I am a freelance photographer residing in New Jersey who explores the vibrant Jazz scene in New York City. I feel fortunate that on any given night I am able to photograph some of the world’s greatest musicians in some of the finest venues in the city. I also shoot portraits and have done recording sessions for various musicians. My photos have appeared in Downbeat magazine and since 2013 have graced the covers of CDs for the Smalls Jazz Club record label. . I am grateful for the opportunity to share my photography with all who visit The Jazz Gallery. – William Brown





Art Exhibition
September – December 2017

With an opening Reception September 13, 2017
6 – 9pm
free entry

featuring live performances by Flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez. vocalist Claudia Acuna, the Antonio Madruga Trio and other special guests.


Irwin Keyes, A Very Human Being

Irwin Keyes (1952-2015) was an internationally-renowned and commanding character actor who was born in New York City and grew up in Amityville, Long Island.  Frequently cast as likable lugs, brutish goons, and imposing authority figures, Irwin acted in a diverse array of more than one hundred films in such genres as horror, comedy, thrillers, action, and science fiction.  Keyes most popular and iconic films include Friday The 13th (1980), Guilty As Charged (1991), House of 1000 Corpses (2003), Black Dynamite (2009), The Flintstones (2000/1994), The Private Eyes (1981), Zapped (1982), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Dream slashers (2007) , the Oblivion film series, The Warriors (1979), the Exterminator film series, and many more.

Keyes achieved his greatest enduring popularity with his recurring role as the endearingly oafish bodyguard Hugo Majelewski in the 1980s CBS TV sitcom The Jeffersons. Among the other TV shows that Irwin made guest appearances on are Laverne & Shirley, Police Squad, Moonlighting, Married With Children, thirtysomething, Growing Pains, Tales From The Crypt, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


For his closest friends and members of the Irwin Keyes family, one of the things we most love and have been most consistently inspired by is how steadfastly our dear brother has pursued his dreams while remaining positive against tremendous odds and challenges with a whole lot of hard work and wonderful sense of humor.

This hulking, 250-pound actor remained remarkably upbeat throughout his career although he was constantly typecast in heavy, even grisly roles.  Irwin continued to work tirelessly on films, television, and commercials for over 35 years, gaining the most worldwide recognition for his portrayals of the malicious henchman Wheezy Joe in the 2003 Coen Brothers film Intolerable Cruelty, as Fred and Barney’s friend Joe Rockhead in the Flintstones (1994), and as the wild masked man Ravelli in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses (2003).

Although Irwin Keyes had a lifelong passion for drawing and painting, he did all the striking paintings in this present exhibition during a major burst of creativity in the 1990s and in the early 2000s in Santa Monica, California.  Irwin often talked about the fact that “you gotta learn to tell a good and compelling story, no matter what genre of art you are creating in.  And any artist worthy of that name is always learning.”

May we never stop learning from the humility, humanity, and tender loving heart of Irwin Keyes.

–Todd Barkan and Ilene Glick (sister of Irwin Keyes)


18471774_10155309137898839_313448439_oThe Jazz Gallery is proud to present the photographs of
Nina D’Alessandro Faces Of The Nineties
May 20 – August 31, 2017

An opening reception will be held on May 20th at The Jazz Gallery to welcome the artist.
We hope you can join us for this very special occasion.

Music gives special life force to those who give themselves to it. The way it shapes and lights the face and the spirit of the artist—these are mysteries to explore and celebrate. When I photograph musicians in performance, I’m looking for the moment when music and maker become one, when the human body producing that sound becomes the sound and is transformed by it. I’m also looking to catch the physical gesture that is the visual equivalent of a musician’s signature licks or voice. But what’s most important is the moment–rapturous, explosive, or still and prayerful. Or if I can capture the feeling of what it’s like to witness the creation of the sound, that’s my way of expressing love—for the artist, for the music that he or she sings, and for the Maker, who breathes through it all.

The last decade of jazz’s first century was a vibrant time, especially in New York City, where young artists were consciously reaching back and simultaneously looking ahead, creating an exciting richness in the music that filled the streets in summer festivals, and drew its practitioners to the city’s many clubs and recording studios.  At the same time, after passing on their wisdom and spirit to the next generations, so many of the music’s originators took their leave. During the ‘90s, that apprenticeship tradition was still very much alive. I’ve also tried to represent some sense of  those relationships between older musicians and young in this exhibit.


WHEN PHOTOGRAPHER NINA D’ALESSANDRO FIRST EXHIBITED AT THE JAZZ GALLERY, she was awarded First Prize in the Panasonic Jazz Art Festival for her photo of Hamiet Bluiett, included in this exhibit. Her photographs of musicians and their families were selected for United Nations exhibition in England and Scotland. Other exhibitions include shows at the National Network of Cultural Centers of Color, Smalls, and the Smithsonian Museum where her work is part of the permanent Lost Voices collection.  Her photographs have appeared in Jazz Times, Musician, Musica Jazz, Swing Journal, Long Shot, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Boston Phoenix, among many other publications, on CDs for SONY/Epicure, Enja, and Koch, in Veuve Cliquot ad campaigns, Penguin Books, and in Ken Burns documentary Jazz.

Ms. D’Alessandro is a professor at New York University, where she teaches writing creative production and cultural studies, and where she also taught a popular jazz course for many years.


The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the photographs of
Jean-Jacques Abadie
February 11th – April 27th, 2017

An opening reception will be held on February 11th at The Jazz Gallery to welcome the artist.
We hope you can join us for this very special occasion.

From Jean-Jacques:
I was born in 1959 in the south west of France, in Gascony, where I am still living. I became a teacher for primary school when I was very young, so I could spend my holidays traveling. That led me to practice photography, as many travelers do, and to learn geography at University in the early 80s. I am now history and geography teacher.

In the 90s I started family life and photographed nature, life, landscape … in Gascony and the Pyrenees Mountains. Even if my area is very rural area, cultural life is very rich and I took lots of photographs for friends, local actors, musicians, or festivals. All that work resulted in many local exhibitions since 1998.

The house that my great grandparents and grandparents built, and where I have been living for 30 years, is 5 miles from Marciac! Ten years ago I had the opportunity to get an accreditation for the Jazz Festival of Marciac, an amazing festival in a 1400 residents town, where every summer the greatest jazz musicians play over two weeks. So I could practice live music photography, in the best conditions, working year after year, surrounded by so many professional photographers.

Every summer I have had the incredible chance to sit 10 feet in front of Ahmad Jamal, Chucho Valdes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Zorn, Charles Lloyd, Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman, or Wynton Marsalis (the festival godfather), and so many others.

As I am not a professional photographer, no media, nobody in the festival crew expects any picture from me. I am completely free. For years I used to photograph only for me, for friends, or some exhibitions – the last one was called Chamanes, because according to me musicians are in contact with mysterious and spiritual forces. When sometimes I gave the musicians photographs of previous years, I saw very often their surprise in front of their image, what they like or what they prefer not to see, even if it was for me a good photo; that had a great influence too on my photographs.


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”E’ da 20 anni che viviamo, litighiamo e lavoriamo insieme, in due, in Duo”

In their works depicting iconic figures of jazz, faces and instruments are forged…disappearing then reappearing.  Tsarkova and Chioccia paint with oil and enamel on canvass or on sheet metal. Sought, and stolen, stolen  objects are nailed , sawed, screwed and hammered.

Jazz isn’t just music. Jazz is a place where people and the sounds they bring meet. An ideal city where different cultures and philosophies combine into the new and the unique.

Olga Tsarkova was born in the great city of Moscow and attended the National School of Art. She completed her studies in Rome at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Rome’s Fine Art Academy) graduating at the top of her class.

Massimo Chioccia  was born in a small Etruscan country village in Umbria and graduated with honors from  the Accademia di Belle Arte di Viterbo (Viterbo’s academy of fine arts).

“It’s 20 yrs now that we live, work, and clash as a duo, a dueling Duo”

Their works have been exhibited in honor of many Jazz festivals including the “Casa di Jazz” Rome 2011,  the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam 2013, and recently the 40th Anniversary of Umbria Jazz 

International historic jazz clubs have also displayed their work. The Alexanderplatz Jazz Club of Rome, Blue Note of Milan and  Birdland of NYC.

For the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in 2014 a Tsakova/Chioccia work was chosen for the cover of the festival’s official celebratory book.

Their work has been used for for the official posters of Umbria Jazz Winter most recently 2015.






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.

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