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Design courtesy of the Kaufman Center.

This Sunday, December 10th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome the Samurai Mama Big Band back to our stage for one set. The group is the jazz arm of the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music Program, and is led by saxophonist/composer Aakash Mittal. Since their inception, the group has tackled a wide range of contemporary work for large ensemble, including pieces by Anthony Braxton, Maria Schenider, John Hollenbeck, and more. When the group made its Gallery debut this past summer, they played a set of tunes from the band Snarky Puppy, including “Lingus,” below.
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Photo by Anne-Claire Rohe.

Sam Harris is one busy pianist. Moreover, Harris keeps a relatively low profile, which means the best way to find him behind the piano is by looking at the tour schedules of artists like Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Van Gelder, Logan Richardson, Roman Filiu, and Rudy Royston. Luckily, on December 7th, you need look no further than The Jazz Gallery to hear the deep harmonies and improvisations of Harris and his trio. 

Harris grew up in Dallas, Texas, and migrated to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Since leaving MSM, he’s played at clubs and festivals across six continents. In 2014 alone, Sam Harris played on records by Rudy Royston, Ambrose Akinmusire, and released his debut album Interludes (Fresh Sound). The album, featuring Roman Filiu, Ben Van Gelder, Martin Nevin, Ross Gallagher, and Craig Weinrib, is a collection of vignettes, tone poems, and chamber-esque arrangements that our own Kevin Laskey has described asone part Herbie Hancock, one part Paul Bley.” Since that industrious year, Harris has been featured on additional albums by Akinmusire, Ben Van Gelder, and Ergo.

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Clarence Penn, John Hébert, and Andy Milne. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Sunday, December 3rd, The Jazz Gallery is please to welcome pianist Andy Milne and his trio to our stage. Milne is a master arranger and bandleader, comfortable with managing large-scale projects such as his acclaimed “Strings & Serpents,” and “The Seasons of Being.” However, over the past several years, Milne has taken a look back at his pianistic roots with a trio featuring John Hébert on bass and either Clarence Penn or Gregory Hutchinson on drums. The group features top-tier virtuosity and well-honed interplay on both original material and jazz classics. Before checking out the group at the Gallery, take a listen to Milne going toe-to-toe with pianist Kenny Werner in the video below.

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Photo by Federico Rodriguez Caldentey.

This weekend, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo in concert with both his Tango Ensemble and Big Band. Hailing from Córdoba, Argentina, Giraudo has been deftly merging jazz and the traditional musics of his homeland for over two decades in New York. He has worked closely with legendary Latin American artists including Rubén Blades and Paquito D’Rivera and released a half-dozen acclaimed albums under his own name, most recently Cuentos with his big band in 2015.

Before coming out to see Giraudo’s Tango Ensemble on Friday, and his big band on Saturday, enjoy his previous big band set at The Jazz Gallery, featuring compositions both new and old.

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Design by The Jazz Gallery

This Wednesday, November 29th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present a special encore performance of our Jazz Composers’ Showcase. Since the series’s first performance in September 2014, the showcase has provided a special opportunity for up-and-coming and experienced composers alike to present works for large ensemble—an increasingly difficult endeavor in today’s scene. Curated by composer Miho Hazama, the series has shown the incredible breadth of contemporary jazz composition for large ensemble.

For this performance, the house large ensemble will present music by a number of the program’s alumni: Ms. Hazama, Chris Zuar, Erica Seguine, Jon Schapiro, Martha Kato, Chuck Iwanusa, Michael Thomas, Andy Clausen, Jihye Lee, and Remy Le Boeuf. Before checking out the wonderfully diverse sets this Wednesday, take a listen to Ms. Kato’s “Departure,” performed live at The Jazz Gallery in February 2016.

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