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Marcus Gilmore

Photo courtesy of the artist.

For the past decade, drummer and composer Marcus Gilmore has been refining his expression alongside the likes of Chick Corea, Pharoah Sanders, Zakir Hussain and Vijay Iyer. An artist of multi-directional expansion, he approaches the drum set from within a lineage of percussionists and composers who have treasured its harmonic and melodic as much as its rhythmic depth. From this vantage point, Gilmore summons new leader and solo projects, recently integrating electronics into his live performances. 

In June, he told The Jazz Gallery’s Rob Shepherd how his electronic setup has had an influence on his composing and performing. “I never have a shortage of musical ideas but that doesn’t always readily translate to reality,” said Gilmore. “This particular set up and machinery make it possible for me to do a lot of the things that I had imagined for a while. Once it became an accessible instrument to use, I kind of jumped right on it. At some point, I realized that these different elements could sometimes make it sound like I was playing with a much larger group than just myself. So I became really curious about how to emphasize this aspect in my solo performances.” 

This week at the Gallery, don’t miss Gilmore stretch out with a trio featuring pianist David Virelles and bassist Burniss Earl Travis. (more…)

Photo by Harrison Weinstein, courtesy of the artist.

This Thursday, September 24, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome saxophonist Melissa Aldana and her quartet to our stage for a livestream performance. Back in April, just a few weeks after live performances were shut down across the world, we caught up with Aldana to see how she was dealing with the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. She spoke about practicing long tones, picking out J.S. Bach pieces on piano, and writing new material for an upcoming album.

As livestreams and outdoor performances have started in earnest, Aldana has gotten back out there, playing at Smalls in New York, the Arts Center at Duck Creek in the Hamptons (below), and even joining pianist Dan Tepfer for some live quarantine improvisations.

For this performance at the Gallery, Aldana will be joined by pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Pablo Menares, and drummer Kush Abadey—a tight working quartet that sounds like it hasn’t skipped a beat.

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From L to R: Eric McPherson, Kris Davis, and Stephan Crump. Photo courtesy of the artists.

This Thursday, September 17, The Jazz Gallery continues its Fall Livestream Concerts Series with a performance by the Borderlands Trio. A collaborative effort from bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Eric McPherson, Borderlands Trio’s improvisations feature pointedly unstable textures alongside earthy groove. Before tuning in to the group’s fresh, spontaneous compositions on Thursday evening, check out the prickly and patient improvisation “Flockwork” from their debut album, below:
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Immanuel Wilkins & Logan Richardson. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Friday, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to host a special, intergenerational alto saxophone summit featuring Logan Richardson and Immanuel Wilkins. Both Gallery favorites, Richardson and Wilkins have honed their distinctive voices on the Gallery stage as both sidemen and leaders. To get an inkling of the fireworks that could ensure on the bandstand, check out the pair performing live shows in Washington D.C.—Wilkins at the Kennedy Center, and Richardson on NPR’s famed Tiny Desk.

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This Thursday, March 12, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome guitarist Fabrizio Sotti back to our stage for two sets. Since moving to New York in 1991, Sotti has been one of the scene’s true musical omnivores, as comfortable producing standout hip-hop tracks as unleashing flurries of post-bop lines with a fleet-footed trio. Check out Sotti’s recent performance of the Miles Davis standard “Solar,” which combines those different elements of his musical practice, below.

For this performance at the Gallery, Sotti has written a book of new music for a new band, featuring longtime collaborators Rachel Z on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums. In addition, keep your ear out for a special upcoming EP of Sotti with Gallery co-founders Lezlie Harrison and Roy Hargrove, recorded in Sotti’s apartment back in the year 2000. (more…)