In a recent interview with KXCL Radio in Missouri, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson noted how busy 2016 had been, filled with residencies across the country with Steve Coleman and Five Elements, as well as the release of his second album with his band Sicilian Defense, Moving Still (Pi Recordings). 2017 hasn’t been a let-up either—over the next few months, Finlayson will play at the Village Vanguard twice (with Coleman and Mary Halvorson), travel to Europe with Coleman and guitarist Liberty Ellman’s group, and premiere new music by Henry Threadgill at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
But before Finalyson begins his summer of heavy touring, we at The Jazz Gallery are once again proud to welcome him and Sicilian Defense back to our stage, this Friday, May 5th. Featuring Miles Okazaki on guitar, Matt Mitchell on piano, John Hébert on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums, this fleet-footed and endlessly-adaptable group has only grown tighter over the several years it has played together. Check out the tracks from their recent album below, but know full well that this only scratches the surface of what this top-flight ensemble can do in the moment.
Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense play The Jazz Gallery on Friday, May 5th, 2017. The group features Mr. Finlayson on trumpet, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Matt Mitchell on piano, John Hébert on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.