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Tineke Postma (L) and Greg Osby (R). Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hailing from the Netherlands, saxophonist Tineke Postma is a fast-rising star on both sides of the Atlantic. As an alumnus of both the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Manhattan School of Music, Postma has a distinctly transnational perspective, bridging the gap between diverse musical communities. She has performed with the likes of Esperanza Spalding and Geri Allen, and has had a long and fruitful relationship with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington—Carrington has performed on several of Postma’s albums, while Postma featured heavily on Carrington’s Grammy-winning 2011 record, Mosaic (Concord Jazz).

Postma continues to split her time between Amsterdam and New York, and her latest record is the result of another longtime transatlantic musical relationship—this one with the saxophonist Greg Osby. The album, Sonic Halo (Challenge), came out this past Fall and has been met with positive notice across the world. In his four-star review for The Guardian, John Fordham writes that Sonic Halois imaginative, accomplished contemporary jazz from an A-list group.” Reflecting Postma’s all-encompassing aesthetic, the music on Sonic Halo runs the gamut from slow burning minimalism on “Source Code,” to undulating mixed meters on “Sea Skies,” to driving, abstract funk on “Facets,” to poignant lyricism on the ballad “Where I’m From.” There’s even a distinctly modern take on the standard “Body and Soul.”

Postma and Osby will present their engaging music from this acclaimed new album at The Jazz Gallery this Friday, January 9th. Don’t miss your chance to hear these two great saxophonists spar before Postma jets off to her next destination.

Tineke Postma and Greg Osby’s Sonic Halo performs this Friday, January 9th, 2015, at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Postma and Osby on saxophones, Simona Premazzi on piano, Martin Nevin on bass, and Adam Arruda on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., $22 general admission ($12 for members). Purchase tickets here.

Left to Right: Miho Hazama (photo by Miho Aikawa), Daniel Jamieson (photo by Will Boisture), Scott Ninmer (photo courtesy of the artist)

Left to Right: Miho Hazama (photo by Miho Aikawa), Daniel Jamieson (photo by Will Boisture), Scott Ninmer (photo courtesy of the artist)

This past September, The Jazz Gallery began a new series showcasing the big band works of up-and-coming composers. This Thursday, January 8th, 2015, we will present the next concert in this series, featuring works by Daniel Jamieson, Scott Ninmer, and Miho Hazama. All three composers are alumni of the Manhattan School of Music and have  participated in the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop. This concert is a chance to check out the next generation of exciting and progressive big band writing.

Miho Hazama has become a regular at The Jazz Gallery, presenting both traditional big band works and pieces for her string-tinged group, m_unit. Her 2013 debut album Journey to Journey (Sunnyside) was critically acclaimed, finding spots in The 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and Downbeat’s Best New Albums of 2013. Last January, we spoke with Hazama about the joys and challenges of writing for these different kinds of groups.

Over the past several years, Scott Ninmer has established himself as an in-demand arranger, most recently becoming the staff arranger for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. His music has been performed around the world, and recorded by both the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band and the Cal State Long Beach Concert Jazz Orchestra. You can check out some of Ninmer’s evocative and stylistically-diverse music on his website.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Daniel Jamieson has been making waves in the New York jazz scene since his days at the Manhattan School of Music. He’s worked with jazz luminaries including Kurt Elling and Joe Lovano (providing arrangements for Lovano’s Coltrane Ballads project), in addition to leading his own groups, the Daniel Jamieson Tentet and the Danjam orchestra. His 2011 debut album Sudden Release (OA2) established himself as a “…new vital force in the big band world,” according to legendary arranger Jim McNeely. In addition to his work as a composer and arranger, Jamieson is an accomplished woodwind player and was featured as the lead alto saxophonist on drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Latin Grammy-nominated album, Tito Puente Masterworks Live (Jazzheads).

The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the diverse work of these composers, and we hope you can join us in checking out what are going to be the next big things in big band jazz.

The Jazz Composers’ Showcase will feature the compositions of Miho Hazama, Daniel Jamieson, and Scott Ninmer thisThursda, January 8th, 2015, at The Jazz Gallery. The band will feature John O’Gallagher, Ben Kono, Jason Rigby, John Lowery, and Andrew Gutauskas on saxophones; Mark Patterson, Matt McDonald, Noah Bless, and Max Seigel on trombone; Nathan Eklund, Jon Challoner, Dave Smith, and Matt Holman on trumpet; Arco Sandoval on piano, Olli Hirvonen on guitar, Aidan O’Donnell on bass, and Jared Schonig on drums. $22 general admission ($12 for members). Purchase tickets here.

Photo by Caterina Di Perri, courtesy of the artist

Photo by Caterina Di Perri, courtesy of the artist

The Jazz Gallery is back from its holiday hiatus, and so to kick off 2015 in style, the Gallery is proud to present pianist Matt Mitchell’s quartet in their Gallery debut.

A native of Philadelphia, Mitchell has established himself over the past several years as one of jazz’s indispensable sidemen, acting as the harmonic glue in groups like Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet. But even after gaining notice in the New York Times in 2011—critic Ben Ratliff named him one of four pianists on the rise—he only released his debut album as a leader in 2013. The result, a duo record with percussionist Ches Smith called Fiction (Pi), was critically acclaimed, landing in NPR’s 2013 Jazz Critic Poll. Writing in PopMatters, Will Layman notes that the music is “…fun stuff:  a playground of rhythms and energy that never ceases to be inventive. There is a dancing quality to most of this music that is near irresistible.”

It seems that it’s high time for Mitchell to release a followup, and the good news is that one is in the works. After playing at the Gallery on Tuesday, Mitchell and his quartet—featuring close associates Chris Speed on saxophone and clarinet, Chris Tordini on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums—will head into the studio and put their music to tape. Their appearance at the Gallery promises to be a special night, a chance to hear Mitchell’s music—”…highly detailed, full of terse harmonic frictions and oblong rhythmic constructions,” writes Nate Chinen of the New York Times—grow and come alive on the bandstand. What better way is there to ring in the new year?

The Matt Mitchell Quartet performs this Tuesday, January 6, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Mitchell on piano, Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Chris Tordini on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. 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.