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Reared in a household where Motown, R&B, and gospel were constant companions, Robert Glasper got his start playing piano in church and accompanying his mother on club dates on the Houston jazz circuit. He went on to sharpen his prodigal chops at the Houston High School for the Performing Arts and New School University, allowing his developing affinity for pop, hip-hop, and rock to inform his musical sensibilities. By 2003, Glasper had already racked up spots in the bands of prominent jazz artists, and his appreciation for hip-hop and R&B allowed him to form bonds in those respective worlds.
After multiple successes with solo and trio jazz albums on Blue Note, Glasper released Black Radio with his band the Robert Glasper Experiment, receiving critical acclaim and his first Grammy award. Featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Meshell Ndegeocello, and yasiin bey, the album was cultivated via a series of jam sessions with artists from different genres with whom Glasper had formed alliances during his time in the music industry. 2013’s Black Radio 2 further exemplified Glasper’s remarkable skill as a producer and musician adept at extracting a truly extraordinary side of his guests’ acclaimed talents, regardless of genre.
Robert Glasper has been a Steinway Artist since 2015.
Photo: Kirk Edwards