This weekend, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present vibraphonist Joel Ross’s newest project, Parables. The project reflects Ross’s growth as a composer and arranger, featuring an octet of both peers and experienced heavy hitters including trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Darius Jones, and bassist Matt Brewer. Ross describes the group’s concept through an etymology of the word parable:
The word parable is from the root word “paraballo” or in the Greek “parabole.” This compound word comes from “para” which means “to come along side or compare” and “ballo” which literally means “to throw” or “see” with //
The parables are used in giving one or more instructional lessons or principles and can be an allegory and may include inanimate objects (like trees, plants, or things) or people in various societal positions. There is often a tension between good and evil or sinful and holy meaning that they can proclaim what is good versus what is bad and what is evil in contrast to what is holy or God-like //
A parable is often a significant comparison between two objects that may be used as a mirror image of a comparable object to teach a single concept or teaching //
Before coming out to see this exciting new group, check out Ross and Marquis Hill going at it at Duc de Lombards in Paris.
Joel Ross’s Parables plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, 2018. The group features Mr. Ross on vibraphone, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Darius Jones on alto saxophone, Maria Grand on tenor saxophone, Kalia Vandever on trombone, David Bryant on piano, Matt Brewer on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.