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Introducing The Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, 5th Floor

Introducing The Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, 5th Floor

Dear Jazz Gallerians:

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I am writing to you today to announce that we have finally hit a Home Run – we have found a new space on the fifth floor at 1160 Broadway and will start our programming for the new year there on January 17th. We are thrilled to live up to our promise to stay in Manhattan, at a location in the flatiron district that is close to transportation, a few blocks from great restaurants and hotels, and a straight shot west from our fellow jazz presenter Jazz Standard.

Our new home is at Salt Space, and we have entered into a shared space agreement that allows us to continue all of our programs – our Thursday through Saturday night performances, Monday night workshops, Commissioning Residencies and The Woodshed. This solution – to share a space with another organization – is one that many nonprofits are using during these difficult times. Right now, our agreement for this space runs through February 2014, and while we hope to extend our time there for many years to come, we are also exploring other permanent possibilities. Meanwhile, for the next year and maybe more, we will be in a space that is intimate and very similar to 290 Hudson Street in look and feel, and I believe you will come to think of it as your new second home, as I already have.

This year has been an incredible journey. We launched a new program last January – The Woodshed at The Jazz Gallery – supported by many of you through a Kickstarter campaign. We had just barely begun the year – quite frankly on a new high, knowing we were going to do even more than before to support the jazz community – when we discovered we would be losing our home of 17 years at 290 Hudson Street.

Since then we have found out how many wonderful friends we truly have. We found the courage and strength to overcome many, many obstacles because so many jazz musicians and members of our audience and field stood with us and expressed their love and support. We were able to overcome the enormous challenges many arts organizations and artists are facing today in Manhattan as well as other parts of New York City; the most significant being the climb in real estate prices at a time when most of us are experiencing declines in institutional support.

But YOU – our constituents – musicians, audiences, and others in our field – were unwavering in the help and support you offered, and I have to believe it is why we ultimately were successful. We still have a great deal of money to raise in order to stabilize our organization, and our Home Run campaign will continue – we have raised about 25% of our $250,000 goal. I hope you will continue to support us at whatever level you can and in whatever way you can, now and in the year ahead. You can do so by donating (HERE) and by becoming a member (HERE) and by coming to hear great music at our new home and bringing your friends!

We are off to a good start, and look forward to a wonderful year ahead in a warm and intimate space for all of our Jazz Gallerians. Long Live The Jazz Gallery!

Wishing you love and music,

Deborah Steinglass
Executive Director
The Jazz Gallery

For more details, please visit http://homerun.jazzspeaks.org.

Photo by Mark Niskanen

This weekend (December 14th and 15th, 2012), we will host two final jam sessions here at 290 Hudson Street. These two nights of jam sessions will be the last held at this incarnation of The Gallery, which has been located at 290 Hudson Street since its inception seventeen years ago. We hope to share more details with you about our new home very soon.

The sessions will be hosted by Ben Williams (Friday) and Adam Rogers (Saturday), and will feature musicians invited to perform by our Director of Programming. The list will include several members of the Jazz Gallery family, many of whom have had formative experiences on our stage. We invite the public to join us in celebrating this chapter in our history with performances from many of the artists who have helped shape that history, and who in turn have been shaped by it. More below:

Friday, December 14th – Hosted by Ben Williams Trio
Featuring:
Ben Williams – bass
Kris Bowers – piano
Kendrick Scott – drums

You may see:
Adam Larson
Seamus Blake
David Gilmore
Sofia Rei
Angelica Sanchez
Tyshawn Sorey
John Ellis
Adam O’Farrill
Alexis Cuadrado
Vijay Iyer
and others.

 

Saturday, December 15th – Hosted by Adam Rogers Quartet

Featuring:
Adam Rogers – guitar
Luis Perdomo – piano
Matt Brewer – bass
Johnathan Blake – drums

You may see:
Dave Liebman
Zaccai Curtis
Mark Kelley
Gretchen Parlato
Miles Okazaki
Nasheet Waits
John Escreet
Scott Colley
and others.

Photo by Dave Kaufman

The quintet of the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire includes some of “the most sought-after players of [its] generation” (NPR). The ensemble includes the pianist Sam Harris, who is an expert in the art of “blur[ring] the edges, pushing the music towards an alternative centre of gravity” (The London Telegraph).

A native of Dallas, Texas, Sam’s early explorations of his instrument included parallel studies of both the Euro-American classical and improvisatory traditions. These formative studies, particularly under the pianist Bill Lohr, “instilled in him a sense of dedication to melody and taught him the importance of listening.” Sam moved to New York in 2004 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the likes of Jason MoranGarry Dial, and John Riley. He has also honed his skills on the bandstand, performing with seasoned artists (and Jazz Gallery veterans) such as Ambrose AkinmusireLogan RichardsonGretchen Parlato, and Linda Oh.

On Thursday, Sam makes his fifth appearance as a leader on our stage with a group featuring the reedists Román Filiú and Ben van Gelder, the bassists Ross Gallagher and Martin Nevin, and the drummer Craig Weinrib. Sam writes, “Come join us for our last show in this very special space before The Jazz Gallery moves next year.”

In the meantime, check out this video of another iteration of Sam’s group performing “Identity,” recorded live a couple of years ago at The Jazz Gallery.

Photo by Mark Niskanen

Calling all Jazz Gallery Members Solo or Above: We’ve identified a new space right here in the borough of Manhattan and are planning to move at the end of the month! More details are coming soon, but prepare to join us in our new home in January. In the meantime, the pleasure of your company is kindly requested for one more Holiday party at 290 Hudson Street.

For this year’s bash, we’re teaming up with our friends at Fully Altered Media to bring you a night to remember. Come celebrate in the company of friends and enjoy delicious free food, drinks, and music courtesy of Ravi Coltrane. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to membership@jazzgallery.org. We hope to see you there!

The Jazz Gallery / Fully Altered Media Holiday Party
Featuring Ravi Coltrane
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 | 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
For Jazz Gallery Members (“Solo” or above)
RSVP to membership@jazzgallery.org

Photo via http://lage-lund.com

“The guitarist Lage Lund exudes a diffident and self-deprecating kind of cool,” writes Nate Chinen in The New York Times. “His playing and presence can both be casually magnetic. Like Jim Hall, one of the guitarists in his heroes’ gallery, he channels reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique.”

Originally from Skein, Norway, Lage moved to the States to attend Berklee College of Music, and was the first guitarist to be enrolled in Juilliard’s Institute of Jazz Studies. In 2005, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition. The decision was made by a panel featuring Pat MartinoJohn PizzarelliEarl KlughBill FrisellStanley Jordan and Russell Malone, who explained, “Lage wasn’t flashy. He was just all music and soul – that’s what we all agreed upon.”

As a bandleader, Lage has released five albums. Since moving to New York in 2002, he has also been a first call sideperson, and has appeared on recordings and in concert with David SanchezSeamus BlakeJaleel ShawWill VinsonJimmy GreeneMarcus StricklandCarmen Lundy, and others.

Lage has performed here as a leader dozens of times dating back to 2006. On Sunday, he returns with the band from his release Unlikely Stories (Criss Cross), which features the pianist Edward Simon, the bassist Ben Street, and the drummer Bill Stewart.

UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled due to illness.

Listen to “12 Beats,” a track from Unlikely Stories.