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David Virelles

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This Thursday, July 22, The Jazz Gallery is thrilled to welcome pianist David Virelles back to our stage for his first live, in-person performance since February 2020. In the meantime, Virelles has appeared on Sara Serpa’s epic, probing, and NPR Jazz Poll-topping album Recognition (Biophilia), hosted a Jazz Gallery happy hour-hang, and performed on the SFJAZZ-NEA 2021 Jazz Masters tribute concert. Check out Virelles playing honoree Henry Threadgill’s “Where Coconuts Fall,” below:

For this Gallery performance, Virelles convenes a trio featuring bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Eric McPherson. And if you can’t make it to the Gallery, the performance will also be streamed online. (more…)

Cobalt

Clockwise from top left: Lesley Mok, Henry Fraser, David Leon, Steve Long. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Friday, July 9, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to host the first live performance by the collective Cobalt. Featuring bassist Henry Fraser, saxophonist David Leon, pianist Steve Long, and percussionist Lesley Mok, Cobalt’s members are equally comfortable devising highly refined structures as they are jumping off the improvisational cliff. The group will perform compositions by all four members that explore an immense range of colors and textures.

While this performance will be the first for the quartet, the four members are already well-established collaborators. While Mok and Leon frequently play in each other’s bands (and sometimes as a duo in their Brooklyn apartment), Fraser joined Long for a wild site-specific piece written for the organ at Columbia University’s St. Paul’s Chapel.

Don’t miss this chance to see these four omnivorous composer-improvisers discover exciting new sound worlds in real time. (more…)

Gilad Hekselman

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Stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, some people baked sourdough bread. Others learned to knit and crochet. And yet others sat down with their guitars and learned Gilad Hekselman solos. A quick search on YouTube nets dozens of videos featuring young jazz guitarists playing favorite Hekselman solos, showing that even during hard times, jazz happens.

Since the calendar turned to 2021, Hekselman himself has done a lot to keep the music flowing, playing streams and shows with a rotating cast of top-notch collaborators. In February, he played The Jazz Gallery with the likes of Aaron Parks and Marcus Gilmore, following that up a few days later with a Smalls show alongside Obed Calvaire and Joe Martin (which you can check out below).

This week at the Gallery, Hekselman switches up the band once again, gathering a quartet comprising Shai Maestro on piano, Rick Rosato on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Join us in person, or check out the livestream! (more…)

Kris Davis

Photo by Caroline Mardok, courtesy of the artist.

If the New York improv scene is an ecosystem, then pianist Kris Davis can be well-described as a spider. First, there’s the spidery way she moves along the keyboard, with agile slides giving way to delicately-wound harmonies. Second, there’s the particular web of collaborators she has spun, connecting players across styles and practices like Terri Lynne Carrington, Craig Taborn, and Julian Lage.

This Friday and Saturday, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome Davis back to our stage with one of her many groups, Capricorn Climber. Featuring Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Mat Maneri on viola, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Tom Rainey on drums, the band released a self-titled album back in 2013.

To get a sense of the kind of improvisational mischief that can arise with this group, check out Davis and Laubrock performing live on the Gallery stage as part of the 2020 Skopje Jazz Festival, below.

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Dezron Douglas

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It’s a truism that jazz is a music defined by the spontaneous interactions between performer and listener. So during the COVID-19 pandemic, jazz musicians have used every last bit of guile to keep the music flowing over wires and screens. One of the earliest and most memorable COVID jazz events were the performances by harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas, streamed from their East Harlem apartment:

They eventually gathered their favorite tracks—a mix of originals as well as pieces by Pharaoh Sanders, Kate Bush, and others—into an album, Force Majeure.
Outside the home, Douglas has stayed active doing livestreams at Smalls and Bar Bayeux, working with elder statesmen like Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Lewis, as well as his home-base quartet. This Thursday, Douglas will play live and in person at The Jazz Gallery with this quartet, joined by saxophonist Emilio Modeste, pianist George Burton, and drummer Joe Dyson (the show will be livestreamed as well). Before coming out to the Gallery to be a part of the spontaneous music-making, check out the quartet’s performance of “Atalaya,” below.

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