Kamasi Washington has released a new, feature-length concert documentary, Kamasi Washington Live At The Apollo Theater. The Amazon Music film, directed by Michael Garber, highlights Washington’s headlining show at Harlem, New York’s Apollo Theater on February 23rd, 2019. Kamasi Washington Live At The Apollo Theater is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The February 23rd show saw Washington play material from his various albums, including The Epic, Harmony of Difference, and Heaven and Earth. His band, The Next Step, joined him alongside special guests DJ Battlecat and Dwight Trible.
Kamasi Washington Live At The Apollo Theater – Official Trailer
Aside from concert footage, the Kamasi Washington Live At The Apollo Theater documentary also provides behind-the-scenes footage of Washington visiting local Harlem landmarks and preparing for the show ahead of his performance at the historic theater. In a statement, Washington noted,
Playing at the Apollo Theater is one of the greatest honors that a musician can have. When I walked down 125th Street from my hotel in Harlem and saw my name on the marquee I almost couldn’t believe it. To be a part of that prestigious group of brilliant musical minds was truly humbling for me. To say that night was one of the most amazingly special nights of my life is a grave understatement. I’m so happy and thankful to be able to share this moment with people all over the world. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!
Additionally, Kamasi Washington has released a video of the group’s rendition “Street Fighter Mas”, pulled directly from the documentary. The jazz number is highlighted by vocal harmonies, a far-reaching trombone solo by Ryan Porter, saxophone leads by Washington, and a lengthy keyboard solo by Cameron Graves.
Watch Kamasi Washington perform “Street Fighter Mas” at the Apollo below.
Kamasi Washington – “Street Fighter Mas” – 2/29/19
Washington’s North American tour kicks off next week at The Underground in Charlotte, NC on February 14th. Shows up and down the East Coast will lead him west, finishing off with four dates in Texas this March. Scroll down for a detailed list of tour dates and click here for tickets.
Kamasi Washington 2020 North American Tour
February 14, Charlotte, NC, The Underground
February 15, Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
February 16, Nashville, TN, City Winery Nashville
February 18, Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
February 19, Washington, DC, Howard Theatre
February 20, Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre
February 22, Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
February 24, Boston, MA, Big Night Live
February 26, Portland, ME, State Theatre
February 27, Burlington, VT, Higher Ground Ballroom
February 28, Ithaca, NY, State Theatre of Ithaca
March 1 Buffalo, NY, Asbury Hall
March 2, Detroit, MI, Saint Andrew’s Hall
March 3, Iowa City, IA, The Rust Belt
March 4, St. Paul, MN, Fitzgerald Theater
March 6, Omaha, NE, Slowdown
March 7, Oklahoma City, OK, Tower Theatre
March 8, Austin, TX, Empire Garage & Control Room
March 10, Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas
March 11, Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston
March 12, San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre