on the Billboard World Music Charts. Check out a few images from Red Baraat at Summerstage.

Last month the legendary Eddie Palmieri turned 76-years-old and to celebrate, he performed at Lincoln Center backed by a hugely talented group of musicians. We grabbed a couple photos with insight from our journalist who was front row for this incredible celebration.

With the Lee Morgan Story taking on new life this past week at Le Poisson Rouge, we’ve got some new insight into the project and a collection of great video and photos from the historic night that saw legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney take the stage in tribute to the late Lee Morgan. Originally brought to us by the dynamic duo of Ben Williams and John Robinson, the night also featured Marc Cary on keys, Justin Brown on drums, Leron Thomas on trumpet, and Raydar Ellis (DJ/Emcee).

Miles Davis alum, family, and some special guests got together as the Miles Electric Band to perform a couple of concerts the last couple months including the June 27 tribute to Miles Davis at the Hollywood Bowl which played host to Davis’ last public performance in August 1991, a month prior to his passing. We have some exclusive photos of their rehearsal courtesy of Ingrid C. Hertfelder of the Miles Davis Estate.

The two remaining members of the collective that took us on our first Bizarre Ride in November 1992 have kept their high-pitched voices mostly quiet over the past several years, all the while being portrayed as what they describe as “the bad guys.” After two plus years of refusing to participate together in any interviews, they finally decided the air required some overdue clarity, and chose Okayplayer as the venue to clean up the muck. This is the story of the Pharcyde, as told by Uncle Imani and Bootie Brown.