Starting this Tuesday, May 23rd, and continuing through the month of June, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present tap dancer Savion Glover in an improvisational dialogue with jazz instrumentalists. It’s not an overstatement to call Glover the world’s most famous tap dancer. From his regular appearances on Sesame Street, to his scintillating performance in the Tony-winning Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, to his motion-capture work in the Happy Feet films, Glover has brought the tradition of tap dancing to every corner of the world.
Always looking to expand his art in new directions as a performer and choreographer, Glover will explore the relationship of tap to the rich rhythmic tapestry of jazz by improvising with a series of rhythm section players at The Jazz Gallery. This Tuesday, May 23rd, Glover will be joined by drummer Marcus Gilmore, one of the most adept and influential rhythmic thinkers today. To get a sense of the rhythmic fireworks these two performers can unleash on the Gallery stage, check out some extended improvised solos below the fold, and imagine what will happen when these rhythmic wizards come together. (more…)
This Friday, May 19th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome a diverse collective of musicians dubbing themselves Music Quartet to our stage. Featuring Shai Maestro on piano, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Rick Rosato on bass, and Nate Wood on drums, this quartet stretches across musical communities and generations to create a distinctive sound greater than the sum of its formidable parts.
To get a sense of what these players can do in pickup situations, check out Maestro and Rosato putting the Gershwin classic “Embraceable You” through its paces with drummer Ari Hoenig.
This Wednesday, May 3rd, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present bassist Joshua Crumbly and his group on our stage. From the moment Crumbly arrived in New York in 2009 to study at Juilliard, he became an in-demand sideman on both upright and electric, joining Terrence Blanchard’s quintet in 2010. Since then, Crumbly has also held down the bass chair in groups lead by Ravi Coltrane, Kamasi Washington, Anthony Wilson, and Stefon Harris. Check out Crumbly playing with Harris at Dizzy’s last fall below, nailing every metric modulation in the band’s sleek arrangement of Horace Silver’s “Cape Verdean Blues,” and opening up on a lyrical solo around the 20 minute mark.
Crumbly has recently begun to step out more as a leader and has a debut record in the can. His working group reflects his versatility across acoustic and electric media, featuring two keyboardists and saxophonist Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment. Don’t miss this accomplished young sideman showcase his burgeoning voice as a composer and bandleader. (more…)
This Tuesday, May 2nd, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Sam Harris and his trio back to our stage for two sets. For several years now, Harris has been an indispensable member of his peer group, lending his acute harmonic sense and deft touch to groups led by Ambrose Akinmusire, Justin Brown, and Ben van Gelder. Check out Harris playing his composition “Calls” with van Gelder at Smalls, below.
At the Gallery this week, Harris will be joined by his regular bandmates Martin Nevin on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear such a talented group continue their musical growth. (more…)
This Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome drummer Marcus Gilmore back to our stage. It’s hard to understate Gilmore’s influence and versatility. In the last few weeks alone, Gilmore has toured with Taylor McFerrin in San Francisco and South Africa, lit up the stage at SXSW with Robert Glasper (check out his continually inventive solo below), and had his work dissected in DRUM! Magazine.
This weekend at the Gallery, Gilmore convenes a group of musicians from across the stylistic spectrum, including pianist David Virelles and vibraphonist Joel Ross. With Gilmore’s rare musical range, one can hardly predict what will transpire over the course of his four sets. (more…)