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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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This Saturday, October 12, saxophonist Tivon Pennicott returns to The Jazz Gallery with his Groove Medley project. Featuring frequent Kenneth Salters on drums and Dean Torrey on acoustic & electric bass, this stripped down project finds Pennicott zeroing in on a distinctly contemporary approach to rhythm and flow.

Before hearing the trio’s deep pocket and well-honed interplay at the Gallery this weekend, take a listen to the group playing at the Gallery this past March with trumpeter Philip Dizack in the video below.
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This Friday, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome saxophonist Godwin Louis and his Global project back to our stage. Starting as a Jazz Gallery commission in 2014, Louis’s project has taken him around the world, tracing the African musical diaspora in its many forms. This year marked the release of the project’s album, a sprawling music manifesto of sorts.

For this week’s performance at The Jazz Gallery, Louis will be joined by Axel Tosca Laugart on pianoKareem Thompson on steel pan, Giveton Gelin on trumpet, Dion Kerr on bass, and Jonathan Barber on drums. In the meantime, take a listen to Louis performing the exuberant and athletic tune “Siwel,” live on WBGO’s The Checkout.

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This Wednesday, October 9, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome guitarist Olli Hirvonen and his band New Helsinki to our stage for two sets. Hailing from the city of Lappeenranta in Finland, Hirvonen has called New York home for nearly a decade. Hirvonen’s been a longtime collaborator of drummer Tarun Balani and saxophonist Brian Krock, and has put out three records under his own name.

New Helsinki—with pianist Luke Marantz, bassist Marty Kenney, and drummer Nathan Ellman-Bell—is Hirvonen’s primary outfit. In August, the band released Displace (Ropeadope), featuring seven tracks that showcase Hirvonen’s expansive range of expression and references. Before hearing Hirvonen and company perform material from Dispace at the Gallery on Wednesday, take a listen to the evocative and noirish “Nodescript,” below.

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This Saturday, October 5, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Fabian Almazan back to our stage for two sets. Back in June, Almazan released his latest album, This Land Abounds with Life (Biophilia). While Almazan’s working trio with bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Henry Cole is the album’s core, Almazan places the ensemble inside a veritable terrarium of sound, featuring digital effects and Almazan’s own field recordings from Cuba. The result is an album with both a clear sense of place and a fantastical imagination.

For his Gallery performance this week, Almazan will be joined by Oh and drummer Rudy Royston. Before checking out this music live, take a listen to the evocative track “The Poets,” below.

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