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The Jazz Gallery Fellowship

Newly installed program for mid-career artists offering financial support and 2-week compositional sabbatical to create new works!

Overview

In our years of nurturing young, emerging artists, it has come to our attention that mid-career artists often struggle to sustain the momentum of their creative output and career trajectory—in particular, those who are better known as contributing band members rather than as bandleaders in their own right. In addition to supporting young artists through programming initiatives, The Gallery seeks to address the relative scarcity of resources dedicated to mid-career artists, who often balance the professional demands of performing, touring, and teaching with additional obligations related to their families (e.g., parenting), which are less likely to affect younger or older artists.

We hope to address this gap by targeting mid-career artists with our new Fellowship program. Participants will receive a residency stipend and commissioning fee to support two composition residency weeks, as well as access to The Jazz Gallery space during off-hours throughout the season for rehearsing, additional composing, and other musical needs. The two-week composition-focused sabbatical will take place at The Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, NY, free from the everyday distractions and professional obligations that mid-career artists face in the city. Fellows will then have the opportunity to workshop their new music at the Gallery prior to their premiere performances. We believe that this opportunity will enable the fellowship recipients to develop potentially career-transforming new works that would otherwise not be possible.

In our inaugural year, we awarded Fellowships to bassist Eric Revis and drummer Johnathan Blake, both top-flight rhythm section sidemen for luminaries such as Tom Harrell and Branford Marsalis, and both fathers raising young children. For our second year of the program in 2018, we are awarding the fellowship to guitarist Lage Lund and saxophonist Jaleel Shaw. Lund and Shaw, both born in 1978, are mainstays on the jazz scene and have extensive sideman credits; they have also been patiently and deliberately establishing careers as leaders over the past decade or so. The Fellowship would afford both artists the financial support ($10,000 in artist stipend and commissioning fee) and logistical freedom (two weeks at the Pocantico Center and access to our space) to focus their time and creative energy on new compositional projects. The Jazz Gallery will present formal premieres of their completed works, and both composers have expressed interest in eventually recording, releasing, and touring in support of these projects.

With this Fellowship program, we hope to strengthen our holistic approach to supporting artists and the art form. Many grant programs, competitions, and critics’ polls highlight emerging improvisers and composers, while high-visibility cultural awards are generally reserved for much older figures in jazz. The Jazz Gallery hopes to address this gap in support for mid-career artists, who are sometimes overshadowed by their elders and junior colleagues while fitting neither the profiles of rising star nor jazz legend favored in the jazz business. By establishing this Fellowship program, the Gallery hopes also to draw attention to this deficiency, setting a precedent to inspire other organizations to devote greater resources for mid-career artists as well.

Project Media

Lage Lund Trio at musig im pflegidach, Muri
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Lage Lund Trio
Lage Lund – guitar
Matt Brewer – bass
Justin Falkner – drums

Performing “Aquanaut.” This work sample opens with a beautiful solo by Lage, in which he exhibits masterful command of the instrument as well as his unique melodic and harmonic sensibilities. At 3:00, the composed section of the piece begins. Lage’s compositions are subtle and understated, indicating the depth of his experience and artistic maturity.

Jaleel Shaw Quartet “Conclusions”
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Jaleel Shaw Quartet
Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone
Lawrence Fields – piano
Boris Kozlov – bass
Johnathan Blake – drums

This track is from Jaleel’s third album as a leader, “The Sound Track of Things to Come.” Jaleel masterfully and passionately expresses himself through his writing and the tune is a great example: his compositional and technical knowledge serves him rather than being caught up in theory and new approaches. Jaleel is a dynamic improvisor. His solo starts at 3:48.

Eric Revis Trio
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Eric Revis Trio
Eric Revis – bass
Kris Davis – piano
Andrew Cyrille – drums

Eric Revis is one of 2017 Jazz Gallery Fellows. The track “Harry Partch Laments the Dying of the Moon…And The Laughs” is from his third album as a leader.

Start and End Dates

01/01/201812/31/2018

Location

New York, New York

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New York, New York
“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…

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