Sittin’ In introduces audiences to new cutting-edge artists. It defies genre, often drawing from everything from straight-ahead jazz to freestyle hip hop and all points in between. There’s an unpredictability to the night, which we enthusiastically embrace! Sometimes you’ll experience a finely tuned set and sometimes you can catch a totally improvised show by seven people who have never played together. The awesome creativity, excitement, and quality always shine through in The Kimmel Center’s informal club-like setting, featuring early warm-up sets by some of the hottest DJs around. And, it’s free!
Be our guest. Come by sometime and see who is Sittin’ In.
This Sittin' In event is presented in conjunction with The Jazz Gallery, NYC.
ABOUT THE JAZZ GALLERY MENTORING SERIES
Mentorship has always been a key theme in jazz history. Most of today's great jazz musicians were raised through informal channels and gained invaluable experience working alongside their heroes. Future generations of great jazz will depend on the continuation of this community-minded mentoring tradition that is, unfortunately, becoming less common as jazz education has become more formalized in conservatory and university settings.
The Jazz Gallery developed its Mentorship Program to cultivate a group of senior-level jazz musicians as mentors and to provide aspiring musicians with the opportunity to learn the music and business of jazz under the guidance of their contemporary heroes.
The Jazz Gallery will sponsor three mentors—Orrin Evans (piano), Steve Lehman (saxophone), Yosvany Terry (saxophone)—who will each work with a young musician from September to December 2017. Three young musicians will have the opportunity to learn by preparing for and performing in 4 concerts that are booked as a mini-tour, which will provide mentees with the opportunity to deepen their creative practice and performance skills. This will also teach mentees more practical skills of being working artists—skills set that are not taught in conservatory classrooms.
Mentors, along with their regular collaborators, will work with their mentees to prepare the young artists for four professional performances that will be presented at The Jazz Gallery and our partnering presenters in the NY, CT, and PA area . Mentees are thrown into unknown and high-level musical situations surrounded by senior-level artists. With guidance from their mentors, mentees will develop not only their musicianship, but also learn about managing their career in music and about professional conduct.
About Daryl Johns:
Daryl Johns is an upright bassist from Englewood, Nj. His biggest influences on the instrument include Eddie Gomez, Ron Carter, larry Grenadier, and Charlie Haden. Daryl has performed with many jazz greats including Wallace Roney, Greg Osby, Mike Clark, Philip Dizack, Sam Harris, Will Calhoun, Aaron Parks, among others. Daryl also writes and records alternative rock music under the alias Sweet Joseph.
About Yosvany Terry:
Born in Cuba, the musician-composer-educatorincorporates American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce performances and compositions that flow from the rhythmic and hard-driving avant-garde to sweet-sounding lyricism. He brings his inimitable style to stages all over the world, performing regularly with the Yosvany Terry Quartet and Yosvany Terry & Afro-Cuban Roots: Ye-dé-gbé, as well as with the Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet and Eddie Palmieri and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. Yosvany has also worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Chick Corea, Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Chucho Valdes, Silvio Rodriguez, Branford Marsalis, Angelique Kidjo, Rufus Reid, Paquito de Rivera, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Avishai Cohen, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cassandra Wilson, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Fred Hersh, Jason Moran, Vijey Iyers, Wycliffe Gordon, George Cables, Baptiste Trotignon, Dafnis Prieto, Taj Mahal, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Murray, Joe Lovano, and Paul Simon.
Previously at Sittin' In
The Kimmel Center gratefully acknowledges Coca-Cola for their generous support of Sittin’ In