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Photo by David Andrako, courtesy of the artist

Photo by David Andrako, courtesy of the artist

On Tuesday, April 14th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome back vocalist Imani Uzuri and her group Praise House. Filled with a host of free-thinking improvisers, Praise House explores different African-American musical traditions to create music that is adventurous, socially conscious, and distinctly contemporary. In particular, Uzuri is concerned with exploring “improvisation as an ecstatic tradition;” music as a means of creating transcendent experiences.

2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Ms. Uzuri. In September, Uzuri will curate a second edition of the Sinners and Saints Festival, an exploration and celebration of the enduring resonance of traditional forms of African-American musical expression in contemporary culture. Uzuri has also been named a 2015 Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence, alongside acclaimed jazz drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. and musician/comedian Reggie Watts, among others.

We hope you join us on Tuesday evening for a dose of transcendence to start your week.

Imani Uzuri’s Praise House plays The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015. The group features Ms. Uzuri on vocals, Marika Hughes on cello, Darius Jones on saxophone, Graham Haynes on cornet, Aruan Ortiz on piano, and Nasheet Waits on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. $15 general admission for the first set, ($10 for members), $10 general admission for the second ($8 for members).Purchase Tickets Here.