My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, USA
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.