A look inside The Jazz Gallery

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The drummer Antonio Sánchez is “a specialist in billowing pulse and sharp detail” (The New York Times). If you haven’t heard his own ensembles (many of which have been performing at The Gallery for years), you might have taken note of his contributions to groups led by Pat MethenyChick CoreaGary BurtonKenny Werner, and many others. (You can read an interview that we conducted with the drummer earlier this year here.)

One of Antonio’s long-time associations has been with the bassist Scott Colley, who has over the years been hand-picked for the bands of Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, and Michael Brecker. Another is with the saxophonist Miguel Zenón, a Jazz Gallery veteran whose own work has been recognized by multiple Grammy nominations and a MacArthur Award. Both Scott and Miguel appear (along with the saxophonist David Sánchez) on Antonio’s 2008 double disc, Live In New York (Sunnyside), and the three musicians have been appearing together as a trio under Antonio’s leadership since at least 2006.

This Thursday, we present Antonio, Miguel, and Scott for the first time that the trio has performed together without a designated leader. The New York Times has selected the concert as a Critics’ Pick:

There’s a lot of overlapping history betweem the Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, the American bassist Scott Colley and the Mexican drummer Antonio Sanchez. There’s also a shared commitment to dynamic fluctuation, streamlined movement and cohesive cooperation — all good signs for this leaderless new trio.

Watch this live footage of Antonio’s quartet, featuring Miguel, Scott, and David, performing “Greedy Silence” at the 2008 North Sea Jazz Festival. It provides a good reminder of what these three musicians sounded like together in the past, and of how formidable their interplay is likely to be on Thursday night.