Just over a year ago, saxophonist Mario Castro released his sophomore album, Estrella de Mar, featuring his strong, young quintet complemented by a string section and several special guests. The album received much critical acclaim and has helped establish Castro’s bonafides as a bandleader, right on the heels of his mentorship project with Miguel Zenon.
It seems that Castro has been bitten by the jazz-plus-strings bug, as he returns to The Jazz Gallery this Thursday, October 22nd, with a whole slate of new compositions for his quintet and strings. Castro will be videotaping this performance to help introduce this new music to the wider world. Once can only imagine the compositional strides Castro has made in the past year, building on the already-strong work on Estrella de Mar. Don’t miss being a part of this exciting live recording at The Jazz Gallery.
The Mario Castro Quintet + Strings performs at The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. The group features Mr. Castro on tenor saxophone, Josh Shpak on trumpeter & flugelhorn, KyuMin Shim on piano & keyboards, Tamir Shmerling on bass, Jonathan Pinson on drums, Reinaldo de Jesus on percussion, Tomoko Omura & Leonor Falcon on violin, Allyson Claire on viola, and Brian Sanders on cello. Sets are at 7:30 & 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for the first set, $10 general admission ($8 for members) for the second. Purchase tickets here.