Originally published in Compass, August 21, 2014
Stonington gallery hosts jazz concerts
As part of the Jazz at the gWatson Gallery series, the gallery is presenting Greg Osby and Dan Tepfer in a concert of saxophone and piano duos on Saturday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m. Vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson will perform at the gallery on Friday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Osby and Tepfer have performed together in New York City, but this is the first time they have performed together as a duo. Each has recently returned from separate performances in Europe, a press release notes.
Osby, a native of St. Louis, has been a highly regarded participant in the New York jazz community since 1983. Prior to coming to New York, he attended Howard University and the Berklee College of Music. He has recorded 15 CDs on the Blue Note Label and started his own label in 2008. Osby tours frequently in Europe and throughout the United States. He is widely known as an inventive composer and as a mentor to young musicians.
Tepfer, born in Paris, France, has a degree in astrophysics and a music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. While living in Paris, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Known primarily as a jazz musician, he recorded a highly acclaimed solo recording titled Goldberg Variations/Variations in which he performs Bach’s original variations while adding his own improvised variations between each. He performed this program at gWatson Gallery in 2012. He is a regular duo partner with Lee Konitz .
Allyson has recorded 14 CD albums and has received four Grammy nominations. She tours throughout the world, performing on concert stages and in elite jazz clubs.
The Wall Street Journal wrote of Allyson, “No matter what she performs, Ms. Allyson is one of the most grounded singers working today. Whether the idiom is hard bop (“The Turnaround”), Brazilian bossa nova, or classically inflected pop (“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”) she approaches it head-on, with a clear-eyed awareness of the stylistic balance she wants to strike.” The New York Times called Allyson one of the jazz world’s finest, observing that she displays utter musical fearlessness.