Since its founding in 1995 by Roy Hargrove, Dale Fitzgerald, and Lezlie Harrison, New York City’s The Jazz Gallery has been a key institution in the city’s jazz and creative music scene. Known as “the most imaginatively booked jazz club in New York” (New York Times), the Gallery has welcomed and nurtured several generations of musicians from around the world, including many who have gone on to critical acclaim as GRAMMY Award-nominees and winners, MacArthur Fellows, Thelonious Monk Competition winners and finalists, Critics’ Poll-winners, and headliners at major international festivals.
The Jazz Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020 with a special ensemble featuring many of the leading creative voices in jazz—all of whom cut their teeth on our stage. The Jazz Gallery All-Stars is made up of Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone), Morgan Guerin (tenor saxophone), Joel Ross (vibraphone), Charles Altura (guitar), Julius Rodriguez (piano), Linda Oh (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), and special guest Renee Neufville (voice).
The original incarnation of The Jazz Gallery All-Stars celebrated the Gallery’s 15th Anniversary, performing at New York’s Symphony Space as part of the 2010 JVC Jazz Festival; the line-up included vocalist Claudia Acuna, trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Miguel Zenón, pianist Gerald Clayton, guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Ben Williams, percussionist Pedro Martinez, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Performing to critical and popular acclaim at that time, the ensemble now reconvenes with a new line-up to tour the United States and Europe, representing the best that The Jazz Gallery has to offer and raising awareness for the organization and its mission.