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Brooklyn-based artist and interdisciplinary performer Melvis Santa brings her critically-acclaimed project Ashedí “Afro-Cuban Jazz Meets Rumba” to The Jazz Gallery this month. Leading her band in explorations across a range of repertoire, the singer, dancer, percussionist and GRAMMY nominee presents an evening of music steeped in folkloric traditions from the Afro-Cuban lineage that stretches into the culture and sounds of today.

In the Afro-Cuban language of the Lucumí or Yoruba ethnicity, and for the purposes of Santa’s vision, Ashedí reflects the English word “invitation.” She aims to collaborate with open-minded artists who can share in celebrating a mingling of traditions, cultures and artistic expressions. In the video below, Santa speaks about her vision for the project.

This Wednesday and next at the Gallery, Melvis Santa invites Osmany Paredes on piano, Rafael Monteagudo on drums, Carlos Mena on bass and Brandee Younger on harp to join Ashedí.  (more…)

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This Tuesday, November 5, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome drummer Mareike Wiening and her quintet to our stage to celebrate the release of Metropolis Paradise (Greenleaf). Wiening splits her time between New York and Köln, Germany, cultivating a distinctive intercontinental community of collaborators. Metropolis Paradise features her multi-generational, New York-based quartet of saxophonist Rich Perry, pianist Glenn Zaleski (Dan Tepfer fills in on the album), guitarist Alex Goodman, and bassist Johannes Felscher. Take a listen to the album’s evocative and free-flowing title track, recorded live at The Jazz Gallery, below.

This performance marks the finale of Wiening and company’s fall tour, featuring stops throughout Germany and North America. Don’t miss the group back on their home turf in top form. (more…)

Ryan Keberle, Camila Meza, Pedro Giraudo. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This past June, Ryan Keberle released The Hope I Hold (Greenleaf), the trombonist’s fourth album with his working band, Catharsis. The album finds Keberle in his favored exploratory mode, writing music that draws from diverse practices and keeps its eye fixed on greater socio-political issues. The album is composed of two contrasting “sets” so to speak—the opening “Hope I Hold Suite,” featuring the full band plus guest multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, and a set of tunes for a stripped down Catharsis trio, featuring Keberle, bassist Jorge Roeder, and guitarist/vocalist Camila Meza. Take a listen to Roeder’s evocative composition “Peering,” performed live in the studio, below.

This Tuesday, October 29, Keberle and the Catharsis Trio will come to The Jazz Gallery for two sets. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the band’s wide ranging and passionate music in an intimate space. (more…)

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This Saturday, October 26, The Jazz Gallery welcomes the Bohemian Trio back to our stage for two sets. Featuring Yosvany Terry on saxophone & percussion, Orlando Alonso on piano, and Yves Dharamraj on cello, the music of Bohemian Trio is grounded in the folkloric traditions of Latin America, jazz improvisation, and western chamber music. Their acclaimed 2017 debut record Okónkolo (Innova) features compositions by Terry and like-minded contemporary composer-improvisers including Miguel Valera and Pedro Giraudo, plus arrangements of works by Andre Previn and Maurice Revel.

Before checking out their playful approach to repertoire and fleet-footed interplay at the Gallery, take a listen to their recent set at Innova Records Inn-Fest at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

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This Friday, October 25, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome guitarist Nir Felder and his trio back to our stage. A few years out from his major label debut record, Golden Age (Okeh), Felder has recently been honing a new book of tunes, including in performance at the Gallery this past summer. For this week’s Gallery performance, Fedler will be joined a different ace rhythm team—bassist Matt Penman and drummer Dan Weiss. Before coming out to the Gallery, check out Felder weaving his way through drummer Ernesto Cervini’s quirky and slippery composition, “Stro,” recorded live in Toronto, below.

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