This Friday, October 1, vibraphonist Joel Ross returns to The Jazz Gallery to present his project Praise In The Midst Of The Storm. Commissioned by the Jazz Coalition during the height of the pandemic, Ross premiered this work virtually in July 2020 as part of Rise Up Brooklyn!
In a conversation with Jazz Speaks last summer, Ross talked about the project’s source material:
The stipulation for the Jazz Coalition is anything related to the pandemic, any feelings I might be experiencing about it, any type of music that might be getting me through. For me, it’s been all about keeping hope. I’m calling it Praise In The Midst Of The Storm. A lot of the music has this old gospel-type vibe, a sound I grew up with, so I’m working with that.
With trumpeter Marquis Hill as the lone holdover from the premiere’s ensemble, this deeply-felt music is sure to take on a new patina.
Joel Ross’s Praise In The Midst Of The Storm plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, October 1, 2021. The group features Mr. Ross on vibraphone, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Godwin Louis on alto saxophone, Sean Mason on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.D.T. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.