Last December, The Jazz Gallery presented the debut concert of Mark Guiliana’s Jazz Quartet. Best known as a leader for his plugged-in Beat Music project, this fully-acoustic band was a marked shift for the drummer. In an interview with Jazz Speaks last year, Guiliana noted:
This quartet will be the first time as a leader that I present music in a purely acoustic way. I consider it a challenge because, again, the timbre is fixed and it puts more attention on the true content of the composition. I can no longer hide behind a really cool synth pad or beautiful melodic voice.
If you think about sax, piano, bass, and drums, that’s what John Coltrane used to express himself. And that’s really scary! I consider it more of an homage to all the music I’ve been influenced by.
Since that show, Guiliana and company—pianist Shai Maestro (Fabian Almazan will be filling in for this show), bassist Chris Morrissey, and saxophonist Jason Rigby—have recorded a pair of albums (that you should check out below) and are set to embark on a European tour. Come out to the Gallery this Wednesday, September 30th, to see how this quartet has grown and developed over the past year.
The Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015. The group features Mr. Guiliana on drums, Fabian Almazan on piano, Chris Morrissey on bass, and Jason Rigby on saxophone. Sets are at 7:30 and 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.