A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Scott Benedict, via

Photo by Scott Benedict, via

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson released his long-anticipated début, Moment & the Message (Pi Recordings), last May to critical acclaim, including a 4-star review in DownBeat as well as a 4-star review in The Guardian. Although he might be best known for his long tenure with saxophonist and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Steve Coleman, with whom he began apprenticing in 2000 at the age of 18, Finlayson’s primary musical vehicle in recent times has been Sicilian Defense, the band that appeared on Moment & The Message and that performed at the Gallery back in April.

This Saturday, Finlayson presents a new quintet with an entirely different line-up: D.C.-based tenor saxophonist Brian Settles; pianist Matt Mitchell, who also released his début album, Fiction, on Pi Recordings last September; bassist Mark Helias, who at age 64 will be the elder statesman of this particular band; and drummer Craig Weinrib, who has performed alongside Finlayson in a number of settings (including Sicilian Defense, although Weinrib does not appear on the recording). The band doesn’t have any other dates lined up for the near future, so don’t miss your chance to hear this group of musicians explore their collective chemistry on Saturday.

Jonathan Finlayson +4 performs this Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano, Mark Helias on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., $22 general admission ($12 for Members). Purchase tickets here.