It’s a truism that jazz is a music defined by the spontaneous interactions between performer and listener. So during the COVID-19 pandemic, jazz musicians have used every last bit of guile to keep the music flowing over wires and screens. One of the earliest and most memorable COVID jazz events were the performances by harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas, streamed from their East Harlem apartment:
They eventually gathered their favorite tracks—a mix of originals as well as pieces by Pharaoh Sanders, Kate Bush, and others—into an album, Force Majeure.
Outside the home, Douglas has stayed active doing livestreams at Smalls and Bar Bayeux, working with elder statesmen like Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Lewis, as well as his home-base quartet. This Thursday, Douglas will play live and in person at The Jazz Gallery with this quartet, joined by saxophonist Emilio Modeste, pianist George Burton, and drummer Joe Dyson (the show will be livestreamed as well). Before coming out to the Gallery to be a part of the spontaneous music-making, check out the quartet’s performance of “Atalaya,” below.
The Dezron Douglas Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The group features Mr. Douglas on bass, Emilio Modeste on saxophone, George Burton on piano, and Joe Dyson on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. EST. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. $20 to watch each livestream set ($5 for members). Purchase tickets here.