Songwriter, record producer Robert Glasper looks to the future of music Chris Campbell Monday, June 26, 2023 | Sacramento, CA Listen / Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Courtesty of artist Multi-instrumentalist Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Robert Glasper has been at the vanguard of contemporary music for decades. He’s been lauded for leading a resurgence in jazz, incorporating a myriad of musical styles around a jazz framework. With the Blue Note Jazz festival coming to Napa at the end of July, CapRadio’s Chris Campbell spoke with Glasper about his music projects, key collaborations and what it means to be a role model and an ambassador for the jazz genre. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Interview highlights On Glasper’s Black Radio album series I had been trying to do that series for a while as [Black Radio 1 was] canceled three times … When we were finally able to produce it, I thought it was gonna be a cool underground record, but we ended up winning R&B album of the year [at the Grammy Awards.] The win changed how they looked at certain bands and certain genres of music and opened things up a bit. It’s been to collaborate with so many amazing artists on wax. On Glasper’s commitment to mentoring artists It’s important to me. I’m not here on my own. I feel like it’s my responsibility to do the same, to mentor and do whatever I can. I hate it when some [artists] don’t take responsibility. You don’t say that when you cash those checks. You still [got here] on somebody else’s shoulders to reach that [level]. On what Glasper has planned for after the Blue Note Jazz Festival [After the festival,] the immediate future is that I resume my Blue Note Jazz Club residency in New York. I will curate and start figuring out who my special musical guests will be. I will be scoring another season of the HBO series “Winning Time,” which is about the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, and there are a couple of musical projects in the works.