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Nasheet Waits, Chip Shelton, Eddie Gale remake, ‘Jazz Meets Sports’

Ron Scott | 2/27/2014, 9:17 p.m.

Gale is a talented trumpeter who has yet to get his just desserts. He has a crisp sound that can stretch to a hard swing and a soulful mute sound that takes ballads to a higher ground. After one spin, listeners will wonder why Gale was not on their jazz radar. The nine tracks will have you returning for more.

Early on, Gale studied trumpet with Kenny Durham. During the early 1960 and 1970s, while still living in New York City, he recorded and toured with Sun Ra. “Playing with Sun Ra was a great experience. He inspired you to play ideas on your instrument that you never imagine,” stated Gale. “His music sparked ideas that one does not find in exercise books.”

Gale, who plays in the free jazz and straight-ahead, has recorded with Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane, Illinois Jacquet and Jackie McLean.

Gale’s CD and vinyl recordings can be purchased at CityHallRecords.com and on iTunes.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) will present “Jazz Meets Sports,” connecting jazz artistry and athletic performance, created by artistic advisor and bassist Christian McBride. This program will take place on March 2 at 7 p.m. in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater in Newark, N.J.

McBride will perform with his trio, featuring pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., with baseball great guitarist Bernie Williams. McBride will also moderate a conversation featuring Williams and NBA icon and jazz lover Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Joining the bassist as a co-host of this “Jazz Meets Sports” conversation is CBS sportscaster Lesley Visser, the first and only woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I wanted to find a way to combine my two passions in life. A lot of people aren’t quite sure how the two relate, but the fact is, when you have a group coming together trying to make something happen, it’s all about teamwork,” said McBride. “It’s all about trusting one another. It’s all about telepathy.”

  • Tickets may be purchased by telephone at 888-466-5722, at the NJPAC box office at One Center Street in downtown Newark or online at www.njpac.org.