Thursday March 24th, 7-10:16pm

Robert Hurst + Black Current Jam

Robert Hurst is a 7x Grammy & 4X Emmy Winning Bassist. Hurst has received RIAA certified Gold (5) and Platinum (3) albums.

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Bassist Robert Hurst returns to Blue LLama Jazz Club with a refined quartet show (three 45-min sets) as one of Detroit’s legendary double-bassists going on four decades. He appears perpetually in a groove and clothed in distinct momentum. Spring is here and that means an auspicious setlist with inviting avenues of discovery, playful imagination, and adventurous band interplay.

Hurst thrives as a dimensional personality (artist, soloist, composer, arranger, educator) channeling the power of music to make change. His stark value derives from an ability to craft a rave repertoire that remains unfixed from jazz’s most delicate songbook conventions. Accentuating humanity and the cultural specificity of jazz, he aspires to bring people together through his art in live settings. Thoughtful, evocative, and intensely personal, he produces compositions and arrangements steeped in the jazz tradition yet drawing liberally and often from the African Diaspora.

A listen to "Black Current Jam" (Dot Time) from 2018 reveals Hurst’s riveting tone executing ambitious conceptions and bravura bass lines. Afrocentric themes and bursts of urban street beats are welcome undercurrents. Arrangements resonate --with saxophonist Rafael Leafar, drummer Nate Winn, pianist Ian Finkelstein, and percussionist Pepe Espinosa -- pushing melodic arcs across urban contemporary, bossa, funk, and eclectic jazz-rooted rhythms. Credit well-ordered assists from singers Brendan Asante and Jillian Hurst, the bassist’s daughter, who help unleash a potpourri of sounds.

Hurst's 2022 calendar finds him busier than ever. In spring/fall he embarks on yet another world tour with pianist Diana Krall. Fall christens involvement with programming and a jazz residency at Detroit’s acclaimed Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Only last year, Hurst’s buoyant bass lines anchored a David Holmes’ movie score for director Steven Soderbergh’s “No Sudden Move”, a film noir crime thriller set in 1954 Detroit. All-time career, his bass has contributed to 25 motion picture and video scores from Hollywood.

In year seventeen, Hurst enlivens teaching for contemporary improvisation as associate music professor at the University of Michigan (School of Music, Theatre and Dance), where his classroom knowledge sharing boasts a ceiling unlimited.

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