The Jazz Gallery serves as an international cultural center where the youngest generation of emerging professional jazz musicians are nurtured with opportunities to collaborate with their peers, discover and refine their creativity, and perform in front of eager audiences. We take pride in our world-renowned reputation as a key player in the NYC jazz community by sustaining a tradition of artistic excellence in jazz and fostering artistic growth, presenting both major and established figures in jazz alongside a younger generation of artists. Since 2002, The Gallery has also been actively engaged in commissioning new work by emerging composers, many of whom have gone on to be recognized with MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants (4), Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, Grammy Awards and more. 12 Thelonious Monk Competition winners got their start on our stage.
Winner of the 2016, 2014 & 2010 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, The Jazz Gallery has garnered a reputation as “the most imaginatively booked jazz club in New York” (NY Times). The Jazz Gallery was founded in 1995 by Dale Fitzgerald, vocalist Lezlie Harrison, and renowned jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove who envisioned a hub and home for the jazz musicians and composers from around the world who come to New York to take part and enhance the city’s vibrant cultural scene.
Our current offerings are divided into 4 primary programs: 1) 21st Century Jazz, which showcases both emerging and established artists; 2) Residency Commissions, which support the creation of new works by exciting young composers; 3) our new Mentoring Program, which pairs young musicians with seasoned veterans to gain valuable creative and professional experience; and 4) The Woodshed, which provides free rehearsal space to our city’s jazz artists.
The Jazz Gallery is open 3 nights per week, 50 weeks per year, presenting more than 300 events to an annual audience of 15,000. We plan to expand to more performances to an increased audience this year and beyond.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hank O’Neal, Chairman
James Errol Browne
John David Lenoir
Paul J. Weinstein
Janet Luhrs, Executive Director
Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director
THE JAZZ GALLERY ARTISTIC COUNCIL