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.