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TERRACE MARTIN & ROBERT GLASPER TEAM UP FOR MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE
By Anjy Scates, Contributing Writer
Published May 25, 2016
Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin perform a tribute to Miles Davis on May 19 at an event hosted by Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in partnership with The Jazz Creative and All Music Television. (Photo credit: DVR Productions)

Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin perform a tribute to Miles Davis on May 19 at an event hosted by Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in partnership with The Jazz Creative and All Music Television. (Photo credit: DVR Productions)

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.

(L-R) Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper

(L-R) Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper (Photo credit: DVR Productions)

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.

Frances Davis, first wife of Miles Davis (left) and Debbie Allen of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (right) at a celebration honoring internationally renowned music icon Miles Davis. (Photo credit: DVR Productions)

Frances Davis, first wife of Miles Davis (left) and Debbie Allen of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (right) at a celebration honoring internationally renowned music icon Miles Davis. (Photo credit: DVR Productions)

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.

Terrace Martin performs a tribute in recognition of what would have been Miles Davis’ 90th birthday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.(Photo credit: DVR Productions)

Terrace Martin performs a tribute in recognition of what would have been Miles Davis’ 90th birthday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.(Photo credit: DVR Productions)

“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).

Vince Wilburn, Jr (nephew of Miles Davis, represenative of the Miles Davis Estate)

Vince Wilburn, Jr (nephew of Miles Davis, represenative of the Miles Davis Estate)

 

 GRAMMY-nominated producer and musician Terrace Martin performed a special Miles Davis tribute at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on May 19. (Photo credit: DVR Productions)

GRAMMY-nominated producer and musician Terrace Martin performed a special Miles Davis tribute at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on May 19.
(Photo credit: DVR Productions)

GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper at the tribute to Miles Davis at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. The celebration honored internationally renowned music icon Miles Davis in recognition of what would have been his 90th birthday on May 26. (Photo by DVR Productions)

GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper at the tribute to Miles Davis at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. The celebration honored internationally renowned music icon Miles Davis in recognition of what would have been his 90th birthday on May 26. (Photo by DVR Productions)

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