Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, designer, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots - Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 5-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released four books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues,Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, the James Beard Award-nominated and AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers award-winning book somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, and the New York Times bestseller, and GRAMMY-nominated Creative Quest.
Questlove co-produced the GRAMMY Award winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton, alongside Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter. He served as the Executive Music Producer and Composer on the A&E Mini Series “Roots.”
Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots have Executive Produced the acclaimed documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs The Shook America on AMC under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment.
Additionally, Questlove will Executive Produce an upcoming Broadway musical based on Soul Train, the iconic music variety show that aired from 1971 to 2006.
Questlove has been a voice in the culinary world as the author of somethingtofoodabout, the host of a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the NY by Gehry building, and the launch of his new endeavor, Questlove’s Cheesesteak™ made with Impossible™ 2.0 in over 40 Live Nation venues across the country as well as sport & entertainment arenas. He is also an early-stage investor in Impossible Foods ™, Ocean Huggers™, and Magic Cereal™.
Questlove has appeared as a Guest Judge on Top Chef Season 11 and his interest in food and his own culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Food & Finance High School (Food Education Fund), and on the Advisory Council for the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Questlove is also a Founding Member of the CAPA Foundation in Philadelphia.
Questlove’s upcoming cookbook, Mixtape Potluck featuring over 50 chefs, entertainers, artists, and thought leaders is set to release on October 15th 2019 via publisher Abrams.
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