On Thursday, November 15, the next edition of The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series kicks off at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. This edition features pianist Kris Davis mentoring saxophonist David Leon. Throughout November, the pair will play in four different configurations, from duo to quartet. The ensembles will feature many of Davis’s regular collaborators, including drummers Tom Rainey and Tomas Fujiwara, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and bassist Michael Formanek.
Like Davis, Leon is an improviser of enthusiastic versatility and catholic taste. He leads his own post-bop quartet, performs with the collaborative trio Sound Underground, and frequently convenes groups for free improvisation. A native of Miami, Florida, and a graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Leon has won an ASCAP Herb Alpert Award for jazz composition and performed at the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival. Sound Underground has just released their third album as a group, which you can check out below.
Pianist Kris Davis and saxophonist David Leon perform at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem on Thursday, November 15, 2018. They will be joined by Tomas Fujiwara on drums. One set at 7 P.M. $10 general admission. Purchase tickets here.
The pair will also perform at The Jazz Gallery on November 20, The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY on November 28, and The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn on November 29.