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This Thursday, February 28, The Jazz Gallery welcomes vocalist Arta Jēkabsone back to our stage for two sets. Jēkabsone made her Gallery debut this past autumn, showcasing the developing rapport of her home-base ensemble that will return this week. Before coming to New York to study at The New School, Jēkabsone grew up in Kandava, a small town in Latvia, which fostered a distinct relationship between her art and surroundings. In a previous interview in Jazz Speaks, Jēkabsone described that idyllic setting:

[Kandava] is a small town with a lovely river called Abava. I basically spent my childhood there until I was about fifteen years old. It was peaceful there. When I was fifteen or sixteen, I started going to high school in the capital city, Riga.I would maybe travel once a month or so, depending on the stuff I had to do with school and music. Now, I go back to Kandava when I have the urge, the need for space and calmness. Kandava became the place I could go to develop and be with music and with myself, instead of doing concerts.

Before coming to the Gallery to hear Jēkabsone and her band, check out a performance from this past summer in Kandava, below.

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This Tuesday, February 26, bassist Nick Dunston returns to The Jazz Gallery stage with a new group. Called Truffle Pig, the group is a sax-bass-drums double trio featuring some of Dunston’s closest collaborators.

Dunston’s work straddles an array of musical communities and practices. Dunston is just as comfortable holding down the low-end in a post-bop combo (he’ll be back at the Gallery on Thursday with vocalist Arta Jēkabsone) as he is experimenting with unruly instrumental sounds (he just premiered a new work for solo viola on Sunday). It’s no wonder he’s already gotten to call with acclaimed artists such as Tyshawn Sorey and Marc Ribot.

Before checking out Dunston’s newest work at the Gallery this week, take a listen to a stirring solo bass performance from last year that showcases his wide imagination.

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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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