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On Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th, The Jazz Gallery will be welcoming drummer Marcus Gilmore to the stage with pianist David Virelles and harmonica player Grégoire Maret, along with some special guests.

Described by the New York Times as a drummer who executes complex music with ”a rolling grace and swing,” Gilmore is one of the most in-demand drummers in the city today. Coming from a musical family that includes his grandfather Roy Haynes, he has worked with an esteemed lineup of jazz greats, including Kenny Garrett, Vijay Iyer, Mark Turner, Steve Coleman, and, most recently, Chick Corea, with whom he just released the highly anticipated album, The Vigil. Gilmore kicked off his musical career even before graduating from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, studying under the mentorship of his grandfather starting at the age of 10 and performing with his teacher Steve Coleman at the age of 15. (more…)

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On Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th, The Jazz Gallery will be hosting pianist Sullivan Fortner as he debuts his newly commissioned composition, titled “Expansions: Suite in ‘B’ for Jazz Quintet.”

Fortner is a native of New Orleans and the music of his hometown serves as part of the inspiration for this new composition, along with the music of Latin America and South India. He holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music, as well as a Bachelor’s from Oberlin College, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship.