This American pianist was raised in Houston. His mother, a pianist herself, was also a gospel singer. After studying music in New York, Glasper made his recording debut in 2004 on a small independent label. Before long, he was snapped up by Blue Note, which released the album Canvas in 2005. As well as belie a surprising harmonic complexity, his warm music also reveals a hip-hop influence. In various capacities, the pianist has collaborated with a number of hip-hop artists, including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z and Erykah Badu. Double Booked came out in 2009. He followed up with two R&B-oriented albums, Black Radio and Black Radio 2 (2012 and 2013), winning 2 Grammys for Best R&B album and Performance. On Covered (2016), he returned to the musicians who form the original trio featured on his first two Blue Note albums.