This Thursday, February 28, The Jazz Gallery welcomes vocalist Arta Jēkabsone back to our stage for two sets. Jēkabsone made her Gallery debut this past autumn, showcasing the developing rapport of her home-base ensemble that will return this week. Before coming to New York to study at The New School, Jēkabsone grew up in Kandava, a small town in Latvia, which fostered a distinct relationship between her art and surroundings. In a previous interview in Jazz Speaks, Jēkabsone described that idyllic setting:
[Kandava] is a small town with a lovely river called Abava. I basically spent my childhood there until I was about fifteen years old. It was peaceful there. When I was fifteen or sixteen, I started going to high school in the capital city, Riga.I would maybe travel once a month or so, depending on the stuff I had to do with school and music. Now, I go back to Kandava when I have the urge, the need for space and calmness. Kandava became the place I could go to develop and be with music and with myself, instead of doing concerts.
Before coming to the Gallery to hear Jēkabsone and her band, check out a performance from this past summer in Kandava, below.
The Arta Jēkabsone Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The group features Ms. Jēkabsone on vocals, Baden Goyo on piano, Nick Dunston on bass, and Connor Parks on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $20 reserved cabaret seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.