Sunday, July 5, 2015

Weekend Pick: Robert Glasper's Stevie Wonder tribute at PIFA

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Weekend Pick: Robert Glasper's Stevie Wonder tribute at PIFA

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Robert Glasper ( John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com )
Robert Glasper ( John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com ) John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com

The nominees for best R&B album at the 2013 Grammy awards included some boldfaced names, including R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Tyrese and Tamia. The well-deserving surprise winner, however, was jazz pianist Robert Glasper, for Black Radio, his genre-bending set that mixed funk and soul into the a blend stirred by contributors including Eryka Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Mos Def and Philadelphians Bilal and Music Soulchild.

On Sunday, Glasper will do his bit as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts' time machine concept by providing his spin on Stevie Wonder's 1976 masterpiece, Songs In The Key Of Life. His Experiment band will be joined by Hathaway, Stokly Williams and Eric Roberson. It will be a songs-from-and-inspired-by kind of show. Below, check out Glasper's version of Wonder's "Golden Lady," which is not on Key of Life.

Learn more about Glasper here. Details on the Sunday night Kimmel Center show here.

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