Born and raised in Washington, DC. Jamal Gray is a musician, producer, curator, and self proclaimed Shaman pushing the boundaries of expression through progressive art. Son of legendary Washington jazz impresario Jimmy Gray (Black Fire, Blue Note & Flying Dutchman Records), Jamal was raised on a steady diet of avant garde sounds. As leader of the DC-based AfroFuturist ensemble Nag Champa, and member of the multimedia collective CMPVTR CLVB, Gray fuses influences of early electronic music, soul, funk, and left field hip hop to create a sound that is universal yet still distinctly DC. As a curator of live music events, Gray aims to propel the culture and art of DC to a global stage, and see the City’s creative output to be heralded alongside that of its international counterparts. Gray has also produced and hosted programs on community based radio station WPFW 89.3 FM since 2009. His current show “Bass Chakra Radio” is a monthly program that spans the sonic spectrum from rare groove to Go-Go to deep house cuts, and provides a platform for other independent musicians working in and around DC.
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