Goodness knows how he finds the time - Robert Glasper has released three albums over the past couple of years, toured the world with his band, produced records for others, and still made it out to mentor a select group of young Northwest musicians for the 16th annual More Music @ the Moore concert, March 25.
After a few days of auditions, a select group of musicians from 14 to 21 were chosen to participate in this unique mentoring opportunity. Live on 88.5, our studio audience was charmed by the Maia Nelson Quartet, featuring the bass player and singer with Ben Lindenberg on sax, Brandon Apodaca at the piano and Ethan LeFaive playing drums. (All four are currently students at Seattle jazz factories Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools) Mr. Glasper looked on, suggesting little adjustments to their arrangements and giving them encouragement.
Mr Glasper told us what many of us already knew - the Pacific Northwest is filled with some especially talented young musicians. He also mentioned the exciting prospect of more young women playing jazz, the value of learning in a big band, and how he talked to his students about developing good habits of professional musicians.
Glasper also mentioned one of his early heroes, trumpet player Roy Hargrove, who he saw as an example to follow into the world of jazz. This three-time Grammy winner certainly was a fine example for these talented young jazz cats!