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Robert Glasper returns to the Blue Note for his annual October residency

Dennis Manuel
Courtesy of the artist

This October, Robert Glasper will return to the Blue Note in New York City for a month-long residency they call “Robtober.” The series, which kicks off October 4 and runs through November 5, will feature the keyboardist along with a diverse lineup of groups and special guests, including Norah Jones, Kamasi Washington, Yebba, Terrace Martin, Chris Dave, yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and many others. The complete schedule is listed below.

According to Blue Note Entertainment Group president Steven Bensusan, the residency, now in its fifth year, inspired the organization to present the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa, Calif, which featured Glasper as host and a star-studded lineup of artists, including most recently Mary J. Blige, Nas, Chance the Rapper, Dave Chappelle, Talib Kweli & Madlib and many others. “The Festival in Napa is a perfect example of how much the residency has grown, and what the residency has built,” said Glasper in a press release received at WBGO. “This has been an amazing run. Can’t wait to see what year five has in store.”

For more information, visit The Blue Note’s website.

The Blue Note’s Robert Glasper “Robtober” Season Five Schedule:

EPISODE ONE: THE ORGINIAL TRIO: TRIBUTE TO PIANO GIANTS October 4-5—The Original Trio: Tribute to Piano Giants

EPISODE TWO: YEBBA October 6-8—Robert Glasper with Yebba

EPISODE THREE: NORAH JONES October 11-15—Robert Glasper with Norah Jones

EPISODE FOUR: AMBER NAVRAN (MOONCHILD) October 18-19—Robert Glasper with Amber Navran (of Moonchild)

EPISODE FIVE: DINNER PARTY FEATURING TERRACE MARTIN & KAMASI WASHINGTON October 20-22—Dinner Party featuring Terrace Martin and Kamasi Washington

EPISODE SIX: TRIBUTE TO ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS October 25-26—Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

EPISODE SEVEN: D SMOKE October 27-29 Robert Glasper with D Smoke

EPISODE EIGHT: YASIIN BEY November 1-5—Robert Glasper with yasiin bey feat. Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge and DJ Jahi Sundance

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