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This Thursday, August 17th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome bassist Ricky Rodríguez back to our stage. A native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Rodríguez came to New York at age twenty and has since made a name for himself playing alongside fellow Puerto Ricans like David Sánchez and Miguel Zenon, as well as the likes of Ray Barretto and Joe Locke, among others. Last year, Rodríguez released Looking Beyond (Destiny Records), a record of sprightly original compositions played by a top-flight quintet featuring the likes of Luis Perdomo and Obed Calvaire.

This Thursday at the Gallery, Rodríguez will reconvene the quintet to perform favorite tunes from the album, as well as a slate of new compositions. Before coming to the Gallery on Thursday, check out Looking Beyond, below.

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This Tuesday, August 15th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome harmonica player Grégoire Maret to our stage. Called “the new champ” of harmonica by critic Ted Gioia in The Daily Beast, Maret has shared the stage with a huge range of musical luminaries, from Sting to Pat Metheny to Steve Coleman. In 2016, Maret released his record Wanted on Sunnyside, assembling an all-star cast of players to showcase both his astonishing facility and multifaceted aesthetic. Check out a preview of the album below, including guest appearances from the rapper Koyaki and singer Diane Reeves.
At the Gallery this Tuesday, Maret will convene his band Innervoice, featuring a richly-textured, multi-keyboard rhythm section. To get a sense of the sparks of interplay that can fly with Maret on the bandstand, check out their performance at the 2016 Lotos Jazz Festival, below.
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This Wednesday, August 9th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome alto saxophonist Curtis MacDonald to our stage. With three acclaimed albums under his belt, and a number of commissions from acclaimed dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Kate Weare Company, MacDonald has established himself as one of New York’s most thoughtful composer-improvisers working in the space between established musical styles. His work has caught the ear of Henry Threadgill—MacDonald is a member of Threadgill’s newest band, Ensemble Double Up, which released its debut record Old Locks and Irregular Verbs on Pi Recordings last year.

For his show at the Gallery this week, MacDonald has convened a new ensemble called Third Sky, featuring his Threadgill compatriot Christopher Hoffman on cello, Sam Harris on piano & keyboards, and Jason Nazary on drums. Before coming to the Gallery to hear the new, adventuresome music that the band has in store, check out MacDonald’s most recent record, Scotobiology, below.

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This Sunday, July 23rd, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome The LeBoeuf Brothers back to our stage. Rey (saxophone) and Pascal (piano) have been stalwarts on the New York scene since their student days at the Manhattan School of Music, continually expanding their musical vision in multiple directions at once. Their most recent album, imaginist, features a suite of original compositions inspired by Russian poets of the early 20th century, and featuring a nine-piece hybrid ensemble featuring the leading contemporary classical group JACK Quartet. Check out the arresting music below:
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To kick off our summer season this week, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome Australian drummer Simon Barker to our stage for two nights of special events. Based in Sydney, Barker is one of Australia’s most prolific drummers, playing with internationally-renowned groups led by trumpeters Phil Slater and Scott Tinkler, as well as leading several of his own bands. Barker is a true musical omnivore, comfortable in almost any idiom—as critic John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald puts it, “Barker has few peers worldwide for flexibility, resourcefulness, imagination, and a complete absence of rhythmic cliches.”

One of Barker’s chief musical interests, however, are the rhythms of Korean traditional music. At 6 P.M. on Monday, July 10th, Barker will lead a workshop at The Jazz Gallery on Korean rhythms and applying them within a jazz-improvisational setting. To hear Barker talk more about his experiences with Korean music, check out the video below.

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