A look inside The Jazz Gallery

John Escreet Quartet

Clockwise from top left: John Escreet, Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Harish Raghavan. Photos courtesy of the artists.

When pianist John Escreet began his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 2006, the New York club he visited most frequently was The Jazz Gallery. “It was the venue with the most interesting music that I wanted to hear,” Escreet remembered in a 2012 interview with Jazz Speaks. It didn’t take him long to become a regular on the bandstand, joining David Binney’s band on stage in 2007, and celebrating the release of his debut album Consequences (Positone) at the Gallery the next year.

In the years since, Escreet has brought a host of projects to the Gallery stage, from his working trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey (check out a classic set from Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, below), to one-off groups featuring guests like guitarist Ben Monder, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, and saxophonist Seamus Blake.

Now a resident of Los Angeles, Escreet makes a special return to The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, August 12, convening an all-star quartet with saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Eric Harland.

The John Escreet Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The group features Mr. Escreet on piano, Chris Potter on saxophone, Harish Raghavan on bass, and Eric Harland 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), $20 for livestream access ($5 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.