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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

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Through three decades of performing, violist Mat Maneri has expanded the musical practices of his instruments. While playing with luminaries including Cecil Taylor, Joe Morris, and Matthew Shipp, Maneri has cultivated a fearless improvisation style that builds on his father Joe Maneri’s explorations of microtonality.

This Friday at The Jazz Gallery, Maneri celebrates his 50th birthday with two sets of music performed with many of his longtime collaborators. at 7:30 P.M., Maneri convenes his Dust Quartet, featuring pianist Lucian Ban, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Randy Peterson. At 9:30, Maneri will join an expanded ensemble for a set of free improvisation, featuring Morris and Shipp, plus pianist Craig Taborn, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and fellow violist Tanya Kalmanovitch.

Before coming out to this celebration of Maneri’s music, check out this performance of Maneri with drummer Ches Smith’s trio, featuring Craig Taborn.

Mat Maneri plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, October 4, 2019. Maneri’s Dust Quartet plays at 7:30 P.M., featuring Mr. Maneri on viola, Lucian Ban on piano, Brad Jones on bass, and Randy Peterson¬†and drums. Maneri and Friends play at 9:30 P.M., featuring Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch on piano; Craig Taborn and Matthew Shipp on piano; Joe Morris on guitar; and Tony Malaby on saxophone. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.