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SF Sketchfest presents Reggie Watts + Robert Glasper: the jazz collaboration
February 02, 2012
Part Three of “Reggidencey: a Reggie Watts series”
Thurs, Feb 2
Recommended for mature audiences
SF Sketchfest and Yoshi’s are pleased to present Reggie Watts and Robert Glasper in a first-time-ever collaboration. There is no telling what these two wonderfully unique artists will come up with when they merge their respective worlds of improvisation, comedy, jazz and hip-hop.
Reggie Watts, internationally-renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improviser, wows audiences with his unpredictable performances which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.” As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American “Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour. Reggie was crowned “Hot Comedian” by Rolling Stone, named SPIN Magazine’s “Best New Comedian” and “Best of CMJ” 2010, and a featured profile in GQ’s Man Of The Year issue 2010. Reggie released his debut comedy CD/DVD ‘Why $#!+ So Crazy?’ on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. http://www.reggiewatts.com
Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip-hop and R&B. He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his label mate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the music director in Yasiin Bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell. The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it's a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he's equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones. http://www.robertglasper.com
Tonight’s event is part three of a 4-part Reggie Watts “Reggidency” in multiple venues across the Bay Area. For full details on the series, visit http://www.sfsketchfest.com.