Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Luna Itzel has one of the most beautiful and expressive voices on Mexico’s contemporary music scene. Her 14-year career and seven CDs have established her as a truly original interpreter of many of Mexico’s deep musical traditions, blending these with the music of her own heart. Since 2007 she has been performing for American audiences to resounding critical and popular acclaim. Luna continues to excite and enchant her fans, new and old with her gorgeous voice, fresh interpretative qualities, and her capacity to bring heart and soul to bear on every performance! Luna will be joined by guitarist Helder Ruelas.
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Boom Tic Boom w Allison Miller - Myra Melford - Todd Sickafoose - Kirk Knuffke - Jenny Scheinman
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Boom Tic Boom
Allison Miller - Drums
Myra Melford - Piano
Todd Sickafoose - Bass
Kirk Knuffke - Cornet
Jenny Scheinman - Violin
“Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which is great because she is such an open-hearted, humble, graceful person.” – Ani DiFranco
"The superb drumming of relative newcomer Allison Miller revealed that high-quality talent continues to flow into the jazz mainstream" - Don Heckman, LA Times
Allison is currently celebrating her latest release No Morphine No Lilies (The Royal Potato Family.) The album has been met with critical acclaim and features her band Boom Tic Boom.
“No Morphine No Lilies is by turns a dazzling, delightful, and challenging exercise led by not only one of the finest drummers on the scene, but also one of the most innovative compositional voices.” – Tom Jurek, All Music
NYC-based drummer and composer Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Coming from the Jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Allison has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummer” in Downbeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll.
In 2010 Allison’s debut BTB release was voted “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010” by the LA Times and her 2012 “Live at Willisau” double-vinyl release was chosen as an Editor’s pick for Downbeat Magazine. BTB made NPR’s 2012 “Top 5 Bands to Discover” list at NYC’s renowned Winter Jazz Fest and is featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series with Bob Boilen, “JazzSet” with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and “The Checkout: Live” with Josh Jackson.
Boom Tic Boom is also appearing at The Outpost in Albuquerque on Oct 9th, 2014 at 7:30. http://www.outpostspace.org/
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet - Gary Versace - Mark Helias - Nashee
7:30 PM - GiG Special Event!!
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Jazz Times magazine says Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops" and calls his music "as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets.” Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. But after taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded seven albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical. Jazz Times named This Against That's debut outing one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and in 2010, Alessi released “Cognitive Dissonance” which received a 4 star review from Downbeat magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011. In 2013, Ralph will release two records, a quartet recording on ECM records featuring Jason Moran and a duo record on CAMJazz with Fred Hersch.
Featuring some of the most in-demand creative voices on the international jazz scene the Baida Quartet is an absolute must see event at GiG this fall!
The Baida Quartet is also appearing in Albuquerque at The Outpost on Oct.30th.