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This Thursday, October 19th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Mara Rosenbloom and her trio back to our stage. Just over a year ago, Rosenbloom celebrated the release of her record Prairie Burn (Fresh Sound) on our stage. Writing in the New York Times, Giovanni Russonello, praised the album’s “…bristling provocation and full-bore group improvising,” noting that work “…insert[s] her into the conversation alongside heavyweight contemporaries—suspense-building pianists like Craig Taborn, Kris Davis and Matt Mitchell.”

This Thursday, Rosenbloom will be presenting brand new music alongside bassist Sean Conly from Prairie Burn and drummer Michael Wimberly. Before hearing the forward-thinking Rosenbloom’s next steps, check out this startling free improvisation along with multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore.

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This Thursday, October 12th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome drummer Dan Weiss back to our stage for a performance showcasing his study of Indian Classical music, presented with Brooklyn Raga Massive. Weiss is both an in-demand collaborator and acclaimed bandleader, bringing his extraordinarily wide musical experiences to bare in any situation.

In addition to his work as a drummer and composer, Weiss has been a longtime student of Indian Classical music, working with guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. Weiss has recorded a solo tabla record, 3D CD, as well as two records with guitarist Miles Okazaki that translate rhythms from the tabla to the drum set. Check out Weiss and Okazaki play a piece based on the ten-beat rhythmic cycle, jhaptal, at The Jazz Gallery.

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This Thursday, October 12th, The Jazz Gallery is excited to kick off a new series in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in Queens. For one Thursday a month from October through May, the Gallery and JCAL will present shows featuring some of the Gallery’s favorite young groups—a true kaleidoscope of jazz in New York right now.

For the first show of this new series, John Escreet will take the stage at JCAL with his trio. Since his arrival in New York, Escreet has established himself as one of the city’s most versatile pianists, working within a variety of idioms and with diverse performers, from David Binney to Antonio Sanchez to Tyshawn Sorey to Evan Parker. Before heading out to Queens for Thursday’s performance, check out Escreet’s riveting set with Sorey and bassist John Hébert, below.

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For over four decades, percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph has forged a singular place in the music world, living at the nexus between jazz improvisation and folkloric music from around the world. He’s worked with and learned from a number of international musical explorers, including Fred Anderson, Yuseef Lateef, and Don Cherry, and has carried those experiences into the music he has composed for his own bands, Go: Organic Orchestra and Moving Pictures.

This Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3rd and 4th, Rudolph will convene Moving Pictures at The Jazz Gallery to play music from their most recent record, Glare of the Tiger (Meta). Filled with adventurous improvisers like Hamid Drake, James Hurt, and Graham Haynes, Moving Pictures has developed a deep musical chemistry, yielding lush and ecstatic results. Before hearing the group take Rudolph’s music to new heights at the Gallery, check out the album streaming below, and a short making-of featurette.

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L to R: Gyan Riley, David Cossin, Sharon Monk, Tom Kolor. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Monday, September 25th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present a double bill of genre-spanning duos—Super Balls and Tiny Rhymes. Both groups feature percussionists from the ensemble Talujon, one of The Jazz Gallery’s partners in the NewMusicUSA Impact Fund cohort.

Super Balls is a long-running duo project of guitarist Gyan Riley and percussionist David Cossin. With both Talujon and the Bang on a Can All-Starts, Cossin has worked with numerous composers from across the stylistic spectrum, and has an ideal collaborator in Riley, a guitarist whose work straddles free improvisation and more formal scoring techniques. Watch them perform a collaboratively-composed score to the classic Buster Keaton silent film, The Goat.

Tiny Rhymes is a Buffalo, New York-based chamber-folk group lead by singer-songwriter Sharon Mok. The group met through the University of Buffalo music department, where Mok was a piano technician, and their music reflects substantial and diverse musical training. For this performance, Mok will team up with Talujon percussionist (and University of Buffalo faculty) Tom Kolor to give her songs a distinctly different color. Before hearing these new interpretations, check out Tiny Rhymes’ EP A Kinder History, below.

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