Kamasi Washington releases ‘Live at the Apollo Theater’ documentary

    Plus a deep cut, “The Bombshell’s Waltz.”

    Kamasi Washinton live at the Apollo Theater concert documentary Amazon
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    Kamasi Washington’s new concert documentary, Live at the Apollo Theater, is out now on Amazon Prime Video.

    Released exclusively on the streaming service on February 6, the film captures the saxophonist’s February 2019 headline show at the iconic New York City venue. Washington was backed by his band The Next Step, and invited guests like DJ Battlecat and vocalist Dwight Trible.

    “Playing at the Apollo Theater is one of the greatest honors that a musician can have,” Washington said in a statement. “When I walked down 125th Street from my hotel in Harlem and saw my name on the marquee I almost couldn’t believe it. To be a part of that prestigious group of brilliant musical minds was truly humbling for me. To say that night was one of the most amazingly special nights of my life is a grave understatement.”

    Also released on Amazon the same day as the documentary was “The Bombshell’s Waltz,” a track that was originally recorded for Washington’s early, self-released album The Proclamation in 2007, but never saw wide distribution.

    Live at the Apollo Theater follows As Told to G/D Thyself, a short film that serves as the companion to Washington’s 2018 record, Heaven and Earth. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival last year.

    Go here to stream Live at the Apollo Theater, and watch the trailer for the concert film below:

    Preview the documentary with an excerpt, Washington’s performance of “Street Fighter Mas”:

    And stream “The Bombshell’s Waltz” here: