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This weekend, The Jazz Gallery is thrilled to welcome alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw back to our stage for two evenings of performances. Shaw has been part of the Gallery family for many years and continues to be actively involved with our mission to present the future of jazz. In 2014, Shaw was the inaugural mentor for The Jazz Gallery’s mentorship series, working with rising-star flautist and vocalist Elena Pinderhughes. As a longtime member of drummer Roy Haynes’s Fountain of Youth Band, Shaw has a direct musical lineage back to the bebop era, a lineage that he has built on through his work as both a leader and sideman.

Recently, Shaw has been touring with drummer Jaimeo Brown’s acclaimed “Transcendence” project, bassist Buster Williams, and trumpeter Tom Harrell. As a leader, Shaw put out a collaborative track with rapper Dres of the duo Black Sheep earlier this year. Check out the evocative video from the project below.

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Over the next several weeks, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the final edition of our 2016 Mentoring Series. Following on the heels of successful runs by pianist Aaron Parks & vibraphonist Joel Ross, as well as guitarist Miles Okazaki & pianist Paul Cornish, this edition will feature two multi-reedists—Dayna Stephens mentoring Patrick Bartley.

It isn’t a stretch to call Stephens the hardest-working musician in the New York jazz scene. He always seems to be running several projects simultaneously, to the point that he rarely plays with the same band twice. His last album, Peace (Sunnyside), featured Stephens reinvigorating classic jazz ballads with a truly top-flight band—pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland. The group has another record’s worth of material in the can—high octane compositions by Stephens and his peers (new standards if you will)—which is highly-anticipated. Recently, Stephens has seriously exploring the capabilities of the EWI in a working group with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Adam Arruda. Check out the group playing live at Smalls, below:

While most young jazz musicians today would profess to be into a wide variety of music, Patrick Bartley takes that commitment to musical omnivorism to a new level. Just this past month, Bartley released the debut album of his collaborative ensemble J-Music, a group of his peers from the Manhattan School of Music that explores Japanese pop music through improvisation. In addition, Bartley led a group that performed the music of Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer at the NYC Hot Jazz Festival. This past summer, he toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz, showing how effortlessly Bartley can navigate varied styles and musical sub-communities in New York. And like Stephens, Bartley has taken to the EWI, even performing on it with Jon Batiste & Stay Human on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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This Tuesday, November 1st, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome pianist Tony Tixier and his trio back to our stage. Along with bandmates Karl McComas-Reichl on bass and Tommy Crane on drums, Tixier has just returned from a European tour where he presented music from his forthcoming self-produced album, Life of Sensitive Creatures. Tixier was able to successfully fund his album through Kickstarter this past spring, and described the inspiration for his new original compositions thusly:

Two years ago, I left Paris to move to New York in search of a new life. New York is the city where the finest Artists reside or pass through and I knew that in order to continue my growth as a person and a musician, I needed to engulf myself in this life. Not realizing how competitive and tough NYC can be for a musician, the challenges I saw around me were the inspiration to write new music about this new life and experience. What I have written for this album is a reflection about the complexity of life – the love, the sadness and the joys that challenge us to keep growing as individuals. Bringing us back to our basic and natural instinct of sensitivity.  Music is the language that goes beyond words by reaching our emotions; connecting vibrations and sounds with feelings. This album’s music is Life of Sensitive Creatures.

Please join us at the Gallery to hear this new and deeply-felt music before it comes out on record later this year. (more…)