A look inside The Jazz Gallery

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This week, The Jazz Gallery kicks off the next edition of its Mentorship Series with saxophonist Yosvany Terry mentoring bassist Daryl Johns. For nearly two decades, Terry has been at the forefront of progressive Afro-Cuban jazz in New York. Whether leading his own groups, or playing alongside his talented fellow countrymen like Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dafnis Prieto, and Manuel Valera, to name a few. In 2015, Terry was named Director of Jazz Ensembles at Harvard, where he has mentored many talented young musicians and programmed exciting collaborations, including recent concerts with Jeff “Tain” Watts. In the video below, watch Terry talk about improvisation and the shekere—an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument—with fellow Harvard professor Vijay Iyer.

Daryl Johns has been making waves in the New York jazz community for several years, belying his age. He was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition at the age of 13, and since then, has played with both talented peers and elder statesmen. Check out his musicianship and poise playing knotty, risk-taking music with the Kassa Overall trio this past summer, below the fold.

The Jazz Gallery Mentorship Series, Vol. 4, Ed. 3, with Yosvany Terry and Daryl Johns, kicks off this week with performances at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 15th, and at The Jazz Museum in Harlem on Thursday, November 16th. For more information, visit