A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Bart Babinski, courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome pianist Aaron Parks back to our stage with a new quintet lineup. While Parks is well-known for his exquisite lyricism, he is always looking to cast his sound into new contexts, whether with his rock-oriented group Little/Big, or his probing trio with bassist Ben Street and drummer Billy Hart, who released Find the Way on ECM Records last year.

Parks has also been invested in playing with and mentoring the newest crop of talent emerging on the New York scene. In an interview with JazzTimes last fall, Parks rattled off the names of those he’s been checking out and playing with: “Immanuel Wilkins, the alto player; [saxophonist] Maria Grand as well. Daryl Johns, the bass player—Daryl’s scary, man! How’s he so good? Micah Thomas is scary good on the piano. And so is James Francies, who’s my roommate. And I just love Joel [Ross], as everyone does, and as everyone will come to once they know him. The young generation right now, man! It’s kicking my ass. I’m loving it.”

For his Gallery show, Parks has assembled a quintet featuring some of these young players—Joel Ross and Maria Grand—alongside top-call veterans John Hébert on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Don’t miss this exciting band put their distinctive spin on Parks’s original compositions.

The Aaron Parks Quintet plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, May 4, 2018. The group features Mr. Parks on piano, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Maria Grand on tenor saxophone, John Hébert on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.