Jazz Gallery is home to many veterans as well as up-and-comers in the jazz world. To me it exemplifies music for music's sake! It is innovative in its programming. Jazz Gallery is vital to have a place where musicians can experiment and feel free to do so. I feel grateful that I am amongst the community of listeners and appreciators of the music. I personally recommend Jazz Gallery as a venue to anyone who wants to hear the same quality music as a Village Vanguard or Blue Note, but who doesn't want to spend $60/ set. Jazz Gallery is affordable and the experience of hearing such great music in an intimate space should be a destination for anybody who loves jazz!
The Jazz Gallery is the most non-pretentious Jazz venue in New York. It has nurtured my abilities to create new works of art in my drawings that I do while musicians are in performance. In some ways, I would not have such a close connection with art and music were it not for Jazz Gallery. Sure I can make art on any subject and I can listen to music at home. But Jazz Gallery is about opportunities to listen to great music as it is taking shape with importance placed on the musicians development. In this way, I have become a better artist and a better appreciator of this great form and ever-changing music.
As the musician I have had the opportunity to present me in in Jazz Gallery. The personnel offers clear information about the programmatic and logistic aspects of the contracting. The space promotes an open, diverse cultural dynamics to all the musical styles with great level.
As the guitarist, arranger, singer and composer of the duet Gema and Pavel I have had the opportunity to promote the concept of the Afro-Cuban music in NY through my presentations in the Jazz Gallery. They provided a cultural scene without parallels in that city. Is a supportive, welcoming, and comfortable environment with the professionals of the music and its followers.
Of course living in New York, it's easy to get spoiled by all the great clubs and music venues. That said, Jazz Gallery stands out as an unique atmosphere, where the jazz lover can enjoy world class musicians, in an intimate setting, in which artists are invited to explore and experiment beyond what they might be able to do in other venues...
Because the Jazz Gallery survives not solely on ticket sales, the space is able to and has become famous for providing fertile ground in which new projects, concepts, and modes of expression within the jazz idiom can take root and be shared.
I'm proud to have performed on the stage, and am always fulfilled and delighted when I have the privilege of attending one of their always outstanding concerts. Certainly unique in it's field, (in fact in the U.S. there are VERY few venues operating at such a successful and publicly accesibe level)
The Jazz Gallery deserves 10 stars in my opinion
The Gallery has become a laboratory over the last decade, nurturing new ideas and offering a forum for their implementation. Improvised music is one of the most fascinating arts around, and the process of presenting jazz in a non commercial manner has given the Gallery a unique persona. Plus, the sense of community the space has created has widened the pool of participants. There are a number of aesthetic slants at play during their annual calendar, and brings together a disparate cross section of artistic sensibilities.
Like many other jazz musicians coming up in the NYC jazz scene, the Jazz Gallery gave me my first opportunity to lead a band a NY jazz venue. Their mission, which is to support the future of jazz, is so very important to not only the jazz community, but to the arts community as a whole. When you go to see shows at the Jazz Gallery, its just you and the musicians. Its so much more than just a music venue, its a community center thats open to anyone. Places like this are so necessary in the often-pretentious music scene. By supporting the Jazz Gallery you are investing in the future.
I love Jazz, and I generally don't enjoy Jazz clubs. The typical combination of cave-like ambiance and mandatory drinks is irritating. The Jazz gallery offers a great mix of emerging and established artists, in a simple, pleasant environment that lets the audience focus on the music. More clubs should be like this.
The Jazz Gallery is a historic space devoted solely to creative freedom and innovation in music. Many years from now, when we're long gone, future generations will be able to track the break-throughs in jazz and many other art forms to places like the Jazz Gallery. Musicians and music-lovers alike need and deserve a place to explore and expand the art and of course, to enjoy music without the pressure to purchase and consume, or draw a crowd.
The atmosphere is respective and professional, clean and humble. There are no frills and no extra gimmicks, just great music by the brightest and brilliant artists.
P.S. its a great date spot.
Celebrated my 50th Birthday with wonderful people. The music and atmosphere was inviting and relaxed. The next time that I am in New York, The Jazz Gallery will definitely be one of my destinations. Thank you all for sharing a special day.
My husband and I have been going to the Jazz Gallery for years and became members a couple of years ago. In addition to offering a nurturing environment for artists, the JG provides a sense of community for listeners who love jazz and who rely on live performance for restoration of the spirit and senses. It's intimate, welcoming, free of distraction and attracts interesting people across the spectrum of age, class, race and culture. The entry price is affordable enough to warrant frequent visits and members enjoy additional benefits, including an annual holiday party. The JG is a rare GEM and a tremendous asset to NYC.