Samora Pinderhughes

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Samora Pinderhughes writes piercing melodies that linger in your memory. His heartbreaking songs seem especially pertinent now. Watch this pianist and singer premiere a few of them — including “Process,” which releases today as a single — in a stirring concert video.

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Samora Pinderhughes released Black Spring in April — one month before the killing of George Floyd and our country’s larger moment of reckoning. But his EP eerily serves as a musical reflection on our current wave of unrest. 


“Our best musicians in the jazz tradition were radical imaginers,” says Samora Pinderhughes.

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Samora Pinderhughes lives in a constant state of metamorphosis. Five years after his Transformation Suite, this brilliant pianist and singer-songwriter is ready to burst out of his latest cocoon with Venus.

Pinderhughes says the name refers not to the planet but rather a line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet — “Venus smiles not in the house of tears” — that sets the bloom of love against the weight of tragedy.

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.