Tomoko Omura + Glenn Zaleski Quartet from Alphabet CityThursday, March 4, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 60 minutes)
The Tomoko Omura + Glenn Zaleski Quartet is an improvisational, modern jazz group, playing original compositions with touches of classical, folk, and traditional Japanese music. Featuring two in-demand NYC musicians and two top-talent Pittsburghers in a pre-recorded concert from the Alphabet City Stage!
Tomoko Omura – 5-string violin
Glenn Zaleski —piano
James Johnson III — drums
Jeff Grubbs – bass
Tomoko Omura is among today’s leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 consecutively, she was named a “Rising Star” in Downbeat magazine’s prestigious Critic’s Poll. Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, she began studying the violin at a young age with her mother, and began playing jazz music while studying at Yokohama National University. In 2004, Tomoko relocated to the United States when she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music. Her band Post-Bop Gypsies visited Alphabet City in 2018
Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists in New York City jazz. Originally from Massachusetts, Glenn has played with contemporary jazz greats likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig.His debut album, “My Ideal”, was released in March of 2015 and received critical acclaim: Downbeat Magazine named it “sublime”, Jazz Times called it, “an engaging set by a talent worth watching,” and the New York Times named the record a “strong statement,” praising its “fluent but unhurried sense of phrase”.