Kamasi Washington (born 1981 in Los Angeles) is a Californian jazz saxophonist. composer, production editor and band leader. Kamasi is mainly known for his tenor playing., following in the traditions of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.
Kamasi Washington was born in Los Angeles to musical parents and educators and was raised in Inglewood, California. He is a graduate of the Hamilton High Music Academy in Beverlywood, California. Washington next enrolled in UCLA's Department of Ethnomusicology. There, he began playing with numerous faculty members such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins and pianist Gerald Wilson. He has since played along with a musically diverse group of musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Horace Tapsock, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Francisco Aguabella, the Pan Afrikaan Peoples Orchestra and Raphael Saadiq.
Winner, 1999 John Coltrane Music Competition
Music Festivals and Benefits
Kamari Washington has played and arranged for the following music festivals:
Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Fifth Annual Leimert Park African Art and Music Festival, Sept. 1, 2013, Leimert Park, Los Angeles
Third Annual Leimert Park African Art and Music Festival, 2011, Leimert Park, Los Angeles
Kjazz First Annual Summer Benefit Concert, June 20, 2013, Walt Disney Concert Hall, with drummer Harvey Mason of Harvey Mason's Chame