Friday, October 27
7:30 pm PDT
The Royal Room*
Don’t miss this rare solo DJ set with Kassa Overall who mixes vocals, power-drumming, and laptop fireworks with avant-garde experimentation, showing why Kassa’s deep Seattle jazz roots make him a go-to player in the hiphop world. Overall is a Grammy-nominated musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer who has collaborated with Theo Croker, Vijay Iyer, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tomoki Sanders, and Ishmael Butler among others. Overall previously released four critically acclaimed projects: I THINK I’M GOOD, Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz, Shades of Flu, and Shades of Flu 2. His latest release ANIMALS (Warp Records, May 2023), pushes his kaleidoscopic, subversive vision further. He layers Roland 808s against avant-garde drumming in the vein of his mentors Elvin Jones and Billy Hart, the latter of whom he studied with at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
“Kassa is a pre-eminent style bender and blender, successfully juxtaposing genres through his production expertise and use of melodic and harmonic forms that deftly integrate the new with the old.”
— Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for The New York Times
Catch Kassa Overall twice at the Earshot Jazz Festival. On Thursday October 26, Overall and his ensemble will perform at Langston.
OPENING: PHINEHAS NYANG’ORO
Phinehas Nyang’Oro is a talented young vocalist and guitarist from Durham, North Carolina. He is well versed in both American music and African traditions. Growing up, he experienced the culture of his parents home in Tanzania as well as immersing himself in the music scenes in Durham, NC where he honed his music skills at local churches, restaurants, and bars. Directly after graduating high school, Nyang’ Oro attended the American School of Modern Music in Paris, France for one year, and is now part of the Cornish Vocal Jazz program in Seattle. He performs regularly around Seattle.
7:30-8:30PM Phineas Nyang’Oro
9:30PM Kassa Overall DJ Set (21+ from 10PM)
*The Royal Room is now accepting reservations for diners! Follow this link to their online dining reservation page: https://theroyalroomseattle.com/reservations/Any questions, email email@example.com. Please note that advance concert tickets are required to obtain a table reservation. The Royal Room does not take reservations over the phone.
**Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: Earshot recommends that all ticket holders be vaccinated. Policy subject to change. Full COVID policy here.
Kassa Overall photo by Erik EBAR Bardin