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The Keyon Harrold Sessions ft/ Alex Isley
Saturday, October 9, 2021$35 – $45
Seatings: 7:00pm, 8:30pm, & 10:15. Doors open 30 minutes early.
JAZZ@theEDGE Festival! Featuring: Keyon Harrold and Alex Isley
Grammy winning, global trumpet sensation KEYON HARROLD to feature music from his highly-anticipated upcoming release “Melancholy Aura” as well as “The Mugician”.
“Keyon Harrold is the future of the trumpet” and “one of the most sought after trumpeters in the world!” Wynton Marsalis
“One of 10 New Artists You Need to Know Now.” Rolling Stone
“Keyon Harrold is equal parts music and magic.” Billboard
Raised from the fires of Ferguson, Missouri, and schooled in the straight-ahead jazz tradition at the New School in New York, Keyon is one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene.
Keyon’s friend Robert Glasper recruited him to play in Don Cheadle’s great Miles Davis movie “Miles Ahead”, which garnered him a Grammy. Just as Miles Davis broke down musical boundaries, Keyon uses his prodigious jazz chops to blow down all musical genre barriers. He has been featured on over 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel and blues. He has toured and recorded with some of the world’s best artists, including Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Prince, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Rihanna, Gregory Porter, Andre Crouch, D’Angelo, 50 Cent and LL Cool J to name a few. He was an integral part of 2x Grammy winning album “Black Summer’s Night” by R&B icon Maxwell.
Keyon is fast becoming a star solo artist in his own right. He’s not simply a musician, but also a magician: A “mugician”, a notion evoked by director Don Cheadle when describing the trumpeter’s spellbinding performance style. Keyon’s latest studio album, “The Mugician”, inspired by the Ferguson events examines our troubled times through a far wider lens than any one tragedy. Sweeping and cinematic, the music draws on and obliterates the boundaries between jazz, classical, hip-hop, rock and blues to create something uniquely modern, unmistakably American, and triumphantly cohesive — thanks to Harrold’s virtuosic skill as a trumpeter and songwriter, and his relentless optimistic belief in brighter days to come.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Alex Isley comes from a musically-rich and versatile family. Her maternal grandmother was an opera singer, and began classically-training Alex at age 12, while her father, Ernie, and his brothers, are collectively the R&B/Funk pioneers, The Isley Brothers.
Alex has collaborated with an array of artists, from Terrace Martin to Moses Sumney to Kendrick Lamar; she sang vocals on Lamar’s 2016 Grammy-winning, “These Walls”. She’s also featured on PJ Morton’s ‘The Piano Album’ (on ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ as a duet with Morton).
In November 2019, Alex and producer, Jack Dine, released a joint EP entitled ‘Wilton’. They followed with their singles, ‘Gone’, ‘Good & Plenty’ with Masego, and “Mine”. In 2020, Alex performed her own NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.