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Jonathan Finlayson. Photo by Everett McCourt.

In a recent interview with KXCL Radio in Missouri, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson noted how busy 2016 had been, filled with residencies across the country with Steve Coleman and Five Elements, as well as the release of his second album with his band Sicilian Defense, Moving Still (Pi Recordings). 2017 hasn’t been a let-up either—over the next few months, Finlayson will play at the Village Vanguard twice (with Coleman and Mary Halvorson), travel to Europe with Coleman and guitarist Liberty Ellman’s group, and premiere new music by Henry Threadgill at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

But before Finalyson begins his summer of heavy touring, we at The Jazz Gallery are once again proud to welcome him and Sicilian Defense back to our stage, this Friday, May 5th. Featuring Miles Okazaki on guitar, Matt Mitchell on piano, John Hébert on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums, this fleet-footed and endlessly-adaptable group has only grown tighter over the several years it has played together. Check out the tracks from their recent album below, but know full well that this only scratches the surface of what this top-flight ensemble can do in the moment.

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Design by Allen Robbins, courtesy of the artist.

On his website, Jeremy Dutton describes himself as a “man, musician, and writer.” This thoughtful self-awareness is a key part of his artistry as a drummer—Dutton is always able to support the direction of the music, regardless of idiom.

This Thursday, May 4th, Dutton returns to The Jazz Gallery stage to present music from a new project, “Things Done Changed.” During his years in New York, Dutton has experienced a city in flux—an increasing division between rich and poor, gentrification morphing neighborhoods block by block, a skyline that grows while the surrounding waters encroach. Alongside his talented band of trumpeter Marquis Hill, pianist James Francies, and bassist Harish Raghavan, Dutton will reflect on his experiences in the city through a series of original compositions, at turns ebullient and introspective. Before coming to the Gallery, you can check out the ebb and flow of his composition “Waves,” below.

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Photo by Alex Chaloff.

This Friday, April 28th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome bassist Matt Brewer back to our stage. This past autumn, Brewer released his latest record on CrissCross, Unspoken, featuring a slate of erudite original compositions alongside choice covers of tunes by Bill Frisell and Charlie Parker. You can stream the album below.

At the Gallery, Brewer will convene a contrasting quartet featuring saxophonist Greg Osby, guitarist Lage Lund, and drummer Eric Harland. The group is sure to give Brewer’s compositions their own distinctive stamp, showcasing the many sides of Brewer’s own musical personality. (more…)

Album art courtesy of Sunnyside Records.

This Friday, April 21st, marks the release of The Wandering (Sunnyside), an elegant and varied duo recording from pianist Randy Ingram. As a followup to his acclaimed 2014 album Sky/LiftThe Wandering finds Ingram both honing and stretching his trademark lyricism alongside bassist Drew Gress. The pair first played together at the club Mezzrow, where their top-notch interplay was clear from the get-go, meaning an album was just about inevitable. The Wandering’s set list includes compositions from both Gress and Ingram (including tributes to British pianist John Taylor and former Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz), as well as standards from Cole Porter and Bill Evans.

This Wednesday, April 19th, Ingram and Gress will come to The Jazz Gallery to celebrate the release of The Wandering with two sets of music. Before coming, be sure to check out a couple of tracks from the record—the John Taylor-inspired title track and an up-tempo rendition of Evans’s “Show-Type Tune”—below.

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This Wednesday and Thursday, February 22nd and 23rd, The Jazz Gallery is thrilled to welcome the illustrious trio of Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, and Dafnis Prieto back to our stage. As three of the most decorated composer-improvisers working today (with two MacArthur grants and a Pulitzer Prize between them) and longtime friends of the Gallery, Threadgill, Iyer, and Prieto need almost no introduction. Their regular appearances as a collaborative trio are among the most sought-after events on our calendar, and their performances this week are sure to be no different.

As you head over to the Gallery website to purchase advance tickets (the first set on Wednesday has already sold out), you can listen Vijay Iyer’s trio perform Threadgill’s knotty and energetic composition, “Little Pocket Size Demons.”

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