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Photo courtesy of the artist

Photo courtesy of the artist

At age 19, pianist James Francies is continuing to prove himself to be one of the leading pianists of his generation. Like Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Kendrick Scott, and numerous others before him, Francies is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and has aligned himself with this lineage of Houston jazz artists who have emerged as leaders on the international jazz scene. Francies, currently on tour in Europe with Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, brings back his Kinetic band to The Jazz Gallery this Friday, November 7th, 2014.

We presented Kinetic in April and also interviewed Francies around the same time; read our conversation here. We will also be presenting Francies as part of The Jazz Gallery’s Mentoring Series: Volume 1, Edition 4, with Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now, over the next couple months. We hope that you’ll us in welcoming this young talent back to our stage on Friday.

James Francies KINETIC performs this Friday, November 7th, 2014 at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Francies on piano, Nir Felder on guitar, Matt Brewer on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., and tickets are $22.00 ($12.00 for Members). Purchase tickets here.