KAMASI WASHINGTON -The Magnificent 7

Kamasi Washington (born February 18, 1981) is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, production editor and band leader. Washington is mainly known for his tenor playing, following in the traditions of John Coltrane, andAlbert Ayler.

Washington was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, to musical parents and educators, and was raised in Inglewood, California. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music of Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles) in the Beverlywood neighborhood.Washington next enrolled in UCLA‘s Department of Ethnomusicology. There, he began playing with numerous faculty members such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins and band leader and trumpeter Gerald Wilson and released the Young Jazz Giants album in 2004. He has since played along with a musically diverse group of musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, Francisco Aguabella, the Pan Afrikaan Peoples Orchestra and Raphael Saadiq. Washington played saxophone on Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly and released a solo album, The Epic in 2015.

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As bandleader

  • Live At 5th Street Dick’s, 2005 (2CD), self-released on Kamasi’s own indie label.
  • The Proclamation, 2007, self-released on Kamasi’s own indie label.
  • Light Of The World, 2008, self-released on Kamasi’s own indie label.
  • The Epic, 2015 (3CD), on Brainfeeder Records.

As sideman/guest musician

  • Young Jazz Giants (quartet with Kamasi, Cameron Graves, Stephen Bruner, Ronald Bruner), 2004, on Birdman Records.
  • In My Time by Gerald Wilson Orchestra (with Kamasi as guest saxophonist with Gerald’s New York City band), 2005, on Mack Avenue Records.
  • Chameleon by Harvey Mason (with Kamasi as guest saxophonist on the track “Black Frost”), 2014, on Concord Records.
  • Up by Stanley Clarke (with Kamasi as guest saxophonist on the track “I Have Something To Tell You Tonight”), 2014, on Mack Avenue Records.
  • You’re Dead! by Flying Lotus, 2014, on Warp Records.
  • To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (with Kamasi as guest saxophonist), 2015, on Aftermath/Interscope Records.
  • The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam by Thundercat, 2015, on Brainfeeder.