Dave Chappelle Introduces A Funky “Tiny Desk” Concert With Style & Humor (Video)
Dave Chappelle may be known for his comedic prowess, but his taste in music is almost as legendary. Case in point, the Washington D.C.-based funny man recently joined NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series as a sit-in host and introduced one of his favorite musicians.
French harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet, who has played with Prince, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Erykah Badu, and Ed Sheeran, among others, joined Chappelle and showed why he’s one of the best to ever play an instrument Dave described as one he didn’t really know he liked. Accompanied by his Band With No Name, Yonnet began with a combination of Hip-Hop, Reggae, and New Orleans Funk, performing originals “Four20” and “FRéEDlosophy” from his forthcoming LP Reed My Lips. The group also performed “No Smokin’ Blues.”
Prior to the performance, Dave Chappelle revealed how Yonnet met Stevie Wonder. “When Fred and I first met, he was my guest at The Grammy’s and [he] saw Stevie Wonder in the hallway,” he recalled. “I didn’t know Stevie that well at the time. And Fred ran up, he said, ‘Oh my God, it is Stevie Wonder!’ And he ran up and started playing for Stevie. I was very embarrassed, but then Stevie started doing like this [makes rocking motion] and the next thing I know Fred and Stevie was on tour.”
As mentioned, Dave Chappelle is well-known for not only his music taste but also putting on for his favorite artists, especially in Hip-Hop. During Chappelle’s Show’s run, Dave featured sets from Yasiin Bey, DMX, The Roots, Talib Kweli, dead prez, and John Legend, and perhaps most famously Common and a then-mostly unknown Kanye West.