credits his father, jazz saxophonist Ricky Washington
, with his success in the music world. The two stood side by side on the stage of The NorVa
in Norfolk, Va fronting the rest of Kamasi's band. Washington came to the forefront with the masterful 2015 album The Epic
a combination of R&B, hip-hop, classical and jazz. His 2018 follow up, Heaven and Earth
, made many "best of" lists cementing the tenor saxophonist's reputation as an important player on the scene. The Norva is a standing room only venue and after 90 minutes the crowd of 300 were still standing in front of the stage yelling for more. Washington is a giant of a man and his command of the stage matches his stature.