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In 2010, after three decades of work as an in-demand sideman, drummer Tom Rainey finally released his first album as a leader, Pool School (Clean Feed). In an interview in JazzTimes, Rainey noted, “I am a very reluctant leader. I’m really happy to have done it and I’m proud of it, but I came to it kicking and screaming.” The album’s results belie that sentiment. Featuring a trio including saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson, Pool School showcases these top-tier musicians’ creativity and rare telepathy over a dozen freely-improvised vignettes. Buoyed by the positive experience, Rainey is now regularly releasing albums under his own name, including two trio followups, and a set of deconstructed jazz standards, Obbligato.

This Saturday, September 9th, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome Rainey’s trio back to our stage as they pass through on a tour of the northeast. Before catching a glimpse of their ever-deepening interplay at the Gallery, check out this recent performance at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the site of their 2015 live album, Hotel Grief.

The Tom Rainey Trio plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The group features Mr. Rainey on drums, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, and Mary Halvorson on guitar. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.