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Photo by Devin DeHaven, courtesy of the artist.

This Sunday, January 14, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present a special performance of pianist Gerald Clayton performing music from his most recent album, Tributary Tales (Motema Music). In an interview with Jazz Speaks this past October, Clayton described the album’s conceptual origins:

I’ve been really inspired by nature and water. With a tributary being a small river that flows out of a larger body of water—I’ve been reflecting on that and how what we do is really connected to what came before us. We’re not setting out to recreate a language from the past, but the essence of the music that we love—that we’ve soaked up for years and years—still exists, and we carry along those messages that we learn from the elders.

At the Gallery this Sunday, Clayton will convene a band featuring many of the album’s original musicians, as well as Gallery favorites making a rare return to New York—saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Henry Cole, and percussionist Gabo Lugo. Before coming to the Gallery on Sunday evening, you can stream the album below.

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Photo courtesy of the artist.

This week, The Jazz Gallery continues its yearlong presentation of some of our favorite young artists at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens. On Thursday evening, alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins will convene a quartet of his talented peers to play his bracing, emotionally-charged original music. The group features Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums. Before catching Wilkins’s set, check out his blistering solo from a recent performance with pianist Marko Churnchetz’s quintet.
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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society performing Real Enemies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, November 2015. Photo by Noah Stern Weber.

This Thursday, January 11th, The Jazz Gallery is excited to kick off the new year with two sets by Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. With three acclaimed albums under their belt, including 2016’s darkly probing and prescient Real Enemies (New Amsterdam), Secret Society has become one of the international jazz scene’s leading independent big bands.

At the Gallery on Thursday, Argue and company will present music from Real Enemies, as well as some of Argue’s other politically-oriented work (like his compositions “Habeas Corpus” and “Ferromagnetic”). Joined by many of the same co-conspirators since the band’s early days, this rare New York performance is not to be missed. Before coming out to the Gallery on Thursday evening, watch the band’s scintillating performance of the music from Real Enemies at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, below.

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