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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

Splitting his time between a home base in Los Angeles and regular touring around the world, saxophonist Walter Smith III doesn’t pass through New York that often. The last time Smith played in the city, it was at 1:45 AM at the Bitter End during this January’s Winter Jazz Festival. And before that, Smith hadn’t been around since the September release party for his latest record, Still Casual (self-produced). These infrequent visits are unfortunate since Smith has played a major role in shaping the character of jazz in New York today, and that many of his closest collaborators (including those on Still Casual) call the city home. It seems that the stars have to align just right for a Walter Smith sighting here.

Luckily, it seems the stars have indeed aligned just right this week. In town for a recording session with the pianist Danny Grissett, Smith has assembled a top-notch band for a special surprise show at The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday evening, April 28th. Joining Smith on the bandstand will be Fabian Almazan on piano, Lage Lund on guitar, Vincente Archer on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear Smith on the Gallery stage. Who knows when he’ll be in the city next…

The Walter Smith III Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015. The group features Mr. Smith on saxophone, Fabian Almazan on piano, Lage Lund on guitar, Vincente Archer on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set.