Thursday, February 6 will see the release of Kamasi Washington Live at the Apollo Theater, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Michael Garber, the film was recorded in February 2019 at Washington’s performance at the historic Harlem venue. Joining Washington in the film is his band, The Next Step, with special guests DJ Battlecat and vocalist Dwight Trible.
“Playing at the Apollo Theater is one of the greatest honors that a musician can have,” said Washington. “When I walked down 125th Street from my hotel in Harlem and saw my name on the marquee I almost couldn’t believe it. To be a part of that prestigious group of brilliant musical minds was truly humbling for me. To say that night was one of the most amazingly special nights of my life is a grave understatement. I’m so happy and thankful to be able to share this moment with people all over the world. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!”
The film includes one previously unreleased track, “The Bombshell’s Waltz,” initially recorded for Washington’s 2007 album, The Proclamation, which can be streamed below. Watch Kamasi Washington Live At The Apollo Theater beginning February 6 via Amazon Music.