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After hosting The Jazz Gallery’s Roy Hargrove Birthday Jam on Wednesday evening, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw returns to the Gallery stage on Saturday with his working quartet. Featuring guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Rashaan Carter, and drummer Justin Brown, the group will perform Shaw compositions both new and old. Before coming to hear this top-flight band at the Gallery, check out a recent live performance of Shaw’s graceful and impassioned elegy for Tamir Rice, below.

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This Friday, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Micah Thomas and his trio back to our stage for two sets. Since coming to New York to study at Juilliard, Thomas has become a Gallery regular, collaborating with pears like Immanuel Wilkins and established veterans like Melissa Aldana and Lage Lund. In particular, Thomas has been an integral presence in bassist Harish Raghavan’s working band. Check out Thomas’ blistering solo on the track “Seaminer” from the group’s forthcoming debut album, Calls For Action (Whirlwind), starting at 5:45.

Recently, Thomas has been building his book of compositions for trio, performing them at Smalls and Mezzrow over the last couple of months. For this performance at the Gallery, Thomas is planning to present more new compositions, joined by bassist Tyrone Allen and drummer Kayvon Gordon. (more…)

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This Thursday, October 17, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome bassist Martin Nevin and his ensemble back to our stage for two sets. In 2018, Nevin released his debut album as a leader, Tenderness is Silent. Featuring all original compositions, the album reflected Nevin’s wide range of influences, both musical and extra-musical. In a previous interview with Jazz Speaks, Nevin spoke about the particular influence of film on his sense of musical pacing:

Film has always been really important to me. My father is a cinematographer, so an appreciation of film as an artistic medium was instilled in me from a young age. Lately I’ve been focused on how filmmakers think about the structure and pacing of their work. There are so many ways films can go: some are meditative, some are extremely fast paced, some tell you what’s going to happen in the beginning and then spend the rest of the time leading you back to that point. I often gravitate towards films, (and pieces of music), that reveal themselves slowly, where the atmosphere slowly envelops and mesmerizes you.

Before hearing Nevin’s lush and atmospheric music at the Gallery on Thursday, take a listen to his composition “Grasp at Nothing,” performed live at The Jazz Gallery, below.

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This Wednesday, October 16, The Jazz Gallery will host a special birthday celebration concert and jam session for trumpeter and Gallery co-founder Roy Hargrove. Beginning at 9 P.M., longtime Hargrove associate saxophonist Jaleel Shaw will lead his quartet in a performance of Roy’s music. Afterward, Shaw will open the floor to a jam session, honoring Hargrove’s unwavering commitment to the practice—Hargrove remained a fixture at Smalls’ late night sessions, even as his health began to fail.

Before coming out to this celebration of Hargrove’s life, legacy, and music, check out the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band performing a blistering and ecstatic version of Gillespie’s “Things To Come”—a favorite of Hargrove’s—at this past January’s Jazz at Lincoln Center tribute.

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Clockwise from top left: Tivon Pennicott, Chelsea Baratz, Jure Pukl, Zem Audu, Eden Baraket, and Tomoaki Baba. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Tuesday, October 15, The Jazz Gallery and Syos Mouthpieces will host a saxophone summit featuring six of Syos’s acclaimed New York-based artists—Jure Pukl, Tivon Pennicott, Chelsea Baratz, Zem Audu, Tomoaki Baba, and Eden Bareket. Syos’s brightly-colored, custom-designed, 3D-printed mouthpieces have become increasingly conspicuous in recent years, becoming the mouthpiece of choice of several Gallery regulars, including Dayna Stephens, Godwin Louis, and Caleb Curtis.

For this special performance at the Gallery, the six saxophonists will be joined by a rhythm section featuring pianist Taber Gable, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Kush Abadey. Before coming out to the Gallery, check out Jure Pukl, Godwin Louis, and Andrew Claes try out their custom mouthpieces at the Syos studio, below.

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