I love Jazz Gallery! When I played there it was something special! I really looking forward playing there again!
The Jazz Gallery has been home to me since i moved to the city four years ago. It's a venue that I feel fortunate to call "home" and their fostering of young talent is truly remarkable. Music is number one at the Gallery and I've learned so much from peers, elders, and mentors by hearing them at countless shows there. It is one of the most important places for music and the development of artists/groups not only in New York City, but in the world!
Like many that have posted, I only have the most positive things to say about the Jazz Gallery. So many in fact that it's difficult to choose, and even more difficult to not be utterly repetitive. I guess what always leaps out at me is the absolute consistency of excellence in their programming. When scrolling through their future and former shows there's an incessant internal "Wow, I want to see that!" that chimes without end. There's no other club in the city that offers that kind of attention to the scene and with such an accurate and thoughtful barometer. But what makes that extra special, is that the club manages to maintain its reputation as having the best shows nightly, while offering chances to a slew of young and upcoming artists that might not get the opportunity to showcase their talent and vision. It cannot be overstated how essential this is to the community, and the JG pulls it off with grace and a ludicrous success rate. Having both played there and sat innumerable times in the audience, I couldn't recommend this organization enough, or speak an higher to it's impact in the community.
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.
The Jazz Gallery is THE most important place for the development of jazz music in New York City. Virtually all of the major movements and innovations in jazz over the past decade were initiated at the Jazz Gallery. It has long had a reputation as an incubator of the finest talent, where musicians are encouraged to develop their craft, which by definition shapes the development of the wider art form in a profound and lasting way. The Jazz Gallery is directly responsible for shaping the NYC and therefore the global jazz music scene. Personally speaking, it has provided me with countless opportunities to perform and try out new ideas and new music. I have benefitted immensely from all of the opportunities the Jazz Gallery has provided me, and it has been an integral part of my development as an artist. I know that countless other musicians feel the same way. Simply the best and most important organization that exists for jazz music today, anywhere.
The Jazz Gallery is easily my favorite place to hear music or to play music in New York City. The work they do is outstanding in promoting new artists and it has become one of the most important cultural institutions in the city, if not the country. It has given many young jazz musicians a platform to experiment, yielding some of the most creative music happening today, which in turn has kickstarted many young careers. The integrity of what they do and the music always remains intact. A very important place.
Experiencing live Jazz Music is one of the most powerful ways to change peoples awareness of what life could be in a better world (waiting just around the corner) and The Jazz Gallery is great example of that...there task is fundamental and the way they do it is beyond perfect, really inspiring space, the spirit and the music will open the door to a better world, support for this is a great investment.
Jazz in NYC does not exist without the Jazz Gallery! it's that simple!
There is nowhere else in New York City that does what The Jazz Gallery does. No other venue is as thoughtfully curated and offers as many services to its musical family and its music loving patrons. As a musician relatively new to the city and the jazz community, The Jazz Gallery's support of my music and my career has been invaluable. Going way beyond offering my band a place to play, they have opened their doors in off hours for rehearsals and have even offered critical advice and co-writen grant proposals with me. They are one-of-a-kind, and a necessity to New York's music community.
This is an extraordinary venue in which both traditional and experimental jazz can be heard. It really is a laboratory for the art form. It's intimate, exciting, and utterly vital to New York's cultural life.
I became a volunteer at The Jazz Gallery after four years of frequent attending of events. The music and events I saw at The Jazz Gallery completely changed my life. My ideas on creative music changed and I discovered many new artists that went on to have big impacts on my musical career. Getting the change to volunteer at The Jazz Gallery and help with these events was a truly special opportunity that i feel lucky to have had.
I have had the pleasure to perform and see shows at the Jazz Gallery on many occasions. The Gallery has had a powerfully positive impact on the artistic community of NYC by supporting innovative artists and allowing them professional opportunities to develop and share their ideas.
It's an oft-repeated trope that you can tell the best ethnic restaurants by the make-up of their clientele. Walk into a Chinese restaurant on Canal St. and see tables full of the coach-bus-to-Broadway crowd, and you can safely turn around and walk out. Hop to the place next-door and do a double-take to make sure you're not in Fujian province, and you've probably hit the jackpot.
I've always thought of the Jazz Gallery as the music's New York hole-in-the-wall for people-in-the-know. It's the club in which I see the most musicians in the audience and the club that's most single-mindedly dedicated to the music. They're non-profit; they don't have a liquor license (and discontinued long ago their offering of a suggested-donation jug of wine); and they won't charge you for a second set if they don't have to. Artists who headline at Lincoln Center come to the Gallery to work through their ideas, to push farther and deeper, to experiment. I remember hearing Lee Konitz kill at the Gallery. I paid $10. Just before he became mega-star, I heard Jason Moran play a duo show with Rudresh Mahanthappa. You could catch Jason at the Vanguard and the show would be polished. Or you could hear him at the Gallery and it would be riskier, weirder, and—quite possibly—greater. The city has other great jazz venues, but the Jazz Gallery has always felt just a little more vital.
The Jazz Gallery is a wonderful venue fostering creative music of highest quality and visual arts. I have seen many great shows there.
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
Over my years involved with the music culture of New York, I have always found my experiences at The Jazz Gallery to be that week's highlight every visit. The staff is warm and knowledgeable, plus they book a myriad performers, presenting both well known and little known with the same enthusiasm. Musicians like Taylor Ho Bynum, Steve Lehman or Tony Malaby, are a few examples of artists who have developed and widened the listener's aural palette through The Jazz Gallery.
The facility itself has seating for each performance and is clean with bathrooms and free water. It is a location to nurture music appreciation, not sell drinks and food or for "hanging out". I greatly appreciate The Jazz Gallery for its devotion to the arts.
The jazz gallery is the best jazz venue in NYC, consistently allowing young jazz artist to emerge and express there hearts, mind and soul. There is a strong sense unity, and the staff is warm hearted and dedicated
letting musicians be themselves ....
I had been meaning to go to the Jazz Gallery. I knew many of the folks who worked hard to ensure its success, and I love jazz. Actually, I'm obsessed with jazz. Anyway, I went on Valentine's Day this year and got to see just how fabulous the Jazz Gallery is. The space is compact, but has everything you need to experience live music properly. The set I saw was outstanding! I want to get more involved in the Jazz Gallery. I definitely want to see more performances there. I can't think of a venue I have been to in the last year that I enjoyed more. And I am a big fan of live music. So, kudos to the Jazz Gallery! I can't wait to go back!
The Gallery is one the few venues that are really all about the music.
Their integrity & commitment is very much needed and very much appreciated. Thank you!
The Jazz Gallery has always been a pillar in the NYC landscape for improvising musicians. I say that because I find their programing to be diverse but what is common throughout is the artists ability to weave their melodic inventions spontaneously before an attentive audience. In this day where funding is sparse and many venues are closing/have closed and while others are trying to find the sure thing weather it be an artist/a group of artists or style the Jazz Gallery has kept it's doors open to the up and coming, the off the beaten path and those that are cross breading genres.
The Jazz Gallery is a national treasure--the music that it presents, so purely, intelligently and affordably, is always cutting edge, fresh, exciting and suggesting new directions for music. The Jazz Gallery has created a vibrant community here in the city and that community extends to listeners and artist around the globe: something very special is happening here! In addition, my students at New York University regularly met there for several years to study jazz, world music, and the arts related to jazz. The Gallery staff and musicians made them feel welcome, creating new audiences as a result. My students have connected with artists and jazz fans from around the globe, and in their studies overseas, reconnected with them, approaching global cultures with fresh insights and understanding that they could not have gotten without the laboratory that the Jazz Gallery provided for them.
I should add that as a photographer of music, I first got to know the Jazz Gallery when I entered a contest they sponsored on art related to jazz. I was fortunate to have exhibited there several times subsequently, so I am in a good position to attest to how thoughtfully and successfully they have curated their exhibits, as well as their music programs. There is literally nothing like this particular non-profit institution: its approach is unusually intelligent, passionate, creative and communal. It is an irreplaceable educating force, support and shaper of America's richest musical contribution to the world. I think both the music and art world would be poorer without The Jazz Gallery.
The Jazz Gallery has grown into a truly prominent an important role in the creative music scene in NY. They have maintained their mission to support and feature young and upcoming artists that they believe in regardless of their potential ticket sales or media response. The Jazz Gallery board and staff have genuine experience and knowledge in their field and have worked hard to create an open and creative environment for New York's hard working and talented Jazz musicians. They always treat the musicians with respect.
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.
The Jazz Gallery has been a great venue that has supported the present and future of jazz music for years. As a jazz musician that got my first opportunity as a leader in this venue, I will be the first to say that it is extremely important to the future of jazz music, as most venues in NY are not very open to new, young voices with new things to say. This is not only important to the artist, but also to the jazz community as a whole. Because not only does it give many opportunities to new artists, but it also brings new music and artist for jazz fans to experience
The Jazz Gallery is unique in New York City, for its dedication to the presentation of creative music. The Gallery has supported my music and many of my friends for years, and is truly the fountainhead that nourishes an entire music scene, by providing a venue to present and share ideas and sounds. Because of the Nonprofit nature of the venue, there are no distractions in the form of a Bar, a Restaurant, or undue focus on the bottom line. This allows music to flow and exist in an open atmosphere, where the audience can interact in an intimate setting, and everyone can be a part of the experience of creation.
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.
this is a wonderful place that nurtures and supports emerging jazz artists, as well as providing a chance to experience what we all love about jazz.
the staff is great and so committed to what they're doing.
Jazz Gallery is one of the most important venues in New York City, if not the world, in its fostering role for innovations in jazz. Its emphasis on new compositions and approaches helps push the music in fascinating ways. The fact that there is no food or drink service means that the focus is also always on the music.
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.
Just want to say the Jazz Gallery is an amazing, incredible place! At a time when other nonprofits are folding or cutting back, New York is extremely fortunate to have the Jazz Gallery offering music at the forefront of contemporary jazz. Love your programming!
The Jazz Gallery is one of the most unique venues we have in NYC. Because they are a non-profit, the bookings are based solely on musical integrity. It is an equal mix of established and emerging artists. This ensures that concertgoers are hearing a truly representative slice of NYC's jazz scene. The Gallery is an indispensable part of New York City, and the opportunities I have had there as both a performer and listener have greatly enhanced my life.
Upon my first visit to the Jazz Gallery I found in to be a warm and inviting space of artist in support of one another. There were seasoned professionals along side growing artist.
In Jazz as in all the arts, the artist flourishes in a safe environ.
Leslie Harrison and the Jazz Gallery have crafted the prototype.
All the best,
In an age where Art and true talent has taken a backseat to forced cookie cutter proclamations of American "Idols", the jazz Gallery is like a refreshing oasis! I drive all the way from Philadelphia to New York city to experience the Jazz gallery. It is a small place with no dazzling decor or smells of delicious food cooked by an expert chef. There is no fancy bar or stage sparkling with lights. There is only a small stage, chairs facing the stage and visual Art on the surrounding walls. The Jazz Gallery is a relaxed place to come and enjoy visual art and the art of jazz! I love it!!
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.
Great music, great atmosphere, great hang! Not only will you have a fun time at the Jazz Gallery, you will meet cool people and if you so desire you will learn something too!!!
When I first moved to New York three years ago, I knew no one and certainly had no clue about where the best place to listen to music was. The very first time I went to the Gallery, I not only found an amazing place to hear music, but I also found a strong sense of community and family. The Gallery is truly a place that foster's young artists development and continues to gives musicians an opportunity to play their music in hands down, the best and most welcoming venue to do so in the city. I believe so strongly in what the people at the Gallery do, and I am so thankful for the opportunities they have given me to hear music and play music at their venue.
Reasonable entry price, incredible musicians, and comfortable intimate setting, makes the Gallery a unique and rare space. Sometimes I go because I know about the musicians who are going to be playing there, and at other times, I go to discover new sounds, always trusting, completely, the Gallery's picks. I am thankful for what it offers us in the community, and for the opportunities it gives upcoming musicians, and grateful for its efforts to keep the new jazz generative in New York City.
In New York City, the jazz capital of the world, no organization has been doing more for this art form than The Jazz Gallery. Since it's inception The Jazz Gallery has been at the forefront of what's happening in the global jazz scene, and one would be hard-pressed to find a creative jazz artist that has not been profoundly impacted by The Jazz Gallery in some way. The importance that this organization has for creative music cannot be understated.
When I discovered the Jazz Gallery, I was so impressed by the quality of the music and the welcoming ambiance, I became a regular. My admiration led me to volunteer, where I now help with membership. I believe so strongly in the mission, to promote and nurture the next generation of jazz artists, that I proudly serve as the Jazz Gallery's biggest cheerleader!
The Jazz Gallery is a unique and important organization. For years, it's been one of the rare venues in the city that has taken an interest in nurturing and promoting the creative music being made by the younger generations of improvisers. It's a place to try new ideas out and develop music within a supportive community.
I am a professional drummer/composer/bandleader here in New York City. I have not only performed at The Jazz Gallery as a leader and a sideman, but I have also seen many concerts, and attended many functions there. This venue not only has served as a beautiful launching pad for many of the great artists of our time, but also offers the most creative and innovative acts I've ever seen booked in any jazz club, or any venue for that matter. With a warm and friendly staff dedicated to the continued integrity of jazz, and performance art as a whole, I will always support and be a part of their family. The Jazz Gallery is my favorite venue - redefining and reinforcing the role of a venue.
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.
The Jazz Gallery is my favorite club to go to to hear young (and not so young) musicians create their music in a hospitable environment. Though I dont play there much, its the club I"ve consistently gone to over the years to check out great new music...the musicians are treated with respect... the staff is great...full of people who love the music..... New York is a much better place because of the jazz gallery...also their cd selection is top notch...always great new music to take home....also they have commissioned some great new compositions...thank you JG!
The Gallery is more than a jazz club. It's a place for musicians to learn, hang out, and workout new ideas. No other club in the city (or in the world) has provided such a unique environment. Every show I see at the Gallery is an amazing experience.
Since its inception, The Jazz Gallery has been an invaluable ally to myself and countless musicians. Not only have they been an incredible venue for musicians as myself to debut new materials (and bands) they have also been a great place for musicians to coalesce/network and hear what fellow musicians are doing. The Jazz Gallery has been instrumental in obtaining grants enabling musicians to develop works that may have otherwise not seen the light of day.
I have been fortunate to travel and play all over the world and The Jazz Gallery will always be my favorite place to play and I will continue to jump at the opportunity to perform there anytime.
As a jazz journalist who has followed developments in New York for over thirty years, I can honestly say that jazz would not sound the way it does today had not the Jazz Gallery served as a locus for NYC's polyglot musical community to exchange ideas and work on moving to the next step. The programming is innovative --- a la, Steve Coleman's ongoing Monday night workshop series, regular appearances by artists as diverse as Roy Hargrove, Henry Threadgill, Miguel Zenon, Vijay Iyer, and many more. The curatorial decisions (a la the various commissions, sponsored collaborations, and events like September's Ornette Coleman Festival) are spot-on.
The best club to hear jazz at in NYC. The depth of artists that have performed here from the start of their careers and have grown and gained international recognition is unparalleled. The Monday night series with Steve Coleman is the only opportunity in NYC for young artists to come and learn from a master musician in an easily, and affordable, environment. Simply stated the Jazz Gallery is an example of how the music of jazz grow will continue to develop as an art.
The Jazz Gallery is one of the finest breeding venues in the country allowing young musicians with vision to share their perspectives in an incubator, while allowing the audience to become a part of the process. Not to mention that established musicians have an opportunity to explore new ideas in a welcome environment. The focus on providing grants to foster new compositions and collaborative pieces has made The Jazz Gallery a more important part of the fabric of the jazz scene.
The Jazz Gallery is a hold-out in an era of increasingly corporate jazz clubs and institutions. A small, grass-roots organization, a venue that is intimate and listener-friendly, and a booking policy that is musician-centered and encourages experimentation and creativity. Places like the Gallery are an absolute necessity if the NYC creative arts community is expected to survive.
The Jazz Gallery is a vital part of the jazz community in NYC. Its creative programming, workshops, and jam sessions have helped shape the current creative music scene. It has brought many young up-and-coming artists wider recognition and helped launch their careers, and with a very affordable admission and member program, it has brought jazz to a wider audience.
When I think of the Jazz Gallery I think of cutting edge music, experimentation with fusion no matter the types of music, and community. When I moved to New York City in 2004, the Jazz Gallery was not only a place that I frequented often to check out great music, but it was also where I played my first gig in New York. I have always felt a great sense of family within the organization, which makes the audience feel comfortable while listening, and pushes the musicians to try new things with no fear of being judged.
THe jazz Gallery is an essential venue in the creative music seen in NY. NY needs this place to continue to be the vital force that it is to keep this city in it's progressive and traditional musical state.
Among all the jazz spots in NYC, the Jazz Gallery is the rare, dare I say only, place where music has absolute priority. There is no food offered and if you are very thirsty, you may buy a bottle of water for a dollar (on the honor system). It is not only a very special and important home for young artists who are sharpening their skills and measure their talents with the Elders; it is an equally important venue for the jazz listener. The program selections and the artist selections guarantee a consistently high quality of performances. Musicians recognize and appreciate the outstanding attention and care given to them by the incredibly dedicated staff. The Jazz Gallery must remain a constant in New York City because it is a necessity to every jazz musician.
I've been to the Jazz Gallery once, and had a phenomenal experience. I tend to keep up to date on the music calendar and I am always impressed with the diversity of music they offer and their persistence on presenting new music. The cover charge is fair, especially in comparison to other NYC clubs.
The Jazz Gallery does great work presenting new music in NYC. It allows artists the freedom to pursue their own artistic vision and gives people a venue to experience the music in it's original form at an affordable price.
The Jazz Gallery is my favorite spot to go listen in New york!
They are the most supportive and innovative music venue in the city and should receive the support they deserve!!
The Jazz Gallery has become a landmark for jazz music in NYC. By all means support the preservation of this institution. Aside from the wonderful performances, I've been hearing a lot about Roy Hargrove's jam sessions/workshops. Having masters such as Roy and many others readily available to mentor younger musicians is extremely crucial for maintaining a vibrant scene.
By far The Jazz Gallery has been one of the greatest venues to listen and perform in around New York City. The support they continue to show for young artists and composers seems unparalleled, and the people that frequent the venue know that they're going to be able to listen to music and possible be introduced to something groundbreaking.