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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture

Mission: The Jazz Gallery is America’s premier performance venue for emerging international artists who challenge convention, take creative risks and lead their field as performers, composers and thinkers. Through residencies, workshops and exhibitions, we provide a platform for artists to discover their unique voice and a home for established musicians to continue to experiment and grow. At The Jazz Gallery, artists and audiences come together from around the world to explore new creative ideas, collaborate and celebrate jazz as a dynamic art form that reflects our ever-changing world.

Programs: Exhibit, promote, encourage, sponsor, and provide the knowledge of all music, art, and literary works in all media, including, but not limited to jazz and related arts.

Community Stories

195 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My favorite jazz club in the city! The Jazz Gallery does an amazing job of finding emerging artists and giving them a forum to grow and develop, not only through performances but through mentorship programs. So many wonderful musicians have grown up through the Jazz Gallery and often come back to perform. Every show is thoughtfully chosen and you will almost certainly never go wrong spending an evening here. No frills, just great music!

Jihye L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery chooses music over money. This is only possible because the organization understands its distinctive role, a special calling. The venue is home to many musicians, empowering us to express our true selves. The respect and trust that the Jazz Gallery gives to artists allow us to enrich the jazz scene with our diverse and unique voices. The philosophy continues to provide opportunities to up-and-coming talents based on potential, and I am forever grateful that my 17 piece orchestra and I were able to experience this generosity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is an essential part of the New York City Jazz ecosystem. It's a truly forward-looking institution that has an uncanny ability to spot new talent. NYC would be much poorer without it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is essential to the New York jazz scene. It's the place where exciting new ideas get heard for the first time. It's a nurturing environment like no other. NYC wouldn't be the same without it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a beautiful venue that supports musicians of all ages. It was my first serious show as a bandleader in New York City. I'm thankful for all that this venue has to offer to live music and the careers of young musicians and more.

Fabian A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This venue is more than a stage where music happens and art hangs on the walls, it is a nurturing home for exploration in sound and culture. It is an indispensable landmark for New York.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Nick D.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a rarity. I can’t think of another venue that has done more to provide space, resources, and mentorship on a regular basis to emerging artists, while still maintaining an extraordinarily high level of compelling performances.

Arta J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If I have to describe the Jazz Gallery in a couple of keywords, then here they are: home, family, sharing is caring, freedom to express and support.
Yes, this place definitely captures all of those keywords.
In the beginning, I went to hear performances that ranged from emerging artists until well-established artist concerts. Then later on my dream of playing there became a reality, I was the happiest person on the whole planet. In fact, that was my first biggest concert in NYC, such a memorable experience.
I think the uniqueness of the Jazz Gallery is that they are helping the music to grow, they are focusing more on the artistry and how to help the artist spread their message. It's a place where all of the little ideas or craziest ideas can be explored. :) As an artist, it is very fulfilling if someone else believes in you and the music you do! I have no doubt that every single artist who walks into this space feels so much love and support and is looking forward to their musical return.
I am wishing The Jazz Gallery success and keep on bringing the beautiful artists every single week to our hearts and ears!
Arta Jēkabsone

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery plays a fundamental role in the New York creative music scene. Its role expands well beyond the realm of presenting performances by some of the best musicians and artists in the world to encompass a host of just as important activities, including outreach, mentoring series, partnership, internship, networking with other venues in the 5 boroughs end beyond and more.
It fosters a vast musical community by being actively engaged in its very fabric, and as such, assumes a function which makes it an essential for us, the musicians and audience alike.
The Jazz Gallery's contribution is invaluable and fills a gap sorely needed in today's creative scene.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is such an important and unique part of the NYC jazz community, and jazz itself. Many of the current leading forces and innovators of this music were given opportunities early on to cultivate their artistic visions here, and The Jazz Gallery continues to support and showcase the best of this music, in seasoned professionals or up and coming artists.

Naomi Geena N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experiences here were nothing but influential, productive, and unique. The Jazz Gallery is a space where musicians can flourish and make music without preconceived notions, judgement, and expectations. It truly is an organic and rich environment for anyone that walks in.

Lex K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is instrumental in legitimizing and developing the careers (and musical maturation) of young creative musicians from all over the world. It is an honor to land a performance opportunity here, yet the booking is constantly bold, creative and prescient. There are many thousands of people who are grateful to The Jazz Gallery both directly and indirectly for being such a crucial presence in the world of 21st century Jazz and Improvised music.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is one of the only prestigious venues in the USA I'm aware of that strongly promotes and encourages creativity among younger composers in Jazz music. TJG presents daring music and provides reasonable means to help emerging artists in their search. The entire staff is on board with this vision and because of this The Jazz Gallery has become a fertile community hub for countless listeners and players.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a marvelous resource for modern jazz ~ we have had relaxed live music experiences here on our yearly trips to New York City. One of the founders, trumpet phenom Roy Hargrove, who died recently, was instrumental in establishing a culture of jazz generosity, which I feel is essential to continue in his name. An excellent nonprofit that deserves your support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has been an integral venue for helping push this music forward by heavily supporting young musicians like myself as well as showcasing masterful musicians from all over the world.

Kengchakaj Jazztist K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has shaped my artistic perspective in many since I have moved to New York City 3 years ago. This is not only the performance venue but it is a venue where the idea is shared and being inspired by the musician in the scene. I have witnessed so many artists who are now established well around the world started to experiment and share their idea here. I can say with confidence that The Jazz Gallery stand out among other jazz performance venue and the club as an important driver of the jazz music around the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Been coming to the Jazz Gallery regularly for years now. The music and artwork being showcased is always of a high quality and has clearly been selected with great care. The staff is welcoming and helpful and the overall atmosphere is exactly what one desires in an important music venue like the Gallery. It has become my second home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The very first jazz show I experienced in New York was at the Jazz Gallery location on Hudson for a Gretchen Parlato set. This fueled my hunger for more NYC jazz and ever since I visit 1 to 2 times per year. I know I wasn't supposed to take photos, sorry : )

Vasudevan P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery works tirelessly to successfully present numerous concerts each year of New York City's most promising rising jazz stars. Their team is highly professional, and they want everything to be at its best.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jazz Gallery is The most valuable Jazz venue in New York City. If you are a Jazz musician in NYC, your debut concert should be made at the Jazz Gallery. Then you are considered to be a real NY artist. From Emerging artist to well accomplished musician, this is everyone's favorite venue. I am honored to have chance to be on the stage and have my CD release concert. This place should remain as a symbol of NY Jazz scene.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is home to some of the most forward-thinking musicians in New York. It's a place where music can be premiered with those of the highest caliber, with adequate artistic, emotional, and financial support. It's not only about the music, as the space is usually adorned with photos or pieces from a visual artist, which completes the energy of the space just perfectly.

Rio and the staff at the Gallery are always warmly welcoming the next generation of musicians, treating everyone with respect and giving them positive energy. This comes down to allowing musicians to use the space for rehearsals, early sound checks, and simply as a place to come and hang.

For the listeners, it's always about the music and artistic vision. There are never any set of guidelines for what your music needs to be, it just needs to reflect you as an artist. This kind of love is difficult to find in a place like New York, but the Jazz Gallery does just that.

Alfredo C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a musician, music fan and native New Yorker, I can confidently say that The Jazz Gallery is THE best space in NYC for live music. It is the one space in the city that grants artists the complete creative freedom they need to push the music forward. The curating is spectacular and the talent always exceeds expectations. It is one of the few venues that offers extremely high quality music night after night and never disappoints.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to listen to concerts at The Jazz Gallery two times a week for more than one year and all of them moved me deeply. These were evenings full of new artistic vision. My heart was opened to unusual musical discoveries and a deeper understanding of music.

The Jazz Gallery is a place for those musicians who do not belong to the world of commerce, and who offer to listeners something very unique. To support their new projects and ideas, The Jazz Gallery board commissions the most talented and creative musicians to write music and gives them all possible support during the process of composing.

The entire team at the Jazz Gallery is caring, and thinks creatively about the needs of musicians and guests. Therefore, the Gallery takes care of them as best they can - artists and listeners can always count on hot tea, water, or stimulating conversation about life's vicissitudes : - )

The Jazz Gallery is an open house for all those who love art, new inspiration, and creative music. It's my home !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a wonderful listening space which has been supporting jazz and creative music in New York City for many years. In addition to programming great music of a wide stylistic range, they also commission many artists for the creation of new works. As both a listener and as a performer, I believe the Jazz Gallery is invaluable to the growth and livelihood of the music community in NYC.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has been supporting some of my favorite artists for the last couple of decades by presenting their music, being a home for the to experiment in, and by encouraging them to write new music and ingage in new creative collaborations. It's an essential part of the young NY jazz scene, and ran by people who really care about the music!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is one of my very favorite venues to play and listen to music in. The open spirit of the place encourages musicians to push the envelope and try out new things and that keeps the music moving forward. Highly recommended to any music lover.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has nurtured generations of creative musicians, in a scene where support for upcoming artists is very rare and commercial interests are the priority. The "jazz" landscape in NY would not be the same without them. They are a hub for creativity and positiveness.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An essential incubator for the youngest generation of creative jazz musicians in NYC, The Jazz Gallery has a track record of providing critical assistance to an underserved community. They deserve special thanks for advancing the artistry and careers of some of the most important and trailblazing jazz musicians in the United States today. They deserve your support; please consider contributing to a small, community focused organization building great things from the ground floor up!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Consistently great music, and a breeding ground for musicians to create, collaborate and present their work to audiences who love music. A real community and treasure in NYC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The jazz gallery was always known to be one of the top jazz clubs in NY.The music is always greattttttt.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is an essential music venue and cultural center in NYC. Both emerging and established international artists have found a home in which they can nurture their craft and creativity, thanks to The Jazz Gallery's adventurous programming and eagerness to support new music . Having had access to this space has enabled me to develop projects and introduce my work to new audiences. The first concert I played after moving to NY was at their original location at 290 Hudson St., and I am grateful for having them open their doors to my music and vision, without ever questioning or having me compromise my artistic and esthetic choices. I look forward to more art being developed at this oasis for creativity in NY.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a great club. It's an essential part of the New York City creative music scene. The Gallery will take chances an program young artists while also keeping veteran artists visible - it offers a great variety of quality shows. Overall a wonderful place, focused on musical creativity. Comfortable and simple, the environment here is entirely dedicated to music (no loud waiters or people talking during performances here).

Miho H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is an essential jazz venue in NYC. They are always on the lookout for cutting-edge music and have introduced many young, emerging musicians to the world. The Jazz Gallery team is so supportive and friendly; this venue has a special atmosphere that makes you feel like you're at "home". Not only as a musician but also as an audience member, I greatly admire what they have been doing and I think this venue will continue to be a symbol of the bright future of New York's jazz scene.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a young creative musician, I regard the Jazz Gallery as one of the most important cultural entities in New York. Not only does it allow audiences to access the most truthful and innovative musicians, it also nurtures these musician's creations and reinforces the bonds within the musical community. It's a place where artists and audiences are treated with utmost respect, and the jazz scene in New York simply wouldn't be what it is without it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a great venue which truly supports new music and provides a great platform for music of the highest quality without pigeonholing.
I have always felt welcome and appreciated, even when I first moved to NYC and was not established here.

The Jazz Gallery team is fantastic and everyone works tirelessly to make this one of my favorite venues in town - it's a place run by people with a deep belief in music and its essentiality in life.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has become like a second home for me. They were one of the first venues in Manhattan to invite me to perform my music at the very beginning of my career in New York.

Over the years, they have included me in their incredible family of world class musicians, and in 2015, The Jazz Gallery commissioned me to write an hour of new music that I never would have written without their support and belief in my abilities. They provided the means, the deadline, audience members, promotional support, and the stage, sound, and lights for me to create and realize a new expression of my artistry. What a gift!!

The Jazz Gallery is one of the few remaining organizations in New York that truly supports the creation of NEW music. As a believer in the importance of artists nurturing a constantly evolving artistry, having support from a place like the Jazz Gallery is essential to the evolution of music.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has established itself as one of New York's best venues for live music, and a runway for the new generation of musicians.
The Jazz Gallery has a vision of allowing new music to bloom, giving the opportunity to musicians to pursue their craft and helping them in a countless ways.
For the listeners, coming to the Jazz Gallery is always a great experience. A beautiful listening room with deep respect to the music gives the platform for experiencing something unique and deep every night.
As a performing musician, the experience is as strong.
I strongly encourage people to support this great venue.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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..

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Highly Recommended to Lovers of Music. You will always have an important, memorable experience at The Jazz Gallery.

I've been seeing live music - and occasionally making it - at The Jazz Gallery since 2004 or so, when I saw Avishai Cohen's big band play there. Various, unforgettable concerts have followed the aforementioned, including nights of commissioned music by Jason Lindner, Mark Guiliana, and Chris Morrissey.

Those musical experiences truly influenced and inspired my own artistic journey; without them I wouldn't have ended up composing and presenting my own recent night of original music there. 'Jeff Taylor's Musterion' is a small body of songs composed specifically for a one-night-only event: Sept 10, 2015 at The Jazz Gallery. It was a true joy and an honor to make a statement on that stage!

Guests / audience members visiting The Jazz Gallery - and I'd add that the new Broadway venue rivals the vibe of the old Varick Street one - can expect great sound, friendly staff, a discerning booking department (the season's program always promises great artists, from start to finish), as well as a place where one can actually LISTEN to music.

The venue is set up for focused intake of what's happening on stage. In this manner, The Jazz Gallery is a place where the audience member is really just as big a part of the event as the artist performing. For when an audience of well-listened, eager-eared, respectful individuals takes their place before a performer and their band, there is a silent communication that happens between onlooker and artist, a certain kind of magic which can't always be realized in more raucous environs.

I cannot say enough about The Jazz Gallery. As a musician I'm grateful for the 2nd home TJG provides for composers. Moreover, there is no better place to go for new, exciting music from the finest musicians in NYC's legendary roots music community.

With Love,
Jeff Taylor