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.

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Hank O’Neal, Chairman
James Errol Browne
Jonathan Chimene
Matthew Coeny
Samuel Hagler
Ken Kimerling
Christopher D. Kirsten
John David Lenoir
John McCormick
Will Meyerhofer
Ron Scott
Noel Silverman
Paul J. Weinstein
Janet Luhrs, Executive Director
Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director

Dale Fitzgerald
Roy Hargrove
Lezlie Harrison

Ambrose Akinmusire
Kenny Barron
Chris Brubeck
Steve Coleman
Ravi Coltrane
Tom Harrell
Vijay Iyer
Oliver Lake
Pat Metheny
Jason Moran
Dafnis Prieto
Esperanza Spalding
Henry Threadgill
Miguel Zenón


The Jazz Gallery is America’s premier performance venue for emerging international artists who challenge convention, take creative risks and lead their field as performers, composers and thinkers. Through residencies, workshops and exhibitions, we provide a platform for artists to discover their unique voice and a home for established musicians to continue to experiment and grow. At The Jazz Gallery, artists and audiences come together from around the world to explore new creative ideas, collaborate and celebrate jazz as a dynamic art form that reflects our ever-changing world.

The Jazz Gallery is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Jazz cultural center founded in 1995.

Contact Us

1160 Broadway, 5th fl
between 27th + 28th streets
New York, NY 10001 USA

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 153
Lenox Hill Station
NY 10021 USA