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This Tuesday, August 15th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome harmonica player Grégoire Maret to our stage. Called “the new champ” of harmonica by critic Ted Gioia in The Daily Beast, Maret has shared the stage with a huge range of musical luminaries, from Sting to Pat Metheny to Steve Coleman. In 2016, Maret released his record Wanted on Sunnyside, assembling an all-star cast of players to showcase both his astonishing facility and multifaceted aesthetic. Check out a preview of the album below, including guest appearances from the rapper Koyaki and singer Diane Reeves.
At the Gallery this Tuesday, Maret will convene his band Innervoice, featuring a richly-textured, multi-keyboard rhythm section. To get a sense of the sparks of interplay that can fly with Maret on the bandstand, check out their performance at the 2016 Lotos Jazz Festival, below.
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This Friday, August 11th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Manuel Valera and his trio to our stage. Throughout his career, Valera has been an expert at blending high concept and visceral groove. His recent projects have included a sprawling song cycle based on the writings of José Martí (premiered at the Gallery in 2014) and a suite inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s famous concerto grosso, The Four Seasons, released on record this past spring.

This Friday at the Gallery, Valera will present another classically-inspired project called “The Planets,” inspired by the Gustav Holst composition of the same name. Like Valera’s José Martí project, “The Planets” was the winner of a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant. To get a taste of what Valera has in store, check out the trio—featuring Hans Glawishnig on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums—running through some of the music.

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This Thursday, August 10th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome guitarist Rotem Sivan and his trio back to our stage. A native of Israel, Sivan’s style is marked by a rare grace and intimacy—his athletic lines aren’t just empty chops, but delicate sinews that deftly spin out in surprising ways.

This summer, Sivan released his latest trio record, Antidote (Aima). Featuring his working band of Haggai Cohen Milo on bass, Colin Stranahan on drums, and guest vocalist Gracie Terzian, the tightly-constructed 38-minute record finds the band putting both jazz standards and Sivan-penned originals through their paces.

Sivan will surely draw from this strong material at the Gallery on Thursday evening; before stopping by, check out the original composition “Shahar” in the video below.

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This Friday, August 4th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome saxophonist Mario Castro back to our stage. Castro has been a regular over the past few years, participating in our inaugural mentorship series with Miguel Zenon, and continually releasing new compositions and arrangements for his quartet + strings project.

This Friday at the Gallery, Castro will convene a more stripped down quartet configuration featuring Tony Greco on guitar, Tamir Shmerling on bass, and Joel Mateo on drums. The group is sure to explore both new compositions and old favorites. Before coming to check out the band this weekend, watch Castro’s stirring performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage from this past December.

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L to R: Remy LeBoeuf, Jihye Lee, and Nicola Corso. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Thursday, August 3rd, The Jazz Gallery will host the return of our long-running large ensemble composers’ showcase. This showcase has provided up-and-coming composers with the rare opportunity to perform their work with a top-flight New York big band.

This concert will feature works by three very different composers—saxophonist Remy LeBoeuf, vocalist Jihye Lee, and bassist Nicola Corso. While LeBoeuf has certainly garnered a strong reputation as a saxophonist over the last several years in New York, he has recently begun to explore his voice as a large ensemble composer. This year, he won the prestigious BMI Charlie Parker Prize for his composition “Sibbian” (previous winners have included Darcy James Argue, Anna Webber, and Miho Hazama).

Hailing from Korea, Jihye Lee holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. She is an active vocalist in New York, and just released her debut large ensemble record, April, earlier this year. Check out the pensive and evocative “April Wind,” performed at the ensemble’s record release show at Symphony Space, below.
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