The night began with Jameszoo, a Dutch DJ and electronic music producer, bouncing to his eccentric beats behind his laptop and keyboard. He was soon joined by ?uestlove for five minutes of improvised jamming. Five minutes later, Jameszoo was gone, replaced by saxophonist Matana Roberts. And so went Red Bull Music Academy's A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets. By the end of nearly two hours, 20 musicians had appeared on stage in various formats. There was Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell, Thundercat and Julia Holter, Robert Glasper and DJ Spinna, Andrew Bird and Joe Lovano, who closed out the night, which, when it was all over, felt more like a long, inspired journey.
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