KNMDK featuring De'Sean Jones
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a Fall date.
Formed in 2010, KNMDK (Knomadik) is a powerhouse collective of pure animalistic creativity. By slipping between a multitude of influences and genres including hip hop, rock, jazz, metal, electronic, and R&B, KNMDK conveys a sonically visceral narrative that is as captivating as it is exhilarating. This is a collective mentality as much as it is a collective of musicians.
KNMDK (Detroit, MI) // Jazz-Fusion/house
Confidence and talent have taken DeSean Jones far in the last decade and a half, a long road that started with a casual bet between DeSean and his father.
Just 12 years old at the time, and having only dabbled in music up to that point, DeSean heard the music of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Intrigued, but not intimidated, his reaction was I can do that.
To his surprise, the elder Jones called his bluff by purchasing a saxophone and gave the young man six months to prove himself. The rest is Detroit music history, still in the making.
A prodigy on tenor sax, Jones participated in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's civic jazz program, attended the Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. He also studied under renowned jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker both through the DSO and Michigan State University.
His mentors entered his life early, leading him into the folds of Detroits weighty jazz scene at the age of 15. As a teenager Jones played with such notables as the late-great Gerald Wilson, Donald Walden and Lawrence Williams. But it was Detroit jazz icon, Marcus Belgrave that left the deepest imprint on his musical soul.
Marcus is the reason I became a musician, DeSean says of the late- great trumpet player. Belgrave became a second father to DeSean; his musical father. He brought him into the world of jazz that would be his home, his familiar place, into adulthood, even as he ventured out into other areas of musical experimentation. The two even engaged in long, sometimes harsh conversations that were rarely about music, but rather about life.
He was much more than a force from the bandstand, says DeSean. He was my role model. He helped groom me into a man.
On his newest project, the release of Knomadik Reverence by the DeSean Jones Septet, DeSean pays homage to his spiritual beliefs and to those who inspired him as a student, in particular on the cut Solomon Da Wise, which he wrote and dedicated to Belgrave and early mentor, Solomon Parham.
The first release for the DeSean Jones Septet on the Detroit Music Factory label, Knomadik Reverence is a collection of all original tracks that ambles on the adventurous side of jazz, but not without high energy.
DeSeans band mates in the septet include Chase Jackson on Vibraphone, who also wrote two of the albums tracks. The other musicians are Aaron Janik on trumpet, Conrad Reeves on guitar, Shea Pierre on keyboards/piano, Matt Adomeit on bass and Austin Vaughn on drums.
Just as rich and emotionally charged as Solomon Da Wise is the sultry Greyhound. People like Greyhound because it tells a story, says DeSean.
The piece is a rollercoaster of a composition, moving from high energy to methodic layers.
I think people appreciate that it takes them on a journey, he says.
Over the years, DeSean has evolved to become much more than a jazz musician. His originality and unique sound fuse a multitude of influences including funk, hip hop, bebop and soul. He has been an active member of the legendary Detroit electronic music collective Underground Resistance for several years, and has toured and co- produced alongside techno pioneer Mike Banks and keyboardist Jon Dixon.
Hes toured the world with numerous acts including Stevie Wonder, The Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams and Faith Evans.
Not yet 30 years old, DeSean Jones is making music beyond his years, and if Knomadik Reverence is any indication, his talent and confidence arent showing any signs of slowing down. [A] roarin young lion, according to music writer and jazz aficionado Charles Latimer, who says DeSean can make his tenor swing and sing at the very same time.
UrbanBeat Event Center (View)
1213 Turner St
Lansing, MI 48906
|Minimum Age: 21|
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|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|