THE JAZZ GALLERY

Rating: 4.96 stars   156 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1160 Broadway, 5th Floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: The Jazz Gallery provides an international cultural center which traces and promotes current developments in jazz. The Gallery’s primary focus is on the youngest generation of professional jazz musicians, whom we nurture by giving them an audience for their performances and a stage upon which to assemble their bands. The Gallery also encourages established musicians to present new projects and collaborate in performances with emerging artists. In addition to very high quality live jazz music, the Gallery presents and exhibits visual arts, theater and poetry inspired by jazz.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is an extremely important venue for young emerging artist on the NYC jazz scene. They have provided a performance space for 20 years where musicians can create and develop there craft. Not only have they been responsible for giving a start to many world renown musicians and artist, they are a key component to the evolution of this music and keeping it alive. There strong since of community and helping one another makes no other venue like this. I'm happy to call The Jazz Gallery family. Please support this venue not just for NYC but for the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Iv'e known about the Gallery from way before I moved to NY. It has this aura of a place that functions as a growing nest for young musicians that gradually become the leading force of the NY jazz scene as well as bringing some of the most incredible veteran musicians to share their talent with a very attentive, loyal and hungry for music audience.

It is one of those places that has this magic about them that's hard to explain, but everyone feels it and knows it.

Please support it as much as you can. This place is important for this music..

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been to The Jazz Gallery as both a performer and an audience member and I can say with confidence that this is one of the best venues in NYC. The staff and management are friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is one always primed for high quality music. It's no wonder that the Jazz Gallery always features the most in demand professionals from a wide array of musical backgrounds. I would recommend the gallery to anyone looking to see fantastic music in a comfortable and intimate setting.

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The Jazz Gallery has, for almost 20 years, provided a world class performance venue for cutting edge jazz in a city known for such music but, ironically, painfully lacking in venues of this kind. Through it's commissioning of new music, community building, and general support of jazz, the Jazz Gallery leads by example in the jazz capitol of the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is one of a kind. There is no other place that is as inviting to a wider diversity of musicians, performers and audiences in New York as the Jazz Gallery. I can't imagine a creative and thriving musical environment in the city without this wonderful venue. The impact of the Jazz Gallery ripples outward into the rest of the world by nurturing young, budding artists in their home in New York- providing them with a stage where they can hone in on their craft but more importantly, take risks and expand their minds. These musicians use the Jazz Gallery as a nest where they learn lessons about their art. We as musicians benefit from having such a place that we always go back to to grow and continue to hold dear in our hearts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is one of the most prestigious institutions that is committed to promoting young talent as well as established musicians .
Through its Residency / Commission Series I had the opportunity to write a Suite based on the music that surrounded me in my childhood in a poor neighborhood in my hometown, Santiago de Cuba.
The music was written during a one-week residency and was released on a two-night premiere for a wonderful audience thanks to the promotional work done by members of the staff.
I am eternally grateful for this wonderful opportunity and the effort made by each of the staff members.
This organization is key to the development of jazz and the growth of young artists, a laboratory of ideas, a fundamental space for artists as well as a global beacon for the global jazz community .

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is one of NYC's most vital creative components. For many years the institution has been instrumental in putting on some of the most forward thinking and innovative music. Besides being a world-class venue, it is a hub for creativity and fosters a community by means of residency commissions, mentoring programs, clinics and much more. I've benefitted greatly from all that the Jazz Gallery offers and hope to do so for years to come.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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The Jazz Gallery is one of the most important breeding grounds for improvised music worldwide. Their programming is audacious and varied. Most importantly, it is an established venue in New York City that is not afraid to take chances by giving younger musicians the opportunity to lead a band. This is an incredibly rare feat. Having been able to perform at the Jazz Gallery has been of invaluable importance to me as a musician.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is a special organization. Not only have I been inspired by the many concerts I've attended over the past seven years, I've had the opportunity to develop and to present my music in this amazingly welcoming venue, which has nourished my career as a performer and composer in many ways. Most recently, I was very fortunate to be selected to participate in the Jazz Gallery Residency/Commission Series for 2014. During the month of April, the Jazz Gallery was my workshop where I composed and rehearsed the music for my project entitled, Capturing Sunlight, a musical tribute to one of my great mentors, world-renowned visual artist, Preston Jackson. This project also features a short documentary, which was created by Diana Quinones Rivera, and lyrics created by Brianna Thomas. We presented this work in May at the Jazz Gallery to a wonderfully receptive audience. I am so happy with how this piece came together and will forever be grateful to everyone at the Jazz Gallery for providing me with the opportunity to create this work. So much can be accomplished if we are willing to work hard and if we are provided an opportunity. The Jazz Gallery is providing many opportunities to many up-and-coming artists, as well as presenting the music of some of the greatest performers and composers in the world. This organization is vital to the development of our immediate arts community here in NYC, as well as having a great impact on contemporary improvisational music around the world.

Thanks,
Greg Ward

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is home to some of the most creative and forward thinking music in NYC. It is an incredible home for emerging artists and is vital to the jazz and instrumental scene within this community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jazz Gallery is an essential organization for the NYC jazz scene and a standard bearer for the world to look to when it comes to showcasing innovation and progress in composition, improvisation, and performance from the artists they present.

They provide an invaluable service through presenting artists both new and established in an environment that fosters creativity and integrity.

As a first time bandleader, The Jazz Gallery walked me through all the necessary steps to get the most out of my performance both from a musical and professional standpoint. Their guidance and help were invaluable in making my performance a success and helped my project gain greater visibility.

Thank you!

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