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April 10: Stephen Friedman Gallery, NYC and 21C present Sam Dillon

(April 2024) —For the third iteration of their new InterPlay Series, pairing music and the visual
arts, Stephen Friedman Gallery, New York, and 21C Media Group present tenor saxophonist
Sam Dillon joined by guitarist Tony Davis for a program of music by Thelonious Monk, John
Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins along with original compositions. The musical program is inspired by
Bark, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Pam Glick that marks her first major show in New
York since 2016. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 6-7:30pm and is free with
tickets to the exhibition. The performance begins at 6:30 following a reception. For tickets, RSVP
at [email protected].

Pam Glick’s solo exhibition Bark builds upon her decades-long exploration of abstraction.
Notable for their improvisational yet rhythmic formal play, her works juxtapose a scrim of
geometric patterns with cascades of looping gestural swirls. Created as distinct series, her
paintings walk a tightrope between movement and containment, expressiveness and restraint.
They can be understood as psychological mappings of nature or depictions of heightened
emotional states. Never static, they mark the passage of time, and capture the cyclical rhythms of

Explaining his own response to Glick’s work, Dillon says:

“Pam’s exploration of rhythm, structure and the natural life cycle has visually captured what we
attempt to do as jazz musicians; there is a reflective and joyful motion in her work.”

The two previous InterPlay events at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in New York City featured a
performance by Grammy-nominated violinist Tessa Lark, inspired by Swedish artist Andreas
Eriksson; and Grammy-nominated tenor Nicholas Phan in a program inspired by British artist
Sarah Ball. A video recapping highlights of the first event can be found here.

About the artists and presenters

Native New Yorker, saxophonist, recording artist, composer and educator Sam Dillon has
established himself as one of the most in-demand musicians of his generation. Sam’s prolific
soloist and sideman work includes over 40 studio recordings, performances on a global level and
international recognition as one of the defining tenor saxophone voices today. His latest album,
co-led with Andrew Gould, entitled It Takes One To Know One, was released on Cellar Live Records
in 2022 and is streaming on all platforms. His most recent sideman recordings include Mark
Sherman’s With Freedom on Miles High Records (2023) and Chris Hajian’s A Portrait in
Melancholy (2023). Previous leader albums include Two Part Solution with Frank Basile on Cellar
Live (2020); Force Field on Posi-Tone (2019); and Out In The Open on Cellar Live (2018).

In addition to his work as a leader, Dillon’s long history with big bands includes extensive touring,
recording and performing with the Vanguard Orchestra, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Mingus Big
Band, Slide Hampton Octet, the 8-Bit Big Band, the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Birdland Big Band,
and several others.

In 2022, Dillon was awarded a Grammy Certificate for his participation in the 8-Bit Big Band’s
“Meta Knight’s Revenge” (From “Kirby Super Star”). In 2016, he was awarded an Artist Diploma
from the Juilliard School granting him his third degree in music performance after a master’s
degree and bachelor’s degree from SUNY Purchase College in 2009. In 2013, he was selected as
one of 13 semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone

Dillon is also the director of the jazz program at Usdan Summer Camp For The Arts, where he has
acted as both a teacher and administrator for the past six years. He is an endorsing artist for
Yamaha Saxophones and D’Addario Reeds.

Tony Davis is an internationally renowned guitarist, vocalist, and composer. Based in NYC, he
regularly performs at the city’s top venues, such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, and Mezzrow.
He has played at major festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival. He leads several projects,
including his Latin Jazz group, Trio Querencia; his singer-songwriter band, Cloud Nova; his
straight-ahead jazz ensemble; and a co-led duo with Brazilian vocalist Jamile. He has most
recently toured internationally, playing at Mexico City’s Zinco, Jazzatlán, Parker & Lenox, and Casa

Davis was signed by the Posi-Tone record label in 2020. He released his debut album, Golden Year,
which features an all-star lineup of today’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, such as Dezron
Douglas, Eric McPherson, and Steve Wilson. Since then, he signed with La Reserve Records for his
co-led album with vocalist Jamile, Daring Two Be, released in 2022.

Born in Albany, Georgia in 1956, Pam Glick studied Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design
in 1980, where she was a recipient of the Florence Leif Award. She received her MFA from the
University of Buffalo in 2019. Glick’s paintings were widely exhibited during the 1980s and
1990s, most notably with solo shows at White Columns (Josh Baer, Director), Wolff Gallery and
Hirschl & Adler in New York and Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. She was also included in
group exhibitions at Pat Hearn Gallery and the Drawing Center in New York. In 1981 Glick was
included in the ‘Western New York’ exhibition at Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formerly
Albright-Knox Art Gallery). More recently, Glick had a second solo exhibition at White Columns,
New York in 2016 and at the Journal Gallery, New York in 2021.

In 1995, Glick moved to Vermont to focus on her young family. During this time, her practice
predominately centered around collage and works on paper. In 2019 Glick was awarded an artist
residency at BuBu, Budapest, Hungary, culminating in an exhibition at Budapest Art Factory.
Glick’s work is included in several collections including Buffalo AKG Art Museum, New York; The
Broad, Los Angeles, California; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York; the Eli & Edythe
Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, California; Deutsche Bank, New York; and Citi Bank, New York.

Stephen Friedman Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that was founded in 1995 with a focus
on representing exceptional artists and artist estates from around the world. Since its
inauguration, the gallery has been based in Mayfair, London. In November 2023, the gallery
opened an outpost at 54 Franklin Street in Tribeca, New York.

The gallery represents almost forty artists with areas of interest that include conceptual and
South American art, and abstraction, minimalism and figuration in painting, sculpture, video and
installation. Its international program has overseen the rise of multiple high-profile artists,
including Mamma Andersson, Leilah Babirye, Andreas Eriksson, Tom Friedman, Kendell Geers,
Hulda Guzmán, Jim Hodges, Rivane Neuenschwander, David Shrigley, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA,
Kehinde Wiley and Luiz Zerbini, amongst others. The gallery recently announced representation
of Sky Glabush, Pam Glick, Woody De Othello, Yooyun Yang, and Clare Woods. Also working
directly with estates, including those of Manuel Espinosa and Jiro Takamatsu, the gallery
enhances its focus on contemporary art with historical presentations of twentieth-century

Based in New York City, 21C Media Group – hailed as a “cutting edge agency” by the New York
Times – specializes in publicity, advocacy, imaging, and consulting in music, culture, and the
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and artist management, the 21C team offers a broad range of expertise in digital media, creative
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traditional to the new – 21C ensures that clients thrive in today’s ever-changing media landscape.

21C boasts a top-flight global client roster that encompasses leading performing artists and
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21C relies not only on its own dedicated team but also on its place and standing in the cultural
community. Underpinning the company’s success is a network of strong relationships, built over
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Stephen Friedman Gallery Hours/Dates

Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

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