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AKG First Friday Jazz And Happy Hour With Walter Kemp 3oh!
Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Blujazz artist Walter Kemp 3—pianist, composer, rhythmic vocalist—is the driving force behind the Walter Kemp 3oh! Kemp’s father, a classical and gospel composer, sparked Kemp’s early interest in the piano. Hearing his father perform his compositions at Carnegie Hall opened Kemp’s eyes to a world of music. The internationally recognized artist expertly builds ensembles able to dominate in an array of venues.
The 3oh!’s debut release, Dark Continent, brings Kemp’s innate abilities to the forefront, as he has joined forces with long-time musical collaborators RiShon Odel Northington, recording and touring bassist for GRAMMY-nominated Najee, and percussive phenom David “Teaspoon” Hulett. Guitarist Mary Halvorson says the trio brings “beautiful music played with fiery energy and intensity.” George W. Harris (LA Jazz Weekly) states the release, “swings with excitement . . . Kemp is richly expansive . . . Northington bends the strings with authority . . . the whole team is romantic over Hulett’s snazzy drum work . . . anything but the expected piano trio.” As featured artists on Toronto’s Jazz FM 91.1, and with a live performance heralded as “the best . . . incredibly beautiful music,” this is just the beginning for these promising young artists.