Posts by Kevin Laskey

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This Thursday, October 19th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Mara Rosenbloom and her trio back to our stage. Just over a year ago, Rosenbloom celebrated the release of her record Prairie Burn (Fresh Sound) on our stage. Writing in the New York Times, Giovanni Russonello, praised the album’s “…bristling provocation and full-bore group improvising,” noting that work “…insert[s] her into the conversation alongside heavyweight contemporaries—suspense-building pianists like Craig Taborn, Kris Davis and Matt Mitchell.”

This Thursday, Rosenbloom will be presenting brand new music alongside bassist Sean Conly from Prairie Burn and drummer Michael Wimberly. Before hearing the forward-thinking Rosenbloom’s next steps, check out this startling free improvisation along with multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore.


Morgan Guerin and Orrin Evans. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This week, The Jazz Gallery continues our latest Mentorship Series with the pair of mentor-pianist Orrin Evans and mentee-multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin. A native and resident of Philadelphia, Evans is one hard-to-classify pianist, playing hard-swinging music with his working trio, aggressive and exploratory music with the avant collective Tarbaby, and will soon be adding his inimitable personality to The Bad Plus. Guerin recently started his second year studying jazz at The New School, but already has an active presence performing across New York and elsewhere, whether with his peers or Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lynne Carrington.

For these shows, Guerin will be sliding into the saxophone chair of Evans’ band, learning from the group’s long-honed chemistry. Before checking out the group at The Jazz Museum in Harlem or Roxborough United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, or on November 2nd at The Jazz Gallery, check out Jazz Speaks’s previous interviews with both Evans and Guerin. (more…)

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This Thursday, October 12th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome drummer Dan Weiss back to our stage for a performance showcasing his study of Indian Classical music, presented with Brooklyn Raga Massive. Weiss is both an in-demand collaborator and acclaimed bandleader, bringing his extraordinarily wide musical experiences to bare in any situation.

In addition to his work as a drummer and composer, Weiss has been a longtime student of Indian Classical music, working with guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. Weiss has recorded a solo tabla record, 3D CD, as well as two records with guitarist Miles Okazaki that translate rhythms from the tabla to the drum set. Check out Weiss and Okazaki play a piece based on the ten-beat rhythmic cycle, jhaptal, at The Jazz Gallery.


Photo by Cisza Nie Istnieje.

This Thursday, October 12th, The Jazz Gallery is excited to kick off a new series in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in Queens. For one Thursday a month from October through May, the Gallery and JCAL will present shows featuring some of the Gallery’s favorite young groups—a true kaleidoscope of jazz in New York right now.

For the first show of this new series, John Escreet will take the stage at JCAL with his trio. Since his arrival in New York, Escreet has established himself as one of the city’s most versatile pianists, working within a variety of idioms and with diverse performers, from David Binney to Antonio Sanchez to Tyshawn Sorey to Evan Parker. Before heading out to Queens for Thursday’s performance, check out Escreet’s riveting set with Sorey and bassist John Hébert, below.


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Trombonist Alan Ferber is one of the most well-traveled jazz musicians in New York, both literally and figuratively—his recording credits and international touring gigs run the gamut from jazz to contemporary classical to rock and back. Ferber is among the most in-demand big band trombonists, playing in groups led by John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Michael Formanek, Ted Nash, and Miguel Zenon to name just a few. He’s played and arranged for Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, and has worked with some of Indie rock’s most acclaimed groups, including Beirut, The National, and Sufjan Stevens.

Through these varied experiences, Ferber has found himself at the nexus of different musical communities. On his newest big band record, Jigsaw (Sunnyside)—his followup to the Grammy-nominated March Sublime—Ferber draws from his eclectic mix of musical relationships in both personnel and repertoire. The band features longtime collaborators like saxophonists John O’Gallagher and John Ellis, as well as mentors and former bandleaders like trombonist John Fedchock, trumpeter Tony Kadleck, and guitarist Anthony Wilson. The repertoire is especially-geared to the members of the band, featuring  a mix of originals and Ferber’s own arrangements of favorite tunes. Below, check out the album’s title track, a blistering workout written especially for John O’Gallagher, and “Lost in The Hours,” a lyrical bossa nova by the multi-reedist Paul McCandless.

This weekend, Ferber and his full band will celebrate the release of Jigsaw with two nights of performances. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Ferber’s fresh and deeply felt music played by the people it was written for. (more…)