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Robert Glasper at Royce Hall

October 25, 2012
  • Jazz pianist Robert Glasper
Jazz pianist Robert Glasper (Mike Schreiber )

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Quite possibly the biggest story in jazz of 2012, Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper made a leap to a new level with "Black Radio," his first full length album featuring his band the Experiment. A quartet steeped in the sound of funk, hip-hop and futuristic soul, Glasper's Experiment featured a full compliment of special guests including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway and Bilal. Thursday's appearance should be just as freewheeling with Brainfeeder pianist Austin Peralta also on the bill, and in case any fans questioned whether Glasper has left acoustic jazz behind, his trio set opening for bassist Ron Carter's quartet on Saturday will steady your nerves. The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Royce Hall. 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $15-$25; 8 p.m. Sat. $20-$60. cap.ucla.edu.

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