Posts by Kevin Laskey

Design courtesy of the Kaufman Center.

This Sunday, March 18, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome ensembles from the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program. Face the Music is a unique youth music program in that it focuses exclusively on performing work by living composers. The program features several ensembles across many musical idioms and disciplines, and will be featuring three of their improvising ensembles under the direction of Aakash Mittal at the Gallery on Sunday—the Sound Bite Orchestra, the Samurai Mama Big Band, and a special Face the Music advanced project. Check out Samurai Mama cut their teeth on Snarky Puppy’s “Kite,” below.


Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock. Photo by Peter Gannushkin.

This Saturday, The Jazz Gallery welcomes saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Kris Davis back to our stage for two sets of new music. Laubrock and Davis have been close collaborators for many years, playing in each other’s projects—Laubrock’s Anti-House and Davis’s Capricorn Climber—as well as co-led groups like Paradoxical Frog. Despite this regular collaboration, the pair have played as a duo relatively infrequently before now. This show at the Gallery is the beginning of a new duo project that Laubrock and Davis will record this fall.

It is rare to find musicians of such sensitive interplay and instinct for risky exploration—this performance is not to be missed. Before coming out to the Gallery, check out Laubrock and Davis performing Laubrock’s work at the 2017 Moers Festival with a host of other acclaimed improvisers and the EOS Chamber Orchestra Cologne.



Photo by Amy Mills

This Thursday, March 8, The Jazz Gallery will present saxophonist Maria Grand at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens. An inveterate musical searcher of wide-ranging tastes, Grand was recently featured as a performer in Alicia Hall Moran’s ice skating alt-opera The Battle of the Carmens, which was staged on skating rinks at Bryant Park and Riverbank State Park this January. Grand was also a 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission recipient, and created a similarly media-melding project featuring dance and spoken word. Before heading out to Queens for Ms. Grand’s performance, check out this bracing and exuberant excerpt from her commission project, below.


Photo courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, March 9, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome vocalist/composer Nerissa Campbell back to our stage for two sets. Campbell grew up in Western Australia and Indonesia, and her music is distinct in its lived-in worldliness. Her most recent album, After The Magic, features a soundworld equally rooted in pop, jazz, and Indonesian folkloric music. Check out Campbell performing pieces from the album at Le Poisson Rouge, alongside her working band and the New York gamelan, Dharma Swara.


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This Saturday, March 3, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome vibraphonist Chris Dingman back to our stage with his working trio. Dingman has received much acclaim as both a leader and sideman, working closely with the likes of Steve Lehman, Jen Shyu, Harris Eisenstadt, and the group Bryan and the Aardvarks. Dingman’s most recent record, The Subliminal and the Sublime, is a long-form suite filled with breathtaking vistas and evocative textures, receiving editors’ picks from both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines. Check out an excerpt of Dingman and his band performing the work at WNYC’s Greene Space.

Dingman’s current project features a stripped-down approach, placing his impeccable vibraphone work in stark relief with bass and drums. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a deeply thoughtful player embark on a new path. (more…)