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This Friday, June 9th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome pianist John Escreet back to our stage. A pianist of impeccable technique and rare versatility, Escreet spans a wide range of idioms even within a single performance. His last two records, The Unknown and Sound, Space and Structures (Sunnyside), feature an exploratory quartet with multi-reedist Evan Parker, bassist John Hébert, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. While the first album featured a series of a short, jam-packed improvisations, the latter featured the group stretching out live for two extended, freely-improvised sets. Check out a sample from The Unknown, below.

At the Gallery this week, Escreet will convene a very different band, featuring saxophonist Seamus Blake and bassist Matt Brewer. With Escreet’s exciting unpredictability, who knows what the top-notch group has in store. (more…)

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This Thursday, June 8th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome the Samurai Mama Big Band to our stage for the first time. Under the direction of Aakash Mittal, the big band is a project from the Kaufman Center’s Face the Music program, which features youth ensembles dedicated to performing the work of living composers.

Since their inception, the ensemble has tackled exciting and challenging works by the likes of Darcy James Argue, Anthony Braxton, John Hollenbeck, and Maria Schneider. Before seeing these talented young New Yorkers at the Gallery this Thursday, check out their performance of Schneider’s “The Pretty Road,” below.

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This Tuesday, June 6th, The Jazz Gallery continues The Acoustic Series with tap dancer Savion Glover. For this week’s show, Glover will be joined by multi-reedist (and bari sax specialist) Patience Higgins. Higgins has had a long and varied career, working in Broadway pits and forward-thinking big bands led by the likes of Muhal Richard Abrams and David Murray.

To get a sense of the creative sparks that can ignite in this dialogue of improvised music and dance, check out Glover dancing with drummer Marcus Gilmore at the opening Acoustic Series concert, below.

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