Blue Note Jazz Club announces the residence of Robert Glasper “Robtober”
The Blue Note Jazz Club of New York has announced the return of multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Robert Glasper to the Blue Note stage for a “Robtober” fall residency in the heart of Greenwich Village.
From October 1 to November 7, Glasper will present a total of 66 shows over 33 nights, including the Halloween weekend. The show series continues Blue Note’s historic 40th anniversary festivities.
Robtober is already turning into an incredible series of shows with high caliber guests who are sure to command the stage alongside Robert Glasper. Glasper’s previous Blue Note shows included tributes to Stevie Wonder, Roy Hargrove, and J Dilla. Prominent celebrities and unannounced special guests including Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Chris Rock, Questlove, Jill Scott, Common, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli (Black Star) and Yebba are known to go through the Blue Note to join. Glasper for impromptu performances when he’s in town.
In 2018, Glasper became the 4th musician to hold a month-long residency at Blue Note, joining a shortlist that includes jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Chris Botti. The residency was featured in The New York Times, which proclaimed Glasper “possibly the most distinguished jazz musician of his generation.”
The Blue Note is special to me because it is the pinnacle of jazz, but it doesn’t stop there. They allow me to think outside the box and be who I really am, without any excuse. They give me the place to do it. The first two residences were amazing. We had to take a break but I’m really excited to be back and to see my fans again. Not being able to play for that long made it clear how important the fans are, so I can’t wait to go and do some more history.
Robert Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career spanning musical and artistic genres, winning 4 Grammys and 8 nominations in 7 categories, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay’s doc. “13th”. October 2021 marks his return to Blue Note, one of his first jazz grounds, for another record-breaking residency (called “Robtober”) as he takes over Blue Note New York with an incredible 66 shows over 33 days, celebrating his musical career. While his style systematically defies definition, the Glasper residency demonstrates not only different eras, but also various parts of his musical community and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.
Alex Kurland, Director of Programming at Blue Note, said of Robtober: “This residency is a monumental and historic event within the culture, with every show an experience and literally unforgettable. Robert’s residency always produces memorable and extraordinary moments, and being able to move forward after such difficult times is deeply meaningful to Blue Note, New York City, and arts and music culture. Robert’s caliber and range of projects, special guests and collaborations to be announced are an incredible testament to his status as an icon.
Special guests and daily programming are coming soon. Buy your tickets here.