Described by JazzTimes as “a dazzling pyrotechnician and accomplished composer,” Colombian-born pianist Gabriel Guerrero has thus far emphasized an interest in sound over style in his varied career. “Addressing music for its drive, direction and roots rather than styles,” as Guerrero notes on his website, the pianist has recorded and worked in diverse settings over the years. In 2008, he joined Danilo Perez to record the pianist’s Panama Suite (ArtistShare) big band project, while continuing his association with Boston-based bassist Bruce Gertz (Guerrero has recorded four albums thus far with Gertz’s band, which regularly features other Boston-based artists like saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi). Guerrero’s 2012 recording début, Feyas, features original compositions that integrate his influences from jazz, Latin, and classical music, as well as a cast of collaborators that includes Eric Doob, Jorge Roeder, Jerry Bergonzi, and Bruce Gertz, among others.
This Thursday, June 26th, 2014, Guerrero will appear with his trio, featuring Will Slater on bass and Richie Barshay on drums, plus a special guest: Brooklyn-based saxophonist Dan Blake, with whom Guerrero appeared on Panama Suite. Check out these videos of previous iterations of the Gabriel Guerrero Trio, featuring the pianist’s original compositions. First, a trio performance featuring Luques Curtis on bass and Eric Doob on drums at Somethin’ Jazz Club (2011), and then another clip featuring Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at Cornelia Street Café (2012).
Gabriel Guerrero Trio with special guest Dan Blake performs at The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. The performance will feature Guerrero on piano, Will Slater on bass, Richie Barshay on drums, and Dan Blake on saxophone. Sets are at 9 and 11 p.m. First set is $15 general admission and $10 for Members. Second set is $10 general admission and $5 for Members. Purchase tickets here.