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Robert Hurst featuring Black Current Jam

A Detroit native, Robert Hurst has enjoyed a stellar career spanning 30+ years, and is a highly respected and well recognized composer, electric and acoustic bassist, educator, recording artist, and businessman. His cultivation into a membership of talented musicians from around the world was fostered by lengthy tours and GRAMMY® Award winning recordings featuring: Sir Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, the legendary Pharaoh Sanders, Barbara Streisand, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti and Diana Krall.

Robert Hurst has performed on over 250 diverse and critically acclaimed recordings. A select group of these productions has garnered him seven GRAMMY® Awards and several RIAA ® certified Multi-Platinum and Gold recordings, whilst his own eight recordings as a Bandleader have all generated Top Ten and Five Star recognition around the Globe. You may also recognize Robert as the inaugural bassist in the House Band of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for eight seasons, from 1992 to 1999. His work in performing, directing, acting, arranging, and composing on the NBC program was highlighted with four EMMY® Awards in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999. Hurst has also penned original music scores for several films including The Wood and Brown Sugar. Hurst can be heard in over 30 major motion pictures, and has featured solos and performances on Blockbuster soundtracks including Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen and Good Night, and Good Luck.

Robert’s most recent release, Black Current Jam, transcends genres and generations, with its unique and joyful sound. The Black Current Jam band highlights Detroit through drummer Nate Winn, saxophonist Rafael Statin, and vocalists Monica Blaire, alongside Cuban multi-percussionist Pepe Espinosa, two of Hurst’s former students from the University of Michigan, pianist Ian Finkelstein and vocalist Brendan Asante, and Hurst’s daughter, Jillian, on vocals. This international, inter-generational ensemble personifies the weaving together of the jazz tradition and worldly influences at the core of Hurst’s compositions, and introduces a warm array of textures and tones that celebrate Detroit in a truly global way.

September 6, 2020 8:20 pm Sunday 9/6 | Absopure Soundstage (42 Degrees N.)
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