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Our good friend Jeremy Dutton will be coming to The Jazz Gallery once again this week, and as always, he’s got something new up his sleeve. Jeremy doesn’t need much of an introduction. After all, he was profiled extensively on this site over the last few months as part of the Gallery’s Mentoring Series. You can find those posts here, here, and here.

Here’s the abridged rundown: Jeremy is a supremely talented 21-year-old drummer from Houston, Texas, experienced as both a sideman and a bandleader. He grew up obsessing over Art Blakey and Tony Williams, and has followed in the footsteps of great Houston drummers including Eric Harland, Kendrick Scott, and Chris Dave. In 2014, he toured toured across Africa and Europe with Sachal Vasandani, spent time playing with the Cambridge-New York group iiii, and spent several fall nights at the Gallery with Taylor Eigsti.

Now, at the top of 2015, he’ll be putting on “Everything I Am,” drawing from his 2013 album “I Am.” And he’s got a killer lineup, with Philip Dizack on trumpet, Nir Felder on guitar, James Francies on piano and Linda Oh on bass.

This post doesn’t do justice to all the work he’s done over the past few years, so please go check out the other interviews and check out his tunes on Soundcloud.

Jeremy Dutton presents “Everything I Am” at The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. The group features Dutton on drums, Phillip Dizack on trumpet, Nir Felder on guitar, James Francies on piano, and Linda Oh on bass. 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.

Photo by Carlos Pericás //

Photo by Carlos Pericás //

Writing in the New York Times last February, critic Ben Ratliff proclaimed saxophonist Aaron Burnett as one of the “most broadly curious musicians in New York right now… [W]ith his own band, Big Machine, he’s working on a detailed, new-sounding, capacious vision of jazz, one that encompasses the extended tradition of jazz as well as classical and electronic music.”

The Jazz Gallery is proud to present Mr. Burnett and his Big Machine this Saturday, January 17th, for their third performance in our space. We caught up with Burnett when he played at the Gallery last March, and he summed up his musical philosophy thusly:

I’m looking to the future of the music, rather than being a bit of a necrophiliac like a lot of jazz musicians out there. I’m trying to introduce a concept that will last longer than I’m alive. I’m a thirty-two-year-old man, which isn’t that long of a time to be alive. I look at our society, I look at everything that’s going on and what young people are listening to and what’s popular, and that’s what drives me to make music the way I do. I can sit there and play Dexter Gordon patterns all day, but what does that really do for the music? It doesn’t do anything. It’s regurgitating something that already happened. Playing jazz today, it’s much more interesting trying to incorporate all these modern elements into the music rather than trying to emulate something that happened fifty years ago.

Come check out Aaron Burnett’s Big Machine this Saturday. They will be playing a mix of bebop standards and Burnett’s original compositions, extending the jazz tradition into a new era of expression. For a taste of what’s ahead this weekend, you can watch Burnett in action at the Gallery last March in the video below and hear Burnett speak more about his music our previous interview.

Aaron Burnett’s Big Machine performs at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. The group features Burnett on tenor saxophone, Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Carlos Homs on piano, Matt Brewer on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., $22 general admission for the first set ($12 for members)Purchase tickets here. 


My Ideal (2015), courtesy of the artist

Pianist Glenn Zaleski is bursting with excitement over the release of his first album as a leader—My Ideal. The record, featuring his trio with Craig Weinrib on drums and Dezron Douglas on bass will be released by Sunnyside Records on March 17th. This Friday, January 16th, Glenn will bring this trio to The Jazz Gallery for the first time (with Ben Street filling in for Mr. Douglas on bass). Glenn has previously performed at The Jazz Gallery with several different groups, including with collaborative the Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato Trio. Besides touring with this home base group, as well as the likes of Ravi Coltrane and Jamie Baum, Glenn has been working with JazzReach, a non-for profit organization that travels the country educating others about jazz. We caught up with Glenn by phone this week to find out about what he is looking forward to about his new trio and the new year. 

The Jazz Gallery: What are some new pieces of musical knowledge or experiences from 2014 that you are taking with you into the new year?

Glenn Zaleski: I’ve recently realized that it’s amazing how little you really need to play. I’ve been noticing many instances when I didn’t feel like I was playing that much at all, and then I would listen back to the recording afterward and realize that I was actually terribly overplaying and the feeling of the music would be lost. And then when I simplified and played less, my playing sounded more full, infinitely clearer, and overall more effective. I’ve been amazed at just how little I need to play.

 TJG: What inspired you to make music with this particular trio? Is there something in particular driving the set of music on the album? (more…)


Jason Lindner, left, and James Francies, right. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Thursday, January 15th, 2015, The Jazz Gallery will present the final concert in our 2014-15 Mentoring Series, featuring keyboardist Jason Lindner’s NOW vs. NOW and special guest keyboardist James Francies.

Over the past year, four young artists—flautist and vocalist Elena Pinderhughes, saxophonist Mario Castro, drummer Jeremy Dutton, and pianist James Francies—have come of age on The Jazz Gallery stage (and at other venues throughout the city), establishing themselves as the next generation of jazz innovators. But this hasn’t just been an opportunity for these young artists to prove themselves. As shown in the video below with Ms. Pinderhughes and her mentor Jaleel Shaw, the elder musicians have learned a lot from their young partners as well.

The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series Vol. 1, Edition 1 – Jaleel Shaw & Elena Pinderhughes from The Jazz Gallery on Vimeo.

You can also check out the interviews with all of the Mentoring Series artists here, and learn more about the transformative experiences of teachers and students alike.

Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now featuring James Francies performs their final show as part of The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series this Thursday, January 15th, 2015, at The Jazz Gallery. The performance will feature Jason Lindner on piano and keyboard, Panagiotis Andreou on bass, Justin Tyson on drums, and James Francies on keyboards. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., $15 general admission ($10 for members) for the first set, $10 general admission ($8 for members) for the second. Purchase tickets here.


Ben Monder, left (photo from wikimedia commons) and Ingrid & Christine Jensen, right (photo by Jon Wikan)

The collaborative Jensen/Monder Project is a musical family affair. Not only does the group feature sisters Ingrid and Christine Jensen (on trumpet and saxophone respectively), but also other long-running—dare I say familiar—musical relationships. Both Ingrid and guitarist Ben Monder are longtime members of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, while the rhythm team of Matt Clohesy on bass and Jon Wikan on drums have supported many an Ingrid Jensen solo in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.

Oh, and I almost forgot that Jon and Ingrid collaborate in a familiar manner off the bandstand as well as husband and wife.

While Ingrid Jensen and Ben Monder are Gallery regulars, it’s a rare treat to have Christine Jensen come down from her home base in Montreal. Christine is acclaimed as both a saxophonist and large ensemble composer, and is fresh off her second JUNO award for contemporary jazz album of the year for her large ensemble record Habitat (Justin Time). Writing on her website, Christine speaks about working with her sister Ingrid:

There’s definitely yin and yang in our approach. We come from different educational backgrounds in our later periods. But we come from the same place, we grew up together, and there’s a spiritual part of the playing that we’re able to connect like no one else can.

United with such close collaborators in the rhythm section as well, the Jensen/Monder Project is sure to take off on exciting flights of fancy—beautiful risks that can only happen in such a tight-knit musical family. To get a taste of the adventure that will occur on Saturday, check out this performance of Christine’s composition, Blue Yonder:

The Jensen/Monder Projects performs this Saturday, January 10th, 2015, at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and electronics, Christine Jensen on saxophones, Ben Monder on guitar, Matt Clohesy on bass, and Jon Wikan on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., $22 general admission ($12 for members). Purchase tickets here.