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This Wednesday, February 14, The Jazz Gallery is thrilled to welcome vocalist Gema Corredera to our stage for a special Valentine’s Day concert. Corredera is one of the most renowned and accomplished Cuban vocalists of her generation, having forged a unique style from influences as diverse as Nueva Trova, jazz, Bossa Nova, and Flamenco. For many years, Corredera was one half of the acclaimed duo Gema y Pavel, but has recently focused on her solo work. Check out the exuberant song “Chévere” from her 2013 album Derramando Luz, featuring many Gallery regulars, including saxophonist Yosvanny Terry, pianist Osmany Paredes, and drummer Obed Calvaire.


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This Saturday, January 20, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome drummer Tom Rainey and his group Obbligato back to our stage. About a year ago, Rainey convened the group at the Gallery before heading into the studio to record their second album. The result—Float Upstream (Intakt)—came out in September, and the band will gather for a belated celebration at the Gallery.

In an interview with Jazz Speaks last January, Rainey described the origin of the band’s name and how it reflects their improvisational approach:

[Obbligato] can refer to when a horn player is playing behind a singer. It’s not really a solo, but it’s a soloistic line that accompanies the singer, or the main melody of a song. That’s sort of the approach of the band—it’s not centered on soloists, but more on group interaction. I never thought of the word decorate here, but everyone is decorating what the others are doing. The focus can shift from musician to musician, but it’s never really about anyone taking a solo, and then somebody else taking a solo turn. So the name is somewhat descriptive of what the music is like, but I also just liked the sound of the word.

Before coming to the Gallery to hear the group’s unique approach to the standard repertoire, check out their versions of “Stella By Starlight” and “Beatrice” from Float Upstream, below.


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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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This Thursday, December 14th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days back to our stage for two sets. Their self-titled debut from 2016 garnered significant acclaim; in The New York Times, Nate Chinen called it “a potent declaration of independence, as much as it is a glowing indication of promise.”

At the Gallery this week, the group will be playing a varied program, including a new suite of music called “Hungry at the Slaughterhouse,” inspired by O’Farrill’s experience working on a farm in Maine last summer. They will also be performing music from their next album, set to release in 2018, as well as some traditional Mexican tunes. Before coming out to the show, check out O’Farrill’s stark and evocative composition “Henry Ford Hospital”—inspired by the Frida Kahlo painting—below.

Jonathan Finlayson. Photo by Everett McCourt.

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson returns to The Jazz Gallery this Thursday, November 16th, with his quintet Sicilian Defense, just days after returning from a European tour with Steve Coleman and Five Elements. Sicilian Defense has morphed continuously over the years, with different incarnations of the ensemble appearing on The Jazz Gallery’s stage. The group’s most recent album is Moving Still, released in 2016 on Pi Recordings.

With far-reaching praise by Downbeat and the New York Times, Finlayson is a modern, forward-thinking trumpeter marked by a compositional drive and an adaptable style. Throughout his already long career, Finlayson has collaborated with Ambrose Akinmusire, Ravi Coltrane, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill, Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.

Finlayson has been featured many times as a bandleader at The Jazz Gallery over the last decade, and we’re delighted to welcome Sicilian Defense back to the Gallery stage. For this show, the ensemble will include guitarist Miles Okazaki, pianist David Bryant, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer Craig Weinrib. (more…)