Grammy award winning musicians, Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper teamed up to perform a tribute to the legendary Jazz instrumentalist Miles Davis, on Thursday May 19th, at The Bridge in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.
The tribute sponsored by the Jazz Creative, All Music Television, and Fusicology, also featured live art, by portraitist Jazmin Hicks, and a behind the scenes interview of Martin and Glasper by DJ Moonbaby.
Martin and Glasper are both classically trained Jazz instrumentalist and producers, who sonically defies genre, much like that of the late Miles Davis. He “was a person that was always very comfortable in own skin.” “He taught me how to be me,” states Glasper.
The audience was captivated from the moment that Martin and Glasper took the stage. It was a melting pot of bubbling, brown sugar. Robert was etherial on the keys, Martin lyrical on the sax and the bassist, guitarist and drummer had mad chemistry. The vibrant and eclectic fans that filled the room were a mirror reflection of their music; diverse and full of life.
Robert Glasper scored the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, co-written, directed and starred in by Don Cheadle. Glasper also just released a new album “Everything’s Beautiful”, where he reimagines and composes music in the style of Miles Davis, featuring artist like Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder.
LA native, Terrace Martin, most widely known for producing the smooth synthesis of Jazz and Hip-Hop influences on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, also recently released a solo project entitled “Velvet Portraits”. One thing we can all learn from Miles Davis’ music and legacy is that “There is no such thing as no. You can try everything”, says Martin.
“Love to Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin for a beautiful event. I love you cats. So many beautiful faces and love from the community. Uncle Miles Smiles,” added Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles Davis, representative of the Miles Davis Estate).