November 18, 2012
I am still pretty new to the New York Jazz scene but the Jazz Gallery is the single most important venue/community in my life. I think this statement would ring true to many of some of the most respected jazz musicians today, both upcoming and established. This is New York, so to hear amazing music by amazing musicians is really nothing special by itself but the Gallery is something more, much more. It is a place that allows growth. Where musicians can feel free of pressure and really push themselves. I will never forget the night Walter Smith played at the gallery. It was like a scene out of a jazz history film. Everyone was there, I mean everyone. The energy from the audience alone was so crushing. This is something that you do not find every where. Musicians as well as fans are drawn to the Gallery because of the love and support that resides there. Another special night for me was the night I lead my band at the Jazz Gallery. Stepping on the stage that I watched so many amazing players play was something that touched me down to my very core. I was literally stepping into the history of that stage and all the music that had every been played and would be played was there with me. I can never repay the Gallery for what they have given me. All the music, friendships and the opportunity to play are all priceless. All I can give them is my thanks and praise. The Jazz Gallery is a shinning example of how to support the arts. It takes more than money or even a space. You have to be behind it 100%. Slow nights, long nights, difficult players and bad weather. If you stand for the music it will stand for you.So I am standing firmly behind the Jazz Gallery and I am most certainly not alone.
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