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Left to right: Miho Hazama (photo by Miho Aikawa), Chris Zuar (photo by Jeff Schneider), Erica Seguine (photo by Rudy Lu)

Left to right: Miho Hazama (photo by Miho Aikawa), Chris Zuar (photo by Jeff Schneider), Erica Seguine (photo by Rudy Lu)

This Thursday, September 25th, 2014, we present the large ensemble works of three composers: Miho Hazama, Erica Seguine, and Chris Zuar.

Miho Hazama‘s latest album, 2013’s Journey to Journey (Sunnyside), featured the likes of vibraphonist Stefon Harris and saxophonist Steve Wilson while showcasing Hazama’s original compositions, as well as a surprising arrangement of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” We welcome Miho back to our stage following her last performance with us in January, when she presented her m_unit band and sat down with us for an interview.

Erica Seguine hails from Albany, NY, and studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and William Paterson University, where she received her M.M. Seguine co-leads an 18-piece big band with saxophonist Shannon Baker, and has presented her original music at venues around the city, including the Brooklyn Tea Lounge and Somethin’ Jazz Club.

Chris Zuar‘s music has been performed by such ensembles as the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the New York/BMI Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz Band Classic. He was the 2011 winner of the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music 28 composition competition, and had his work premiered at Symphony Space. Zuar also works as a professional music copyist and engraver and has provided his services to Mike Holober, Maria Schneider, and Bob Brookmeyer.

We’re pleased to have these three diversely talented artists present their large ensemble music on our stage, and we hope that you’ll join us in hearing their musical personalities juxtaposed set by set on Thursday.

The Jazz Composers’ Showcase will feature the compositions of Miho Hazama, Erica Seguine, and Chris Zuar this Thursday, September 25th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The band will feature John O’Gallagher, Ben Kono, Jason Rigby, John Lowery, and Andrew Gutauskas on saxophones; Mark Patterson, Matt McDonald, Nick Grinder, and Max Seigel on trombone; Nathan Eklund, Matthew Jodrell, Dave Smith, and Matt Holman on trumpet; Sonia Szajnberg on vocals, Glenn Zaleski on piano, Olli Hirvonen on guitar, Aidan O’Donnell on bass, and Jeff Davis on drums. The first set is $15.00 ($10.00 for Members); the second set is $10.00 for everyone. Purchase tickets here.

Please note that sets are at 8 and 10 pm., our new set times starting in September.