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De’Sean Jones KNMDK

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm


“The group moves easily between lean, swinging post-bop passages and dense and slightly raw, guitar-drenched textures and bass and drum beats that sound like souped-up hip-hop, R&B and rock grooves.”
— Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press

In early 2010, co-founders De’Sean Jones (tenor saxophone) and Chase Jackson (vibraphone) came together during their time at Oberlin College to create a new group with a specific vision: to present music that was constantly changing, quickly moving, and yet aggressively precise. They compiled an all-star cast of musicians including trumpeter Aaron Janik and guitarist/producer Conrad Reeves (both currently members of R&B First Lady Faith Evans and gospel icon Kierra Sheard’s ensembles), bassist Matt Adomeit (based in Berlin), New Orleans virtuoso pianist Shea Pierre (who performs regularly with Jamison Ross, Donald Harrison, Bill Summers, and Herlin Riley), and New York drummer Austin Vaughn. In mid 2010, KNMDK came together to record their first album entitled Knomadik Reverence, an album which was released on Mack Avenue’s Detroit Music Factory Label in 2014.

Fast forward seven years and KNMDK is now a highly sought-after Detroit, MI based collective, that performs jazz clubs, rock clubs, and music festivals regularly around the world. Since the relocation to Detroit, they have added guitarist Russell Gelman-Sheehan, bassist CJ Alexander (Mariah Carey, Lana Del Rey, Toni Braxton), keyboardist Jon Dixon (Underground Resistance), and drummer Ashton Thomas. This infusion of new musicians has had a profound impact on the overall sound of the band, adding strong elements of gospel, R&B, and electronic production.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018
8:00 pm
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