A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, February 26th, the Jazz Gallery is thrilled to welcome the Charles Altura Quartet to the stage. Raised in sunny Northern California and an alumnus of Stanford University, Altura has quickly established himself as a unique voice on the electric guitar and has become a first call sideman for a luminaries such as Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tigran Hamasyan, Linda Oh, Shai Maestro, and Dayna Stephens. Altura has set himself apart from other guitarists on the scene with his legato sense of phrasing, winding and unpredictable melodic lines, and attention to texture. Far from being a stylist, Altura approaches each musical situation differently, be it his blazing jazz fusion chops he showcases with Chick Corea’s Vigil, to the electronic wah-drenched soundscapes he plasters onto Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective’s originals.

Joining Altura at the Jazz Gallery are a number of Altura’s most trusted and frequent collaborators. Altura and pianist Fabian Almazan are both coming off of a late-January tour with Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective, and recently received a Grammy nomination for their most recent work with that group on the album Breathless. Bassist Matt Brewer frequently features Altura in his own groups, and a new Brewer-led recording is due to come out this year. Finally, drummer Marcus Gilmore and Altura spent much of the last year touring the world with Chick Corea’s Vigil.

Come join us this Friday for an exciting set of music from this fiercely interactive and talented group of musicians.

The Charles Altura Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, February 25th, 2016. The group features Mr. Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano, Matt Brewer on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members), $27 for reserved cabaret seating ($17 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.