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Photo by Michael Hoefner (Wikimedia Commons)

Photo by Michael Hoefner (Wikimedia Commons)

Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece Secret Society are long-time veterans of The Jazz Gallery. From their debut album Infernal Machines in 2009—produced immediately after the premiere of his Jazz Gallery commission that year—to their most recent release Brooklyn Babylon this year, Darcy and his Society have been credited for their fresh and innovative take on the big band tradition. The New York Times calls it a “wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism,” and rightfully so: Infernal Machines landed itself on over 100 Best-of-the-Year Lists and earned itself a Grammy Nomination for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 2009. As we noted in our first post ever here at Jazz Speaks, Darcy and his Society are no strangers to the Jazz Gallery, and we hope you’ll join us for their return to our stage.

This Thursday, November 7th, composer-conductor-ringleader Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society will perform at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Erica von Kleist, Sharel Cassity, Sam Sadigursky, John Ellis, and Josh Sinton on winds; Seneca Black, Tom Goehring, Jonathan Powell, Nadje Noordhuis, and Mike Rodriguez on trumpets; Mike Fahie, Ryan Keberle, James Hirschfeld, and Jennifer Wharton on trombones; and in the rhythm section, Sebastian Noelle (guitar), Red Wieringa (keyboards), Matt Clohesy (contrabass and electric bass), and Eric Doob (drums and percussion). Sets are at 9:00 and 11:00 p.m., $20 general admission and $10 for members. Purchase tickets here

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This Friday, September 27th, The Jazz Gallery welcomes tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana back to our stage with her group The Crash Trio, with bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela.

If you’ve been tuned in to the jazz sphere recently, this probably isn’t the first you’ve heard of Aldana—just last week, Aldana was named the winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition, making her the first female instrumentalist to win the competition since it began in 1987 and also earning her $25,000 in scholarship money and a recording contract with Concord Music Group. The first project on her list, in fact, is recording the music of The Crash Trio, featured in her performance at the Gallery this week. (more…)

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Photo via Okay Player

On Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th, The Jazz Gallery will be welcoming drummer Marcus Gilmore to the stage with pianist David Virelles and harmonica player Grégoire Maret, along with some special guests.

Described by the New York Times as a drummer who executes complex music with ”a rolling grace and swing,” Gilmore is one of the most in-demand drummers in the city today. Coming from a musical family that includes his grandfather Roy Haynes, he has worked with an esteemed lineup of jazz greats, including Kenny Garrett, Vijay Iyer, Mark Turner, Steve Coleman, and, most recently, Chick Corea, with whom he just released the highly anticipated album, The Vigil. Gilmore kicked off his musical career even before graduating from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, studying under the mentorship of his grandfather starting at the age of 10 and performing with his teacher Steve Coleman at the age of 15. (more…)