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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.
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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…)

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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…)

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For over four decades, percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph has forged a singular place in the music world, living at the nexus between jazz improvisation and folkloric music from around the world. He’s worked with and learned from a number of international musical explorers, including Fred Anderson, Yuseef Lateef, and Don Cherry, and has carried those experiences into the music he has composed for his own bands, Go: Organic Orchestra and Moving Pictures.

This Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3rd and 4th, Rudolph will convene Moving Pictures at The Jazz Gallery to play music from their most recent record, Glare of the Tiger (Meta). Filled with adventurous improvisers like Hamid Drake, James Hurt, and Graham Haynes, Moving Pictures has developed a deep musical chemistry, yielding lush and ecstatic results. Before hearing the group take Rudolph’s music to new heights at the Gallery, check out the album streaming below, and a short making-of featurette.

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L to R: Gyan Riley, David Cossin, Sharon Monk, Tom Kolor. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Monday, September 25th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present a double bill of genre-spanning duos—Super Balls and Tiny Rhymes. Both groups feature percussionists from the ensemble Talujon, one of The Jazz Gallery’s partners in the NewMusicUSA Impact Fund cohort.

Super Balls is a long-running duo project of guitarist Gyan Riley and percussionist David Cossin. With both Talujon and the Bang on a Can All-Starts, Cossin has worked with numerous composers from across the stylistic spectrum, and has an ideal collaborator in Riley, a guitarist whose work straddles free improvisation and more formal scoring techniques. Watch them perform a collaboratively-composed score to the classic Buster Keaton silent film, The Goat.

Tiny Rhymes is a Buffalo, New York-based chamber-folk group lead by singer-songwriter Sharon Mok. The group met through the University of Buffalo music department, where Mok was a piano technician, and their music reflects substantial and diverse musical training. For this performance, Mok will team up with Talujon percussionist (and University of Buffalo faculty) Tom Kolor to give her songs a distinctly different color. Before hearing these new interpretations, check out Tiny Rhymes’ EP A Kinder History, below.

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