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By Vincent Soyez

By Vincent Soyez

This Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th, we’ll be presenting Fabian Almazan as part of the 2012-2013 Jazz Gallery Residency Commissions program. Fabian, a veteran Gallerian who has performed here with the likes of Ralph Alessi, Ben Wendel, Justin Brown, Walter Smith III, and others, will performing newly commissioned works this weekend with vocalist Camila Meza; they’ll also be joined by a 16-piece choir, which will mark his first foray into the realm of choral composition. Considering his background in orchestral composition and film scoring, this new music promises to be a treat for fans of this versatile, forward-thinking pianist.

If you’re on the fence, check out this interview with Fabian from last week, when we spoke about the new music he’ll be performing as well as his Residency experience. We hope that you’ll join us for these exciting premiere performances this weekend.

Fabian Almazan performs at The Jazz Gallery next Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th, as part of The Jazz Gallery Residency Commission 2012-13, with Camila Meza (vocals) plus 16-piece choir. Sets at 9 and 10:30 p.m., $20 general admission and $10 for Members. Purchase tickets here.

Kevin Hays—Bill Stewart

Kevin Hays—Bill Stewart

This Thursday, September 12th, The Jazz Gallery will host a duo performance from two exceptional musicians.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Stewart has become one of his generation’s most well-known drummers, developing his reputation working with musicians like John Scofield, Larry Goldings and Peter Bernstein.As Nate Chinen of the New York Times puts it, “…his true specialty is making a good band sound inexplicably better.”

Joining Stewart will be pianist Kevin Hays, who has drawn heavy praise from many musicians and critics. According to Brad Mehldau, “Everything he plays has a deep intelligence and swing.” Stewart and Hays are frequent collaborators, and this weekend’s performances promise to showcase their musical camaraderie.

For a preview of what’s in store, check out the following YouTube clips: (more…)

Potter-Turner-Street-Blake

Due to the cancellation of David Virelles’s performances this weekend, we will be closed tonight, Friday, September 6th. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, September 7th, we will be presenting a special two-tenor quartet, featuring Mark Turner and Chris Potter on saxophones, Ben Street on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. We hope that you will be able to join us to welcome this all-star band to our stage.

Sets at 9 and 10:30 p.m., $20 general admission and $10 for members. Purchase tickets here.

Original video by Alex Chaloff

Original video by Alex Chaloff

We’re pleased to announce a special reception and performance for members of The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, September 24th, 6-9 p.m. Saxophonist Ben Wendel and pianist Gerald Clayton, both long-time collaborators as well as long-time Gallerians, have graciously donated their time and effort to put on a duo set for our members.

If you’re interested in renewing your membership or thinking about becoming a member for the first time, this is a great time to do so and be a part of this special event. We look forward to seeing you all there!

If you’ve never heard Gerald Clayton and Ben Wendel play together, here’s their rendition of the Dizzy Gillespie composition “Con Alma,” recorded February 2012 at the Gallery (video by Alex Chaloff).

Photo by Vincent Soyez

Photo by Vincent Soyez

Next Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th, pianist Fabian Almazan will give premiere performances of new works he composed at the Gallery back in February as part of the 2012-13 Jazz Gallery Residency Commissions. He will be joined by vocalist Camila Meza as well as a 16-piece choir. His performances will follow the premiere performances of “Threefold” this Friday and Saturday, which was composed by David Virelles also as part of our 2012-13 Commissions program.

We caught up with Fabian by phone to talk about how the Residency went and what the audiences can look forward to hearing next weekend.

The Jazz Gallery: Can you tell us a bit about the music you wrote during your residency?

Fabian Almazan: I decided to compose for voice. In the past, I’ve done orchestral writing and trio and all sorts of different instrumental variations. I had never tried to compose for voice, so it’s a bunch of music for Camila Meza’s ensemble from Chile. The majority of the concert is duets between her and me, and the final song is with a 16-piece choir. Also, all of the music is in Spanish, and I wrote the majority of the lyrics except for one of the pieces. (more…)