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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

This weekend, The Jazz Gallery is excited to welcome bassist Linda Oh back to our stage. Ms. Oh last appeared at the Gallery this past April with her quartet, Sun Pictures. We spoke with her then about new compositions and playing in new bands (like Pat Metheny’s quartet), as well as how her perspective as a female jazz instrumentalist informs her work as a teacher.

This week, Oh returns with a sprawling new project—a double quartet called Aventurine. Aventurine is a kind of quartz that glistens and shimmers in the light, which is an apt descriptor for the kinds of multifaceted instrumental textures Oh is working with in this group. One side of the double quartet features a group of adventurous improvisers (and bandleaders in their own rights), including pianist Matt Mitchell, saxophonist Greg Ward, and drummer Ches Smith. The other side of the group is a string quartet featuring violinists Sara Caswell and Fung Chern Hwei, violist Benni Von Gutzeit, and cellist Jeremy Harman. In her compositions for the group, Oh both plays these instrumental forces off each other and brings them together, creating distinct music that is more than the sum of its parts. Before coming to the Gallery this weekend, check out how the band has been sounding in rehearsal in the video below.

The Linda Oh Aventurine Double Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, November 25th, and Saturday, November 26th, 2016. The group features Linda Oh on bass, Greg Ward on saxophones,  Matt Mitchell on piano, Ches Smith on drums, Sara Caswell and Fung Chern Hwei on violin, Benni Von Gutzeit on viola, and Jeremy Harman on cello. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $25 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.