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Causes: Arts & Culture

Mission: The Jazz Gallery provides an international cultural center which traces and promotes current developments in jazz. The Gallery’s primary focus is on the youngest generation of professional jazz musicians, whom we nurture by giving them an audience for their performances and a stage upon which to assemble their bands. The Gallery also encourages established musicians to present new projects and collaborate in performances with emerging artists. In addition to very high quality live jazz music, the Gallery presents and exhibits visual arts, theater and poetry inspired by jazz.

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

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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).

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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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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has single-handedly been one of the most important homes for new and emerging artists in the NYC scene. I'm incredibly grateful for the open and supportive attitude that Rio and her staff bring to all musicians that play here. It's a great place to develop, support and present art - period.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery has, for almost 20 years, provided a world class performance venue for cutting edge jazz in a city known for such music but, ironically, painfully lacking in venues of this kind. Through it's commissioning of new music, community building, and general support of jazz, the Jazz Gallery leads by example in the jazz capitol of the world.

Fabian A.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is one of the most prestigious institutions that is committed to promoting young talent as well as established musicians .
Through its Residency / Commission Series I had the opportunity to write a Suite based on the music that surrounded me in my childhood in a poor neighborhood in my hometown, Santiago de Cuba.
The music was written during a one-week residency and was released on a two-night premiere for a wonderful audience thanks to the promotional work done by members of the staff.
I am eternally grateful for this wonderful opportunity and the effort made by each of the staff members.
This organization is key to the development of jazz and the growth of young artists, a laboratory of ideas, a fundamental space for artists as well as a global beacon for the global jazz community .

Ben_15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is one of NYC's most vital creative components. For many years the institution has been instrumental in putting on some of the most forward thinking and innovative music. Besides being a world-class venue, it is a hub for creativity and fosters a community by means of residency commissions, mentoring programs, clinics and much more. I've benefitted greatly from all that the Jazz Gallery offers and hope to do so for years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is one of the most important breeding grounds for improvised music worldwide. Their programming is audacious and varied. Most importantly, it is an established venue in New York City that is not afraid to take chances by giving younger musicians the opportunity to lead a band. This is an incredibly rare feat. Having been able to perform at the Jazz Gallery has been of invaluable importance to me as a musician.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a special organization. Not only have I been inspired by the many concerts I've attended over the past seven years, I've had the opportunity to develop and to present my music in this amazingly welcoming venue, which has nourished my career as a performer and composer in many ways. Most recently, I was very fortunate to be selected to participate in the Jazz Gallery Residency/Commission Series for 2014. During the month of April, the Jazz Gallery was my workshop where I composed and rehearsed the music for my project entitled, Capturing Sunlight, a musical tribute to one of my great mentors, world-renowned visual artist, Preston Jackson. This project also features a short documentary, which was created by Diana Quinones Rivera, and lyrics created by Brianna Thomas. We presented this work in May at the Jazz Gallery to a wonderfully receptive audience. I am so happy with how this piece came together and will forever be grateful to everyone at the Jazz Gallery for providing me with the opportunity to create this work. So much can be accomplished if we are willing to work hard and if we are provided an opportunity. The Jazz Gallery is providing many opportunities to many up-and-coming artists, as well as presenting the music of some of the greatest performers and composers in the world. This organization is vital to the development of our immediate arts community here in NYC, as well as having a great impact on contemporary improvisational music around the world.

Thanks,
Greg Ward

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is home to some of the most creative and forward thinking music in NYC. It is an incredible home for emerging artists and is vital to the jazz and instrumental scene within this community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jazz Gallery is a beautiful space and an essential part of the New York jazz scene. It highlights some of the most innovative musicians in the community and supports the creation of new music.