Jason Palmer New York Times

JASON PALMER at the InterContinental New York Barclay (May 23-24, 7 p.m.). A coolly exploratory trumpeter, with a great sensitivity across the full range of his horn, Palmer here takes charge of an all-star ensemble featuring the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, the vibraphonist Joel Ross, the bassist Edward Perez and the drummer Kendrick Scott. The plan is that these shows on Thursday and Friday, presented in the InterContinental’s Presidential Suite with hors d’oeuvres served throughout, will be made into a live album; it will be Palmer’s second funded by Giant Step Arts, a new nonprofit organization that makes quality live recordings of contemporary jazz. The resplendent suite will provide a fitting backdrop to a performance of Palmer’s latest original music, inspired by the notorious robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which was once a ritzy private home. 
212-906-3143, intercontinentalnybarclay.com

Eric Alexander "Leap of Faith" release

Tenor saxophone master Eric Alexander takes a Leap of Faith into new territory with adventurous chordless trio featuring Doug Weiss and Johnathan Blake

Alexander’s new album, available May 17, 2019, is the third release from Jimmy Katz’s Giant Step Arts, a groundbreaking, artist-focused non-profit with a single mission: to help modern jazz innovators create their art free of commercial pressure

“[Eric Alexander] is invariably eloquent and persuasive, reinforcing his stature as one of the jazz world's most astute and accomplished tenor saxophonists.” – Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“A lot of magic and beauty can come out of the freedom to explore that Jimmy [Katz and Giant Step Arts] granted us. I think the reason the music sounds the way that it does is because there was so much trust and freedom.” – Johnathan Blake, drummer and Giant Step Arts recording artist

Johnathan Blake "Trion" release

Drummer Johnathan Blake to release Trion, an exhilarating chordless trio outing captured live with fellow modern jazz greats Chris Potter and Linda May Han Oh 

Blake’s double album available April 5, 2019, is the second release from Jimmy Katz’s Giant Step Arts, a groundbreaking, artist-focused non-profit with a single mission: 

to help modern jazz innovators create their art free of commercial pressure



 

Jason Palmer "Rhyme and Reason" release

Jason Palmer "Rhyme and Reason" release

Rhyme and Reason the remarkable new quartet album from the brilliant trumpeter Jason Palmer, available March 1, 2019

featuring Mark Turner, Matt Brewer and Kendrick Scott

Palmer’s double album is the first through Jimmy Katz’s Giant Step Arts,  a groundbreaking, artist-focused non-profit with a single mission: to help modern jazz innovators create their art free of commercial pressure

An ambitious young leader… Palmer is possessed of a delicate touch on the horn, tossing passing notes like skipping a stone.” – John Corbett, DownBeat