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From L to R: Edward Gavitt, Andres Valbuena, Steve Williams, Alfredo Colón. Photo courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, The Jazz Gallery will welcome the group Secret Mall back to our stage. Through mining different facets of internet culture and electronic music styles like vaporwave, Secret Mall has created a distinctive collection of compositions, both atmospheric and cinematic.

Before coming out to the show on Friday, check out Jazz Speaks’ previous interviews with the band, and listen to the simultaneously gossamer and hard-grooving “Serotonin Syndrome”—recorded at the band’s last Gallery appearance—below.

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This weekend, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome drummer Eric Harland and his Explorations project to our stage for four sets of performances. While still one of the top-call sidemen out there, working with everyone from Walter Smith III to Charles Lloyd, Harland has become increasingly busy with different projects as a leader or co-leader. This year has marked the release of two new singles by Harland’s new collaborative project Stem Sounds, alongside keyboardist James Francies and producer Josh Giunta. The result is a heady blend of Harland’s slippery grooves and rich atmospherics from Francies and Giunta. Check the most recent single, “Stars,” featuring vocalist Chris Turner, below.

For the Explorations project at the Gallery, Harland will be joined by Turner on vocals, as well as saxophonist Chris Potter and guitarist Gilad Hekselman. Alongside musicians of inimitable technique and aesthetic range, one can only imagine the places this band will go at the Gallery this weekend. (more…)

Album art courtesy of Sunnyside Records.

Quarteria, the new record from saxophonist Román Filiú, takes its name from cuartería, the public housing projects in Filiú’s hometown of Santiago de Cuba. Inspired by the neighborhood’s cacophony of diverse sounds and musics, Filiú composed an eclectic suite of music, drawing from his diverse training in jazz, classical, and folkloric idioms. Originally composed as part of The Jazz Gallery’s 2014 Commission Series, Quarteria comes out on Sunnyside Records this Friday, May 11.

That evening, the Gallery is pleased to welcome Filiú and his band back to our stage to celebrate the album’s release. The group will feature several players from the album, including tenor saxophonist Maria Grand, drummer Craig Weinrib, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez. Before coming out to join the record release party, check out the first two tracks of the album—”Fulcanelli,” named for mysterious French alchemist, and “Grass,” inspired by the compositional practices of Olivier Messiaen—below.

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Photo by Anne-Claire Rohe.

This Thursday, May 10, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to continue our series of Thursday night shows at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens with a solo set by pianist Sam Harris. Juxtaposing a sense of haunting lyricism with striking harmonic angularities, Harris has become one of the most sought-after collaborator in New York, working with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Melissa Aldana, and Ben van Gelder, to name a few. As a consummate accompanist, Harris has had relatively few opportunities to stretch out in a solo format, which makes this concert a rare treat. Before heading out to Queens for the show, check out Harris’s shape-shifting solo from Ambrose Akinmusire’s 2017 live record, A Rift in Decorum (Blue Note).

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This Thursday, May 10, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome bassist Harish Raghavan and his quintet back to our stage. Over the past several months, Raghavan has been stepping out as a leader with a new working band featuring some of the most exciting emerging players in New York. Reviewing a show by the quintet this past December, Giovanni Russonello of the New York Times noted, “Mr. Raghavan fed his own chancy energy into the mix, playing lines of lacing beauty and impelling the others to put their weight forward, onto the balls of their feet.” To get a sense of that energy, check out Raghavan’s ballad “Harmonics,” always striding forward despite the stately tempo.

At the Gallery this Thursday, Raghavan will be joined by the same co-conspirators in the video above—Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Micah Thomas on piano, and Jeremy Dutton on drums. Don’t miss this new group continue to establish its unique space within the New York scene. (more…)