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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…)

Photo by Rolf Freiberger

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.