But lets back up just a little…..10 years or so, back to the Jam sessions. Back to those legendary nights where week after week Questlove, Black Thought and Richard Nichols (RIP) and the rest of the show producers put together some of the eras top talent together that otherwise would not performed together.
To me one of the greatest things The Roots do is genre bending and binding. They can play anything and back in 09 they did this for weeks on end.
Every week I could count on seeing some of my friends. I knew I would see Ginny, Dan, Bill, and Tina. Every week I knew I would be in store for something amazing. Every week I know there would be a wide range of special guest in the house from Jimmy Fallon and Taraji P. Henson to Ron Jeremy and Dream Hampton.
I miss those days!
Here’s a list of some of the talent that I remember performing at those sessions:
Janelle Monae, Mos Def, Wale, Truck North, Porn, Jesse Boykins IIITanya Morgan, Nneka, Freeway, Joe Budden, Bilal, Sahr Ngaujah, Jay Electronica , Q Tip, MOP, Craig G, Talib Kweli, Styles P, Zoe Kravitz, Jean Grea, Members of In Living Color, Boots Riley, Sean P, Amanda Seals, Skillz and many many more.
Here’s some highlights in photos from that year of jam sessions
Highline Ballroom, you will be dearly missed!