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Samora Pinderhughes Premieres 'VENUS,' on Thursday at (Le) Poisson Rouge

The Checkout from WBGO is proud to present the world premiere of VENUS, featuring Samora Pinderhughes with J. Period, this Thursday at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Pinderhughes is the embodiment of a modern musician. A pianist and composer who dwells heavily in the jazz tradition, he also seeks out other forms of expression, most recently as a singer-songwriter. This spring he debuted some of the songs from VENUS during a session in our studio, and talked about the inspiration behind the suite.


Though still in his mid-20s, Pinderhughes has already reinvented himself several times over. Each avenue of expression feels organic and true, whether he’s presenting The Transformations Suite, an original work inspired by protest movements; helping organize a Blackout Black Friday event; composing a score for a documentary film about concussions in the NFL; or performing with August Greene, a jazz/R&B/pop outfit featuring rapper Common, pianist Robert Glasper, and drummer Karriem Riggins. 

On this Checkout podcast, Pinderhughes takes another bold turn, declaring to the world that he's ready as a singer-songwriter. And it's clear that this may be the best vessel for combining his passions. Here is his in-studio solo performance of one of the songs from VENUS, a contemplative ballad called "The Truth."

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Audio mix: Corey Goldberg

Videographer: Chris Tobin

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For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.