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Review for The Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Greg Ward

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