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Kevin Hays—Bill Stewart

Kevin Hays—Bill Stewart

This Thursday, September 12th, The Jazz Gallery will host a duo performance from two exceptional musicians.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Stewart has become one of his generation’s most well-known drummers, developing his reputation working with musicians like John Scofield, Larry Goldings and Peter Bernstein.As Nate Chinen of the New York Times puts it, “…his true specialty is making a good band sound inexplicably better.”

Joining Stewart will be pianist Kevin Hays, who has drawn heavy praise from many musicians and critics. According to Brad Mehldau, “Everything he plays has a deep intelligence and swing.” Stewart and Hays are frequent collaborators, and this weekend’s performances promise to showcase their musical camaraderie.

For a preview of what’s in store, check out the following YouTube clips:

The first features Stewart and Hays performing Highway One with The Chris Potter Quartet: each takes robust solos at the 2:12 and 6:37 marks, respectively.

Next is Kevin Hays’ Trio (with bassist Doug Weiss) playing Sco More Blues, which has the funky Scofield vibe that Stewart excels on.

Bill Stewart and Kevin Hays will perform at The Jazz Gallery this Thursday, September, 12th. Sets are at 9 and 10:30 p.m. The first set is $15 general admission and $10 for Members. The second set is $10 general admission and $5 for Members. Purchase tickets here.