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This Tuesday, December 11, The Jazz Gallery welcomes bassist Harish Raghavan and his working quintet back to our stage for two sets. A top-call sideman for elder musicians and peers alike, Raghavan convened his first working band at the beginning of 2018. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Raghavan spoke about the band’s origins.

This had been a long-term idea of mine. I wanted to do a record, because I hadn’t done one yet. I didn’t want to just throw something together. I wanted to get the music out in front of people and feel that energy. I had never really led a band before—I led gigs here and there.

So with that idea for the record, I wanted to go out and book some gigs—for the first six months of the year, I was going to book a gig a month and see if we could get a sound together. I recorded the second gig that we did at ShapeShifter Lab and even by that point, it really felt that we had a sound. I think it’s because I know all of these guys, but also because they’re all friends with each other. Instantly, there was a rapport and we really got through the music quickly.

Raghavan’s quintet will head into the studio this month to cut their debut record. Before checking out their ever-deepening rapport at the Gallery this week, take a listen to the leader’s composition, “Ween,” below:

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This Thursday, December 6, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome vocal trio SONICA to our stage for two sets. Featuring Thana Alexa, Nicole Zuraitis, and Julia Adamy, the group performs original compositions and smart arrangements, deftly mixing their voices with Alexa’s looping station, Zuraitis’s keyboards, and Adamy’s bass. Check out their piece “15/4” performed lived, below:

For their performance at the Gallery, SONICA will be joined by special guest drummers (and husbands) Antonio Sanchez, Dan Pugach, and Ross Pederson. Don’t miss the chance to check out this trio’s unique artistry live. (more…)

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For over thirty years, saxophonist and composer Hafez Modirzadeh has a forged a distinctly personal musical practice that he calls Chromodality. In this system, western equal temperament collides with other tuning systems from around the world, expanding the expressive possibilities of harmony and color within an improvisational environment. Over his past three albums on Pi Recordings, Modirzadeh has incorporated tunings from Iraqi maqam, Persian dastgah, and Iberian traditional musics. With collaborators like Amir El-Saffar, Vijay Iyer, and the string quartet ETHEL, these multi-modal musical explorations buzz with the excitement of limitless possibility.

This weekend at The Jazz Gallery, Modirzadeh will present a new a project—The Pulsivity/Resonance Project. Over the course of four sets, Modirzadeh will play a set of compositions for saxophone and retuned piano with four different pianists—Leo Genovese, Peter Apfelbaum, Diane Moser, and Tyshawn Sorey. Each pair will play the same compositions, which in turn are all based around a uniquely-tempered eight-note scale. Over the course of the weekend, these compositions will take on new colors and shapes, stretching their structure into multiple dimensions. Before coming out to experience this music, watch Modirzadeh explain elements of his chromodal musical practice below.

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This Thursday, November 8, The Jazz Gallery welcomes saxophonist/composer Felipe Salles and his new large ensemble to our stage to celebrate the release of The Lullaby Project and Other Works for Large Ensemble (Tapestry). A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Salles mines the music of his youth for the music on the album—namely traditional Brazilian lullabies. Through deft compositional manipulations, Salles highlights the tunes’ dark underlying qualities, and, in the composers own words, creates “a strong aural image in the listener’s mind.”

Before coming out to the Gallery to hear these psychologically-probing works, check out the album trailer, below.

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This Thursday, November 1, The Jazz Gallery welcomes bassist Jeong Lim Yang and her quintet to our stage for two sets. A native of South Korea, Yang studied at the Berklee College of Music, then moved to New York in 2011. In 2017, Yang released her debut album, Déjà Vu (Fresh Sound New Talent) with a quintet featuring veteran saxophonists Adam Kolker and Michael Attias, as well as rhythm section peers Nick Sanders on piano and Jesse Simpson on drums. Yang’s original compositions on the album follow the lineage of bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian, courting abstraction and lyricism in equal measure.

Yang will reconvene this quintet at the Gallery to play material from Déjà Vu. Before seeing the band live, check out their performance of “Moon Tethered,” an homage to trio of Masabumi Kikuchi, Gary Peacock, and Paul Motian.

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