Starting this Tuesday, May 23rd, and continuing through the month of June, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present tap dancer Savion Glover in an improvisational dialogue with jazz instrumentalists. It’s not an overstatement to call Glover the world’s most famous tap dancer. From his regular appearances on Sesame Street, to his scintillating performance in the Tony-winning Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, to his motion-capture work in the Happy Feet films, Glover has brought the tradition of tap dancing to every corner of the world.
Always looking to expand his art in new directions as a performer and choreographer, Glover will explore the relationship of tap to the rich rhythmic tapestry of jazz by improvising with a series of rhythm section players at The Jazz Gallery. This Tuesday, May 23rd, Glover will be joined by drummer Marcus Gilmore, one of the most adept and influential rhythmic thinkers today. To get a sense of the rhythmic fireworks these two performers can unleash on the Gallery stage, check out some extended improvised solos below the fold, and imagine what will happen when these rhythmic wizards come together. (more…)
This Friday, May 19th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome a diverse collective of musicians dubbing themselves Music Quartet to our stage. Featuring Shai Maestro on piano, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Rick Rosato on bass, and Nate Wood on drums, this quartet stretches across musical communities and generations to create a distinctive sound greater than the sum of its formidable parts.
To get a sense of what these players can do in pickup situations, check out Maestro and Rosato putting the Gershwin classic “Embraceable You” through its paces with drummer Ari Hoenig.
This Saturday, May 6th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome saxophonist and all-around polymath Andrew White III back to our stage. White has traversed a huge range of music throughout his singular career, playing bass with Stevie Wonder and the 5th Dimension, oboe with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, saxophone with Cannonball Adderley, transcribing the solos of John Coltrane, and leading his own multifaceted groups. Back in 2014, the Gallery hosted White’s first NYC show in over two decades and we’re pleased that he has continued to perform on our stage.
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.
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.