A look inside The Jazz Gallery


Photo by Michael Weintrob

Last year, clarinetist Mike McGinnis released Road*Trip, an album that featured two suites: “Concerto for Clarinet & Combo” by Bill Smith, and McGinnis’s own “Road*Trip for Clarinet and 9 Players.” The album has garnered many accolades, receiving a 4 1/2-star rating from Downbeat and landing on the Village Voice’s Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2013.  We spoke to McGinnis last year just after the album was released; you can check out our interview here.

If you’ve never heard of Bill Smith, take a look at McGinnis’s blog, where he has written a short biography of Smith and a listening guide to Smith’s music. And if you haven’t heard Road*Trip yet, here are videos of “Concerto for Clarinet & Combo,” recorded live in-studio on WNYC’s Spinning on Air with David Garland:

Mike McGinnis’s Road*Trip performs this Friday, September 19th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The performance will feature McGinnis on clarinet, Matt Blostein on alto saxophone, Peter Hess on tenor saxophone, Barry Saunders on baritone saxophone, Jeff Hermanson on trumpet, Brian Drye on trombone, Justin Mullens on French horn, Jacob Sacks on piano, Matt Pavolka on bass, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, and Stew on vocals. $22 general admission, for $12 Members. Purchase tickets here.

Please note that sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., our new set times starting in September.