Keyon Harrold

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The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is a perennial summer favorite in New York City, bringing crowds to both Tompkins Square Park in the East Village and Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. 

This was the festival's 26th year, and we captured two sets in Harlem, by singer Catherine Russell and trumpeter Keyon Harrold. You can hear them both here, exclusively on WBGO.

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Keyon Harrold’s beautiful trumpet tone has been heard on many of our era’ s defining popular music, from Jay-Z to Maxwell to Mac Miller.


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Keyon Harrold, “Wayfaring Traveler” (ft. Jermaine Holmes, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Robert Glasper)

If you saw the movie Miles Ahead, you may recall that Keyon Harrold was tasked with ghosting the trumpet playing — which meant not just persuasively invoking Miles Davis, but doing so in perfect sync with Don Cheadle’s embouchure and fingerings. This was an impressive feat, but no more so than The Mugician, Harrold’s forthcoming album, which finds him accountable to no one but himself.