This Saturday, March 9, The Jazz Gallery welcomes drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s band Triple Double back to our stage. The band has grown and developed on the Gallery stage, performing before their debut recording session in 2016, then returning to celebrate the record’s release in 2017. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Fujiwara spoke of his motivations for bringing together the ensemble’s particular combination of musicians together:
I have a trio with Ralph [Alessi] and Brandon [Seabrook] that I had put together a year before Triple Double. I was really enjoying the gigs we had done, and we made a live record (Variable Bets on Relative Pitch Records). With most of the ensembles I’ve led, from The Hook Up to the trio with Ralph and Brandon, one of my main interests has been new combinations of musicians. In the case of Ralph and Brandon, they had never played together before. There were members of the original Hook Up that had never played together before. Taylor and Ralph had never played together, me and Gerald had never played together, so there were also a lot of first times. It was cool to see those relationships develop over time within this group.
This weekend, Triple Double is celebrating the vinyl release of their record—a beautifully-packaged double album with two new bonus tracks. With the band’s original lineup in tow, Fujiwara and Triple Double will perform music from their debut album (which you can listen to below), as well as new material to be released in 2020.