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Cameron Graves

Aug 12, Friday - 9pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater Stage

A member of the game-changing, genre-blurring LA collective the West Coast Get Down, pianist Cameron Graves possesses style described by his bandmate Kamasi Washington as an “almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music and mathematical death metal.” 

His debut record on Mack Avenue Records, Planetary Prince, which also serves as Graves’ pseudonym, comes from The Urantia Book, a spiritual tome that emerged from Chicago in the first half of the 20th century and that purports to reveal the truth of humanity through a combination of spiritual and cosmological ideas, including radical retellings of familiar stories from the Bible. The release marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down blending elements of jazz, classical, rock and hip-hop. 

Cameron’s sophomore album, Seven, released in February 2020, takes his musical vision to a new height, blending jazz, fusion, rock and metal. The result is a new and innovative sound that will change the public’s view of jazz. The release was very warmly received by the media around the world.

Cameron Graves was also a key member of actress/musician Jada Pinkett Smith’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom, providing him an entrée into the world of film and television scoring through the Pinkett Smith-directed film The Human Contract and TV series Hawthorne. Through his soundtrack work, Graves connected with legendary bassist and fellow label mate, Stanley Clarke, and is now a member of his latest band, touring internationally. Cameron has also performed and recorded on albums for Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Dr. Dre and Miles Mosley.

His debut record on Mack Avenue Records, Planetary Prince, which also serves as Graves’ pseudonym, comes from The Urantia Book, a spiritual tome that emerged from Chicago in the first half of the 20th century and that purports to reveal the truth of humanity through a combination of spiritual and cosmological ideas, including radical retellings of familiar stories from the Bible. The release marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down blending elements of jazz, classical, rock and hip-hop. 

Cameron’s sophomore album, Seven, released in February 2020, takes his musical vision to a new height, blending jazz, fusion, rock and metal. The result is a new and innovative sound that will change the public’s view of jazz. The release was very warmly received by the media around the world.

Cameron Graves was also a key member of actress/musician Jada Pinkett Smith’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom, providing him an entrée into the world of film and television scoring through the Pinkett Smith-directed film The Human Contract and TV series Hawthorne. Through his soundtrack work, Graves connected with legendary bassist and fellow label mate, Stanley Clarke, and is now a member of his latest band, touring internationally. Cameron has also performed and recorded on albums for Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Dr. Dre and Miles Mosley.


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