In February 2020, saxophonist Nicola Caminiti made his debut as a leader on The Jazz Gallery’s stage. A native of Sicily and a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Caminiti presented an evening of original compositions, played with self-assurance by a band of talented peers. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Caminiti shared the centrality of melodic construction to his practice:
Melody is the most important thing for me in general. Sometimes I’ve trashed songs because they have cool changes but the melody isn’t working. For me, the melody is the statement. Any work in the history of music is remarkable because of its melodic content.
Late Coltrane and Ornette Coleman had such a melodic drive. It was different of course. Some would argue that these are not simple melodies. But being simple or diatonic is not the measure of a melody. It’s whether you’re able to channel something through it.
This Saturday, June 12, Caminiti returns to the Gallery stage, showcasing his growing book of melodies, as well as the quartet’s growing rapport. Before coming out to the Gallery, take a listen to the tune “Adam Arturo” from Caminiti’s 2020 Gallery set, below.
This Friday, June 11, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Victor Gould back to our stage for two sets. Gould made his Gallery debut as a leader back in 2014, and has since released 3 albums under his own name—Clockwork (which was named “Debut of the Year” in the 2016 NPR Jazz Critics’ poll), Earthlings, and Thoughts Become Things.
This past August, Gould received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant. The result was a piece for his working trio with bassist Tamir Shmerling and drummer Anwar Marshall entitled The Unity Suite. The trio just premiered the work at Smalls last month, and you can check out the performance below (and remember to support the SmallsLIVE foundation for producing these concerts and streams):
Not content for one new project this year, Gould and his trio will be playing more new music at the Gallery from their upcoming album In Our Time, which is due out September 5. (more…)
In March 2020, Lex Korten played The Jazz Gallery with Tyshawn Sorey’s sextet, the last live shows on the Gallery stage before the COVID shutdowns. This week, we’re pleased to welcome Korten back to our stage as a leader in his own right.
In Korten’s previous Gallery shows, he has showcased his compositional voice with bands featuring horn players like Jasper Dütz and Kalia Vadever. However, this will be his first time at the Gallery helming a classic piano trio, alongside bassist Adam Olszewski and drummer Kayvon Gordon. Before coming to checkout Korten’s trio vision at the Gallery, take a listen to his trio performance of Gerald Clayton’s “Trapped in a Dream,” recorded by Brave Sound NYC.
This Saturday, June 5, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome bassist Or Bareket back to our stage, along with his home-base quartet. Bareket grew up speaking three languages in Tel-Aviv and Buenos Aires before coming to New York in 2011. Fluent in many musical idioms, Bareket has worked with similarly cosmopolitan bandleaders like Etienne Charles, Jacques Schwartz-Bart, and Camila Meza, to name a few. He’s released two albums as a bandleader, his agile music speaking in a distinct rhythmic cadence informed by the many communities he’s been a part of.
At the Gallery this weekend, Bareket will be joined by frequent collaborator (and fellow Etienne Charles band member) Savannah Harris on drums, as well as young standouts Jeremy Corren on piano and Morgan Guerin on saxophones. Before coming to the Gallery, check out Bareket’s quartet slithering through his composition “Shosh,” from his debut album Ob1.
Trina Basu (L) and Arun Ramamurthy (R). Photo courtesy of the artists.
This week, we at The Jazz Gallery are thrilled to open our doors and welcome back listeners for in-person concerts. We are so grateful for all of you who have come to our Monday night lockdown sessions and Thursday night livestreams, supporting our community of musicians during this trying time.
On Thursday, June 3, we’re teaming up with Brooklyn Raga Massive to present violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy. As collaborators in both life and music, they’ve spent the pandemic trying to balance music with teaching and taking care of their family, as they highlight in a BRM livestream from February, below.
Our music is rooted in the Carnatic ragas and rhythmic structures. As a string quartet we can tap into the chamber music sound and create beautiful rich drones which is perfect for raga improvisations. There is a lot of experimentation and “breaking rules,” if you will, but we do try our best to retain the spirit of the raga or whatever it is we are tapping into at the moment. We’re both influenced by so many different styles of music but I think you will also find threads of jazz, western classical, and some version of experimental minimalist music.
For this performance, the duo will be joined by bassist Damon Banks and percussionist Dan Kurfirst, further expanding the palette of their music. (more…)