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 albumSky/Lift, The 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.
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.”
This weekend at The Jazz Gallery, Cuban-born pianist and composer David Virelles will return to our stage for two nights of shows featuring his group “Nosotros.” Like many of his projects, “Nosotros” explores Cuban folklore through the lens of abstract, adventurous improvisation. Virelles will be joined by some of his close musical compatriots, including saxophonist Roman Filiu, percussionist Keisel Jiminez, and bassists John Benitez (Friday) and Matt Brewer (Saturday).
Always moving in new directions, this weekend’s acoustically-inclined performances stand in contrast to Mr. Virelles’s most recent recorded work—an EP Antenna, released on ECM. Featuring a sprawling electro-acoustic group including the esteemed multi-reedist and composer Henry Threadgrill, drummer Marcus Gilmore, and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, the music on Antenna takes Virelles’ folkloric sources and sends them off in fantastical, almost psychedelic directions. Check out the track “Rumbakuá” in the video below, and then come see Virelles take even more surprising musical turns this weekend at the Gallery.
From L to R: Jason Rigby, Russ Lossing, Jeff Davis. Photos courtesy of the artists.
Individually, saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Ross Lossing, and drummer Jeff Davis are three of the most adventuresome improvisers working in New York. Rigby has released two acclaimed albums on the Fresh Sound label, and has worked with a wide range of bandleaders from drummer Mark Guiliana to pianist Kris Davis to trombonist Alan Ferber. Lossing has been releasing varied and distinctive albums for over two decades, including two recent solo albums—2015’s Eclipse and 2012’s Drum Music, a tribute to former mentor and collaborator Paul Motian. Davis is also a leader in his own right with several albums under his name, in addition to being a first-call collaborator throughout the experimental quadrant of New York’s jazz scene.
Together, however, these three players form Heavy Merge, a collaborative, free-improvisation trio that is more than the impressive sum of its parts. Their music traffics in high contrast—delicate sections giving way to cathartic explosions of sound. Rigby, Lossing, and Davis all assert their strong musical personalities, pulling the music in unusual and unexpected directions.
This Saturday, October 29th, Heavy Merge will perform two sets at The Jazz Gallery. While each set of theirs is a unique entity, check out the high-wire interplay (and Lossing’s blazing work on distorted Rhodes Piano) of “Pavilion of Temporary Happiness” below.
The impact of cellist Okkyung Lee’s playing is intensely physical. Through her use of amplification and non-standard techniques—yielding scratches, snarls, and otherworldly hums alike—Lee brings listeners seemingly into the body of her instrument. Lee is equally at home in jazz clubs, concert halls, and art galleries, as well as playing solo or as a member of a large improvising ensemble.
This Friday, October 28th, Lee brings her singular music to The Jazz Gallery for two sets. For this performance, Lee has written new music for a chamber-like group of diverse improvisers—Celtic harpist Maeve Gilchrist, pianist Jacob Sacks, and bassist Eivind Opsvik. This is a brand new group, so don’t miss the opportunity to see their sound bloom in real time. In the meantime, check out Lee’s breathtaking recent solo album, Ghil, below: