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Keyon Harrold

  • Black Cat 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

Tickets: $18 - $48

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3x Grammy winning, global trumpet sensation Keyon Harrold celebrates Black Cat’s third birthday!

Raised in the fires of Ferguson, Missouri, and schooled in the straight-ahead jazz tradition at the New School in New York, Keyon is one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene. With one foot firmly planted in jazz and the other in hip-hop and R&B, trumpeter Keyon has thrived by effortlessly navigating the kindred musical currents. Compared to Freddie Hubbard by DownBeat and hailed as “the future of the trumpet” by Wynton Marsalis, Harrold landed his first professional horn gig with the rapper Common.

Mentored by trumpeter Charles Tolliver, Harrold contributed to the post-bop master’s 2006 album With Love (Blue Note). Since then he’s established himself as an improviser, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and studio ace via his work on recordings by the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Gregory Porter, and Maxwell. Robert Glasper recruited him to supply the trumpet work in Don Cheadle’s great Miles Davis movie Miles Ahead, which garnered him a Grammy. Just as Miles Davis broke down musical boundaries, Keyon uses his prodigious jazz chops to blow down all musical genre barriers. He has been featured on over 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel and blues. He has toured and recorded with some of the world’s best artists, including Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Prince, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Rihanna, Gregory Porter, Andre Crouch, D’Angelo, 50 Cent and LL Cool J to name a few. He was an integral part of 2x Grammy winning album “Black Summer’s Night” by R&B icon Maxwell.

He weaves together all of these experiences on his second album as a leader, 2017’s The Mugician, a politically charged project deeply marked by the 2014 unrest in his hometown, Ferguson, Missouri. Sweeping and cinematic, the music draws on and obliterates the boundaries between jazz, classical, hip-hop, rock and blues to create something uniquely modern, unmistakably American, and triumphantly cohesive — thanks to Harrold’s virtuosic skill as a trumpeter and songwriter, and his relentless optimistic belief in brighter days to come.

“The Mugician” studio recording featured special guests including Robert Glasper, Bilal, Pharoahe Monch, Georgia Anne Muldrow and others. The live recording sessions at Black Cat will feature many special guests over the four nights! This is the first live jazz recording in San Francisco’s historic Tenderloin District since Miles Davis recorded his two-album release “Friday and Saturday Nights, Live @ The Black Hawk” in 1961.

Each evening features two sets: 7:30 PM-8:45 PM and 10:00 PM-11:15 PM. Guests may book anytime between 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM for the first set, and between 9:00 PM -9:45 PM for the second set. Late arrivals may not be admitted.

Keyon Harrold is the future of the trumpet” and “one of the most sought after trumpeters in the world!
— Wynton Marsalis
A fine trumpeter: pungent tone, technical grace, and emotional resonance.
— Jazz Times Magazine
Keyon Harrold is equal parts music and magic.
— Billboard
Earlier Event: July 24
Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet
Later Event: July 26
Keyon Harrold