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The Jazz Gallery

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“As a jazz journalist who has followed developments in New York for over thirty years, I can honestly say that jazz would not sound the way it does today had not The Jazz Gallery served as a locus for NYC’s polyglot musical community to exchange ideas and work on moving to the next step” – Ted Panken (DownBeatJazzTimesJazziz) 

The Jazz Gallery is an international cultural center where both established and emerging professional jazz artists are nurtured with opportunities to collaborate with peers, refine their creative process, and perform for eager audiences. We take pride in our world-renowned reputation as a key player in the NYC jazz community, sustaining a tradition of artistic excellence and fostering creative growth. Young artists take advantage of the Gallery as a place to workshop new material and experiment in an artist-friendly environment—something not always possible at commercial jazz venues in NYC. On the other hand, well-established leaders and legends of the contemporary jazz world also return to The Jazz Gallery to reinvigorate their creativity, prepare for a tour or recording session, and mentor younger musicians.

The Jazz Gallery was founded in 1995 by Dale Fitzgerald, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and vocalist Lezlie Harrison, who envisioned a hub and home for jazz musicians and composers who come to New York from around the world to take part in and enhance the city’s vibrant cultural scene. Winner of the 2015, 2014, and 2010 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, The Jazz Gallery has been hailed as “the most imaginatively booked jazz club in New York,”by the New York Times.

The Jazz Gallery generally is open 3 nights per week, 50 weeks per year, presenting more than 300 events to an annual audience in excess of 15,000 listeners. Our programming of live music displays the means by which jazz continues to grow and develop. We accomplish this by presenting both major contemporary figures and a younger generation of artists, many of whom transfuse varied music traditions from around the world into the heart of jazz. We celebrate the fact that jazz remains a vigorous and vital art form capable both of sustaining the innovative talents of mature musicians and capturing the imagination of young, brilliant performers and composers. We are committed to building meaningful long-term relationships with the artists who perform at our venue by providing them with the space and freedom to experiment, explore, and grow as artists. Rio Sakairi, our Artistic Director, guides The Jazz Gallery’s artistic direction and programming.

Our current offerings are divided into six primary programs: 1) Directions in 21st Century Jazz, which showcases both emerging and established artists; 2) Residency Commissions, which support the creation of new works by exciting young composers; 3) our Mentoring Program, which pairs young musicians with seasoned veterans to gain valuable creative and professional experience; 4) The Jazz Gallery Fellowship, which supports new work by mid-career artists; 5) The Jazz Composers’ Workshop, which provides a platform for emerging composers to develop and perform works for large ensemble; and 6) The Woodshed, which provides free rehearsal space to our NYC-based jazz artists.

 

Jazz Speaks, vol. 1, ed. 2: James Francies and Jason Lindner

In 2014, The Jazz Gallery began a new mentorship series that paired up-and-coming jazz artists with today’s leading players for a series of concerts throughout New York.

In this podcast, keyboardists James Francies and Jason Lindner talk about their experiences in the program, and the importance of risk-taking on the bandstand.

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Johnathan Blake Fellowship Performance: My Life Matters

A complete performance of Johnathan Blake’s project, My Life Matters, written as part of his Jazz Gallery Fellowship in 2017.

1:47 – I. LAST BREATH

16:55 – II. REQUIEM FOR DREAM SHATTERED

29:00 – III. MY LIFE MATTERS

43:35 – IV. ALWAYS THE WRONG COLOR

53:35 – V. CAN TOMORROW BE BRIGHTER?

1:09:20 – VI. WE’LL NEVER KNOW (YOU DIDN’T EVEN GET TO TRY)

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The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series: Kris Davis and David Leon

A performance from The Jazz Gallery’s 2018 Mentoring Series, featuring mentor-pianist Kris Davis, mentee-saxophonist David Leon, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Tom Rainey.

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