The 2022 edition of Jazzfest celebrated tradition, jazz standards, and new directions, and few names capture the progression of contemporary jazz as much as Kamasi Washington.
Washington closed out the final night of Jazzfest on the mainstage. The Los Angeles saxophonist brought along with him a full band of incredibly talented musicians, including Washington’s father Ricky Washington, bassist Miles Mosley, pianist Cameron Graves, vocalist Patrice Quinn, trombonist Ryan Porter, and drummers Tony Austin and Ronald Bruner Jr. Each of the members had multiple moments to shine, from the amazing piano pieces of Graves, Mosley’s intricate basslines enhanced with different pedal effects, to the drummer dialogue between Austin and Bruner Jr.
Washington has been involved in many side projects over the years, working with the likes of Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Robert Glasper, and Snoop Dogg to name a few. He has been fusing hip-hop, R&B and jazz into his music for over 20 years.
The very last act of the 2022 edition of Jazzfest was Dallas, Texas’ Ghost-Note. The funky, jazz fusion group played to a large crowd who didn’t want the night to end. Made up of several members of Snarky Puppy, along with a number of other musicians, there was a high degree of talent on stage.