My Nonprofit Reviews
Brian M. Bacchus
Review for The Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, USA
I am a freelance music producer and have held various A&R positions at most of the major labels over the years so there aren't many venues in New York City, commercial or non-profit, that I haven't experienced. The Jazz Gallery not only is the most important venue in New York City for presenting important music that is not presented anywhere else in town, but they also serve as an advanced educational outlet giving iconic artists such as Steve Coleman and Henry Threadgill a platform to interact with students and open minds in a laboratory setting. Besides their steadfast dedication to up and coming musicians and artists with groundbreaking ideas, they are able to deliver to the public an intimate setting without all the commercial distractions, and one that is welcoming, comfortable with wonderful lighting and sound. On top of the top flight curating of music, they also function as a wonderful visual arts space that has had some of the most striking displays by visual artists whose work intersects with the world of sound.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the vitality of the music and musicians that has been sustained through their diligent work. There would be an astounding amount of work that would not be heard if not for this institution. The Jazz Gallery is one of my first calls to experience music in NYC. And when I want to know about what new artists have hit town I look to The Jazz Gallery to point me in the right direction, in fact their staff and organization is one of my most precious resources for information on new works and new artists.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
expand the organization to another physical site so that we'd have even more diversity in the city. I might also hire a web marketing person to increase their visibility by not only expanding their audience, but by maxing out their exposure to their core client base.