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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

From L to R: Giovanni Guidi, Dezron Douglas, David Virelles, Gerald Cleaver. Photo by Robert Oifare, courtesy of the artist.

Back in the summer of 2017, Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi and Cuban pianist David Virelles were hanging backstage at a European jazz festival when they came up with an idea for new band. This idea became Salida, a border-crossing supergroup where the two pianists concoct richly-layered textures on a variety of keyboard instruments, backed a by the crack rhythm team of bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Gerald Cleaver. For Guidi, the band name evokes multiple meanings in Spanish and Italian. In Spanish, the name means exit, while it also resembles the Italian word “salita,” meaning ascent.

This Friday, June 14, Salida plays at The Jazz Gallery for the first time with a slightly altered lineup—pianist John Escreet and bassist Brandon Lopez fill in for Mssrs. Virelles and Douglas respectively. Before hearing the band at the Gallery, check out a performance from last summer in the video below.

Salida plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, June 14, 2019. The group features Giovanni Guidi & John Escreet on keyboards, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.