A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Alice Zulkarnain

“The pianist John Escreet seems to be thinking about where jazz can go next,” writes Ben Ratliff in The New York Times. John Fordham of The Guardian agrees: “Escreet has quickly matured into one of the most original exponents of that highly disciplined, melodically and rhythmically intricate contemporary jazz style.”

Since the British-born pianist moved to New York in 2006, he has released three acclaimed albums, and cut his teeth in the bands of Antonio SanchezAmbrose AkinmusireAdam RogersTyshawn Sorey, and several others.

As we’ve mentioned previously, we were taken with John’s playing when he first appeared here as a sideperson with the saxophonist David Binney. We invited him back shortly thereafter to celebrate the release of his first album, Consequences (Posi-Tone), on our stage. He has performed here on numerous other memorable occasions since then, including the debut of his trio (featuring the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey) in November of 2010, as well as sideman appearances with David Binney, Tyshawn Sorey’s Oblique, Antonio Sanchez‘s “Migration”, and others. We look forward to his return on Friday, with John Hebert and Tyshawn Sorey.

You can find an interview we conducted with John earlier this year here.