A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Colin Stranahan (Photo by Brian Payne)

Colin Stranahan (Photo by Brian Payne)

“Pacemaker” is an appropriate name for a band led by a drummer, the beating heart of the rhythm section. But for drummer and bandleader Colin Stranahan, the name has a deeper, more mysterious meaning. Colin’s grandfather Glen had a pacemaker, and the device seemed to posses special powers in the mind of young Colin.

Pacemaker made its Jazz Gallery debut this past winter, playing wide-ranging sets of original compositions by Stranahan and his bandmates, as well as music by the drummer Paul Motian. The group returns to our stage this Friday with a slightly reconfigured lineup. Joining Stranahan is the stalwart pianist Pete Rende, as well as bassist Matt Penman, and saxophonist Ben Wendel. Expect the group’s pensive explorations to take on new colors. 

This performance of Colin Stranahan’s Pacemaker also kicks off The Jazz Gallery’s annual Summer Pass. For just $40, you can gain admission to every set of music the Gallery presents this July and August, from Gallery debuts by the pianist Raymond Angry and the young collective Great on Paper, to performances by long-time regulars Aaron Parks, David Virelles, and Ingrid Laubrock. Check out the link above for more information.

Colin Stranahan’s Pacemaker plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, July 10th, 2015. The group features Mr. Stranahan on drums, Pete Rende on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Ben Wendel on saxophone. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for both sets. Purchase tickets here.