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Photo by Mike Goldstein.

This Thursday, August 10th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome guitarist Rotem Sivan and his trio back to our stage. A native of Israel, Sivan’s style is marked by a rare grace and intimacy—his athletic lines aren’t just empty chops, but delicate sinews that deftly spin out in surprising ways.

This summer, Sivan released his latest trio record, Antidote (Aima). Featuring his working band of Haggai Cohen Milo on bass, Colin Stranahan on drums, and guest vocalist Gracie Terzian, the tightly-constructed 38-minute record finds the band putting both jazz standards and Sivan-penned originals through their paces.

Sivan will surely draw from this strong material at the Gallery on Thursday evening; before stopping by, check out the original composition “Shahar” in the video below.

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This Wednesday, August 9th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome alto saxophonist Curtis MacDonald to our stage. With three acclaimed albums under his belt, and a number of commissions from acclaimed dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Kate Weare Company, MacDonald has established himself as one of New York’s most thoughtful composer-improvisers working in the space between established musical styles. His work has caught the ear of Henry Threadgill—MacDonald is a member of Threadgill’s newest band, Ensemble Double Up, which released its debut record Old Locks and Irregular Verbs on Pi Recordings last year.

For his show at the Gallery this week, MacDonald has convened a new ensemble called Third Sky, featuring his Threadgill compatriot Christopher Hoffman on cello, Sam Harris on piano & keyboards, and Jason Nazary on drums. Before coming to the Gallery to hear the new, adventuresome music that the band has in store, check out MacDonald’s most recent record, Scotobiology, below.

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This Friday, August 4th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome saxophonist Mario Castro back to our stage. Castro has been a regular over the past few years, participating in our inaugural mentorship series with Miguel Zenon, and continually releasing new compositions and arrangements for his quartet + strings project.

This Friday at the Gallery, Castro will convene a more stripped down quartet configuration featuring Tony Greco on guitar, Tamir Shmerling on bass, and Joel Mateo on drums. The group is sure to explore both new compositions and old favorites. Before coming to check out the band this weekend, watch Castro’s stirring performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage from this past December.

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