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This Monday, September 9, The Jazz Gallery is proud to host a special double bill as part of the annual Festival of New Trumpet Music. Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt will kick off the evening (stay tuned for an interview with Boshnack at Jazz Speaks tomorrow), while John Raymond’s Real Feels will follow.

Typically a trio with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan, Raymond is bringing an expanded quintet version of the group to the Gallery, featuring Matthew Stevens on guitar, Julian Shore on piano and keyboards, Chris Morrissey on bass, and Jason Burger on drums. In a previous interview with Jazz Speaks, Raymond talked about the group’s focus on wide-open interplay, and expressive directness:

This has been been a band where I don’t really want to bring in a lot of crazy difficult music. The joy of it is we’re playing these simple songs: “Amazing Grace,” “Scarborough Fair,” “This Land is Your Land.” But because of the trio setting, and moreso because how we’re all approaching the music, we’re taking this simple idea and able to then take it in a lot of directions.

Before checking out the rich textures of Raymond’s expanded Real Feels band at the Gallery, take a listen to his home base trio performing “Low Places,” by the English songwriter/producer Jon Hopkins.

John Raymond’s Real Feels plays The Jazz Gallery as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music on Monday, September 9, 2019. The group features Mr. Raymond on trumpet & flugelhorn, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Julian Shore on piano & keyboards, Chris Morrissey on bass, and Jason Burger on drums. One set at 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $20 reserved table seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.