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Earlier this month, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and his working quartet went into Sear Sound Studio to record their debut album. Under the watchful eye of producer Jason Moran, the album highlights the deep rapport that the quartet has honed over the past few years—just take a listen to their quicksilver performance at Oberlin Conservatory this past fall:

Not someone to rest on his laurels, Wilkins is already moving onto new projects. At The Jazz Gallery this Saturday, February 2, Wilkins will convene a new trio featuring vibraphonist Joel Ross and drummer Nazir Ebor. Don’t miss this chance to hear Wilkins challenge himself in a new musical setting. (more…)

Angela Morris, Drew Williams, and Hye Seon Hong. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Thursday, January 17, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the latest volume of our large ensemble Jazz Composers’ Showcase. This long-running series has given emerging composers the opportunity to work with a top-flight New York big band, many of whom have gone onto lead acclaimed ensembles of their own. This week’s show will feature work by composers Angela Morris, Drew Williams, and Hye Seon Hong.

Morris is a saxophonist originally from Toronto and an alumna of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop. She performs with a number of aesthetically omnivorous groups, including her quintet Rallidae and co-leads “a jagged-edged [big] band,” with saxophonist Anna Webber, “that has begun to turn musicians’ heads,” according to Giovanni Russonello of the New York Times. Check out Morris’s composition “Both Are True” performed by that ensemble, below.

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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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