Robert Glasper: Musician Experiences Musical Firsts

Grammy award-winning band The Robert Glasper Experiment performs as the house band for the first ever televised National Action Network's Triumph Awards (Photo Credit: Janette Beckman).

Grammy award-winning band The Robert Glasper Experiment performs as the house band for the first ever televised National Action Network’s Triumph Awards (Photo Credit: Janette Beckman).

Grammy-winning pianist and bandleader Robert Glasper recently spoke to soulhead.com about having his first musical director gig for a television program. Along with his genre-fusing band, The Robert Glasper Experiment, the Blue Note Records recording artist collaborated with a slew of recording acts as the house band for the National Action Network’s sixth annual Triumph Awards, which honors entertainers and executives of color for their outstanding contributions to social justice and their respective communities.

It’s the first time also the awards ceremony commemorating modern civil rights actions founded by Rev. Al Sharpton was televised.

Glasper explained to soulhead.com how he connected with the performers, stating, “We got it together by calling up the artists and giving talks about the songs. It went pretty fast and easy. All of the artists are great.”

Simultaneously, Glasper is also scoring the upcoming Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, directed by actor Don Cheadle. The film has acquired distribution by Sony Pictures Classics and will be released in 2016.

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This post was written by Christopher A. Daniel, pop cultural critic and music editor for the Burton Wire. He is also contributing writer for Urban Lux Magazine and Blues & Soul Magazine. Follow Christopher @Journalistorian on Twitter.

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