Pianist and composer James Carney is one of those musicians who’s very hard to pigeonhole. He’s interested in novel formal structures and collective improvisation, but also has a keen ear for texture and lyricism. He typically plays with improvisers from across the stylistic spectrum, and the membership of his new sextet is tellingly diverse.
Having performed for the first time this past autumn, the James Carney sextet is a group with a bright future in store. The group is made up of both players more associated the modern jazz mainstream—saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Dezron Douglas—and with musical communities more left of center—trumpeter Stephanie Richards, multi-reedist Oscar Noriega, and drummer Tom Rainey. Carney acts as the glue between the varied musical spaces of his bandmates, channeling their musicianship through his strong compositions to make a cohesive whole.
The Jazz Gallery is pleased to present Mr. Carney and his sextet on our stage this Thursday, February 18th. Don’t miss this exciting meeting of varied musical minds.
The James Carney Sextet plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, February 18th, 2016. The group features Mr. Carney on piano & compositions, Stephanie Richards on trumpet, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and sopranino saxophone, Oscar Noriega on woodwinds, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Tom Rainey on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.