A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Abishek Mangla.

This Friday, September 20, The Jazz Gallery welcomes pianist Paul Cornish back to our stage for two sets. A native of Houston, Texas and an alumnus of its famed High School for the Visual & Performing Arts, Cornish is currently based in Los Angeles, studying at UCLA’s Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. Back in the summer of 2016, Cornish participated in The Jazz Gallery’s Mentoring Series, holding his own on guitarist Miles Okazaki’s fiendish and slippery music from the album Trickster.

In addition to his studies at the Hancock Institute, Cornish has become a conspicuous presence in the Los Angeles scene, playing surreal and ecstatic funk with Thumpasaurus, and backing up acclaimed artists like saxophonist David Binney.

For his performance at The Jazz Gallery, Cornish has assembled an ensemble featuring a pair of colleagues from the Hancock Institute—bassist Emma Dayhuff and harmonica player Roni Eytan—and a pair of New York peers—saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and drummer Kweku Sumbry. Don’t miss this rare New York appearance from a young talent to watch.