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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

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Hailing from Newark, New Jersey, Tyshawn Sorey is a leading thinker, composer, and multi-instrumentalist in contemporary improvised music. As a drummer, he may be best known for his collaborations with Vijay Iyer (Fieldwork), Steve Lehman (Steve Lehman Octet), Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock (Paradoxical Frog), and Steve Coleman, but he is also critically acclaimed for his work on piano, trombone, and percussion.

In addition to his contributions as a performer, composer, and improvisor, Tyshawn is a scholar: he is currently a Faculty Fellow in Columbia University’s Doctor of Musical Arts program, studying with George Lewis, and has received degrees from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Alvin Lucier, and William Paterson University.

This weekend, Tyshawn will perform back-to-back: first on Friday with Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, and then on Saturday night with his trio, which features Cory Smythe on piano and Chris Tordini on bass. This is the trio’s first performance in two years, according to Tyshawn’s website, and will feature older compositions alongside new ones. We hope that you’ll join us this weekend to hear one of today’s most in-demand improvisors collaboratively negotiate the sonic unknown in an intimate trio setting.

Tyshawn Sorey Trio performs at The Jazz Gallery this Saturday, April 5th. The trio features Sorey on drums, Cory Smythe on piano, and Chris Tordini on bass. Sets are at 9 and 11 p.m., $22 general admission ($10 for Members). Purchase tickets here.