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Sunday, May 11th, 2014



GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

This evening celebrates the release of Leni Stern's 20th album, Jellel.  The Leni Stern African Trio traces the path of jazz and rides its groove back to the source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni Stern has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured soloist with the acclaimed Acoustic Africa tour.  Her ensemble features master Senegalese musicians Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye. 

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Austin Piazzolla Quintet


GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St
Price: $20

Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences in Austin, Texas and beyond since 2009.  Founded by violinist James Anderson, Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the intense and passionate music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.  APQ continues the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original compositions. Featuring some of the finest talent on the renown Austin music scene, APQ has been hailed by critics as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," "sublime," and "taking profound steps in Nuevo Tango evolution."

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey


GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St
Price: $20


Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are celebrating the release of their first recording entitled “And Other Desert Towns” (Relative Pitch Records) by touring the States. The duo’s music draws on the several years and many projects they have shared since they began working together. Their experiences of playing original compositions, free improvisations and even standard songs inform this intimate setting of improvised duets. 


“Two musicians each with intimate understanding about their counterpart’s abilities, tendencies and artistic vision delve fearlessly into each other. Then over the course of the encounter, we see the results unfold; forays and feints, clashes and parries, trust and surrender. Finally we have available a recording of a rewarding duo, pairing saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey.” Francis Bradley Jazz right Now


Ingrid Laubrock - soprano, alto and tenor saxophone

Originally from Germany, Ingrid lived in London, UK from 1989-2008 and is now residing  in Brooklyn. She has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, Hamid Drake, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halverson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Veryan Weston, Luc Ex, Django Bates, The Continuum Ensemble and others.


Tom Rainey - drums

 Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 has performed and recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nems Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O’Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Ken Werner, and Denny Zeitlin. Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his new quintet Obbligato. Tom also continues working with many of the aforementioned artists. 

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