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Next at the Kennedy Center

A dynamic mix of artists across hip hop, jazz, modern dance, and more perform at the Kennedy Center. Each episode weaves together performances filmed live at the Center with intimate off-stage moments contextualizing each artist’s cultural impact.

The Roots Residency

55m 27s

Hip Hop legends The Roots give an electrifying performance during their residency at the Kennedy Center. Beyond the stage, the band endeavors to inspire others and explore the depths of their creative potential.

Episodes

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    The Roots Residency

    S1 E3 - 55m 27s

    Hip Hop legends The Roots give an electrifying performance during their residency at the Kennedy Center. Beyond the stage, the band endeavors to inspire others and explore the depths of their creative potential.

  • A Joni Mitchell Songbook: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Joni Mitchell Songbook

    S1 E2 - 55m 39s

    The indomitable influence of Joni Mitchell is celebrated with an all-star lineup at the Kennedy Center, led by multi-Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. This one-of-a-kind concert includes performances by Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Jimmie Herrod, Raul Midón, and Aoife O’Donovan.

  • Let My Children Hear Mingus: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Let My Children Hear Mingus

    S1 E1 - 55m 5s

    The Kennedy Center celebrates jazz icon and social activist Charles Mingus at 100. Through performances and conversations, we explore how his outsized personality and inimitable style pushed boundaries and paved the way for future generations.

Extras + Features

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    The Roots Perform "Act Too (Love of My Life)"

    S1 E3 - 3m 55s

    Hip Hop Culture legends The Roots perform "Act Too (Love of My Life)" as part of their unforgettable performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Black Thought mentors School of Thought attendee EZY Truth. EZY shares how The Roots dedication to the music inspires him.

  • The Roots Perform "Proceed" at the Kennedy Center: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Roots Perform "Proceed" at the Kennedy Center

    S1 E3 - 2m 9s

    Hip Hop Culture legends The Roots perform "Proceed" as part of their unforgettable performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Black Thought and Questlove discuss their reach beyond the stage during their residency at the Kennedy Center. While known for their electrifying live performances, the band endeavors to inspire others and explore the depths of their creative potential.

  • Emerging Artist EZY Truth Performs "Revolutionary Suicide": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Emerging Artist EZY Truth Performs "Revolutionary Suicide"

    S1 E3 - 2m 6s

    After attending Black Thought's mentoring program School of Thought, EZY Truth performs one of his own pieces "Revolutionary Suicide" at the Kennedy Center. Jasmine Martin, from The Roots management team, and EZY talk about the importance of supporting an artist's vision and being "that guy."

  • Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    Hip Hop legends The Roots give an electrifying performance during their residency at the Kennedy Center. Beyond the stage, the band endeavors to inspire others and explore the depths of their creative potential.

  • Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview

    S1 E2 - 30s

    The indomitable influence of Joni Mitchell is celebrated with an all-star lineup at the Kennedy Center, led by multi-Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. This one-of-a-kind concert includes performances by Renée Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Jimmie Herrod, Raul Midón, and Aoife O’Donovan.

  • Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview

    S1 E1 - 30s

    A dynamic mix of artists across hip hop, jazz, modern dance, and more perform at the Kennedy Center. Each episode weaves together performances filmed live at the Center with intimate off-stage moments contextualizing each artist’s cultural impact.

  • A Tribute to Lester Young: 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat': asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Tribute to Lester Young: 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat'

    S1 E1 - 3m 6s

    Jason Moran, James Newton, Robert Glasper, Charles McPherson, and Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah discuss Charles Mingus’ touching tribute to jazz saxophonist Lester Young with “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” featuring a performance by Jason Moran and Georgia Anne Muldrow.

  • The Mingus Big Band Performs 'So Long Eric': asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Mingus Big Band Performs 'So Long Eric'

    S1 E1 - 5m 6s

    Christian McBride, Larry Klein, James Newton, Keki Mingus, Jason Moran, and Charles McPherson discuss the complexity of Charles Mingus, from his outsized personality to his close friendship with jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy. Performed by the Mingus Big Band, “So Long Eric” is Mingus’ response to his longtime friend and band member, Eric Dolphy, and his decision to leave the band.

  • The Mingus Big Band Performs 'Fables of Faubus': asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Mingus Big Band Performs 'Fables of Faubus'

    S1 E1 - 3m 23s

    The Mingus Big Band performs "Fables of Faubus" with guest artist Charles McPherson on saxophone. Known as one of his most explicitly political works, "Fables of Faubus" was written by Charles Mingus as a protest against the segregationist governor of Arkansas, Orval E. Faubus.

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