The Jazz Gallery Presents: Renée Neufville

This Saturday, August 21, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome vocalist Renée Neufville back to our stage. A true lodestar of neo-soul, Neufville’s music effortlessly floats along the jazz-R&B axis. And as founding member of Roy Hargrove’s RHFactor, Neufville has stewarded his legacy, including in this performance of her “Song for Roy,” performed with […]

Renee Neufville

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This Saturday, August 21, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome vocalist Renée Neufville back to our stage. A true lodestar of neo-soul, Neufville’s music effortlessly floats along the jazz-R&B axis. And as founding member of Roy Hargrove’s RHFactor, Neufville has stewarded his legacy, including in this performance of her “Song for Roy,” performed with The Jazz Gallery All-Starts at this summer’s Newport Jazz Festival.

For this special performance at the Gallery, Neufville will be joined by a top-flight band, including saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Keith Brown, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Willie Jones III.

Renée Neufville and Friends play The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The group features Ms. Neufville on vocals, Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Keith Brown on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.D.T. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.

The Jazz Gallery Presents: Kalia Vandever’s Memories

This Saturday, August 14, trombonist Kalia Vandever returns to The Jazz Gallery stage to present a new project entitled Memories. For this reflective project, Vandever has assembled a rich palette, featuring peers like saxophonist Morgan Guerin, pianist Paul Cornish, bassist Hannah Marks, drummer Connor Parks, and vocalist Melissa McMillan. Looking back at her last interview with Jazz […]

Kalia Vandever

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This Saturday, August 14, trombonist Kalia Vandever returns to The Jazz Gallery stage to present a new project entitled Memories. For this reflective project, Vandever has assembled a rich palette, featuring peers like saxophonist Morgan Guerin, pianist Paul Cornish, bassist Hannah Marks, drummer Connor Parks, and vocalist Melissa McMillan. Looking back at her last interview with Jazz Speaks, one can see the seeds of this project forming, particularly in her use of voice.

I feel more empowered musically and personally than a few years ago when I finished school. I’m happier and more confident in the music I’m making. I’m also really excited about the music my friends are making right now. I’m currently learning the guitar and using that as a compositional tool. I’m also trying to write songs with words, which is really difficult, but something I’ve always been interested in.

Before checking out Memories at the Gallery, take a listen to the patient and nostalgic “Calling Me Back Home,” commissioned and performed by The Westerlies:

Kalia Vandever presents Memories at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The group features Ms. Vandever on trombone, Morgan Guerin on saxophone & EWI, Melissa McMillan on voice, Paul Cornish on piano, Hannah Marks on bass, and Connor Parks on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.D.T. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $25 reserved table seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.

The Jazz Gallery Presents: Julius Rodriguez Quintet

Pianist/multi-instrumentalist Julius Rodriguez has been a regular at The Jazz Gallery since his first year at Juilliard in 2016-17. He’s worked with bassist Eric Revis in the Mentorship Series, joined drummer Kassa Overall’s sonic experiments, and presented a host of different projects. At the Gallery this Friday, August 6, Rodriguez convenes a working quintet of […]

Julius Rodriguez

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Pianist/multi-instrumentalist Julius Rodriguez has been a regular at The Jazz Gallery since his first year at Juilliard in 2016-17. He’s worked with bassist Eric Revis in the Mentorship Series, joined drummer Kassa Overall’s sonic experiments, and presented a host of different projects.

At the Gallery this Friday, August 6, Rodriguez convenes a working quintet of his talented peers—Giveton Gelin on trumpet, Morgan Guerin on sax & EWI, Philip Norris on bass, and Brian Richburg, Jr. on drums. In a previous interview with Jazz Speaks, Rodriguez spoke in depth about working with these musicians:

Giveton is great. He’s probably one of my favorite trumpet players to play with. He’s got amazing dark tones on the trumpet, and just his melodies. He’s coming out of the whole Roy [Hargrove] school.

And Phil is an incredible bass player. His technique, impeccable. And he’s very rooted in swing and just classic—well he’s a big fan of Ray Brown. I love that sound and love to have it in my music. He also knows how to—how do I put it—just do other shit. He’s always coming out with great ideas, and I love the way he sounds on my music. It’s nice to have someone who really knows their way around the bass.

And Brian is a drummer from New Orleans. New Orleans drummers are amazing. I love having that sensibility to groove at any time, but he also has that moderness to his playing.

Along with Guerin, this quintet has continued to grow and gel as a unit, even through the pandemic. Before hearing their newest music at the Gallery, take a listen to their streaming performance at Smalls from this past March.

The Julius Rodriguez Quintet plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, August 6, 2021. The group features Mr. Rodriguez on piano, Giveton Gelin on trumpet, Morgan Guerin on saxophone & EWI, Philip Norris on bass, and Brian Richburg, Jr. on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.D.T. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.

 

 

The Jazz Gallery Presents: Wayne Tucker

Trumpeter and singer Wayne Tucker is one of those irrepressible personalities. Even during this year of COVID, Tucker always found places to share his music, whether Grand Army Plaza, Central Park, or a street corner in Park Slope. As someone who’s as comfortable in the pop realm as in jazz, Tucker’s own music plays fast […]

Wayne Tucker

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Trumpeter and singer Wayne Tucker is one of those irrepressible personalities. Even during this year of COVID, Tucker always found places to share his music, whether Grand Army Plaza, Central Park, or a street corner in Park Slope. As someone who’s as comfortable in the pop realm as in jazz, Tucker’s own music plays fast and loose with style. In a previous interview with Jazz Speaks, Tucker talks about what excites him on the bandstand:

I call people whose sounds I love, and who can play in many different styles. We could play “Lonely Woman” and start in the way I’ve envisioned, but I try to play with people who want to go on a musical adventure. As a band, we have a lot of fun on stage.

This Thursday, August 5, Tucker and his band Bad Mothas return to the Gallery stage for two sets. To get a taste of what kind of adventures might go down, take a listen to their recent set at the Bronx River Art Center, below.

Wayne Tucker and the Bad Mothas play The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, August 5, 2021. The group features Mr. Tucker on trumpet and vocals, Miles Tucker on tenor sax, David Linard on piano/keyboard, Addison Frei on keyboards, Tamir Shmerling on upright & electric bass, and Diego Ramirez on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.S.T. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $25 reserved table seating ($10 for members), $20 for livestream access (FREE for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.

The Jazz Gallery Presents: Sachal Vasandani

This Friday, July 30, vocalist Sachal Vasandani returns to The Jazz Gallery with two different sets. To kick things off, Vasandani will be joined by pianist Romain Collin, as the duo present music from their new album, Midnight Shelter (Edition Records). Recorded last summer during the middle of the pandemic, the album brims with tactile intimacy, […]

Sachal Vasandani

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This Friday, July 30, vocalist Sachal Vasandani returns to The Jazz Gallery with two different sets. To kick things off, Vasandani will be joined by pianist Romain Collin, as the duo present music from their new album, Midnight Shelter (Edition Records). Recorded last summer during the middle of the pandemic, the album brims with tactile intimacy, a balm for a time of social distancing. Take a listen to Vasandani and Collin’s take on Nick Drake’s “River Man,” which makes you feel as if you and the vocalist are sitting inside Collin’s piano.

For the evening’s second set, Vasandani has assembled a true supergroup featuring a front line of trumpeter Mike Rodriguez and saxophonist Dayna Stephens, plus a crack rhythm team of Gerald Clayton, Dezron Douglas, and newly-minted NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart. This is definitely a night where it’s more than worth staying for both sets.

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, July 30, 2021. For the first set, Mr. Vasandani will be joined by Romain Collin on piano. For the second, he will be joined by Dayna Stephens on saxophone, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Gerald Clayton on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.S.T. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.