Grammy-nominated artist to perform with WCSU jazz combos

DANBURY, CONN. — Grammy-nominated pianist Robert Glasper will join the Western Connecticut State University jazz combos for a performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Tickets will be $15. Senior citizens, students, and WCSU faculty and staff will be admitted for $10. Tickets are available at or by calling (203) 837-TIXX.

Glasper, a 32-year-old native of Houston, Texas, is the leader of the Robert Glasper Trio, an acoustic group, as well as the electric hip-hop Robert Glasper Experiment. He was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category for “All Matter” with Bilal. Glasper has garnered the respect of his fellow musicians. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as a “fantastic musician,” pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: “a harmonious maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish.”

Jamie Begian, coordinator of jazz studies at Western spoke of the importance of Glasper’s visit.

“Having Robert Glasper perform with WCSU jazz students is particularly interesting as he represents one of the younger guest artists we’ve had in a while,” Begian said. “I think our students will benefit from seeing someone close to their age play on such a high level.”

For more information, call Begian at (203) 837-8637.


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