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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Xavier Chauvet.

Photo by Xavier Chauvet.

Pianist Shai Maestro is in the midst of a busy summer. At the end of May, Maestro was the latest musician featured in Ben Wendel’s year-long “Seasons” project. He’s already performed in France, and will be heading back at the end of the month with Avishai Cohen and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Maestro was also just signed to the Motema Music label, which will release his new album, Untold Stories.

And on top of all of this, Maestro has started a new quintet, a project he calls “Music for 5 Musicians.” The group made their debut last month at ShapeShifterLab and will grace the Gallery stage this Friday, July 17th. The group features both long-time collaborators and new additions, a rich color palette for Maestro to explore.

In the meantime, check out this video of Maestro grooving hard with Joe Sanders and Ziv Ravitz in Stockholm this past February.

Shai Maestro’s Music for 5 Musicians plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, July 17th, 2015. The group features Mr. Maestro on piano, Ben Wendel on saxophone, Charles Altura on guitar, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Nate Wood on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Free with SummerPass. Purchase tickets here.