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Providing over 750 hours in our space at no charge to tomorrow's jazz leaders for rehearsal, research, and development.
Providing over 750 hours in our space at no charge to tomorrow's jazz leaders for rehearsal, research, and development.
257 backers pledged $21,100 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE - PLEASE WATCH THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF OUR KICKSTARTER VIDEO BELOW:

We at The Jazz Gallery are launching The Woodshed at The Jazz Gallery, a new initiative to offer musicians the use of our space at no charge for rehearsal, research, and development.

Beginning in January 2012, we will make our space available during “dark” hours to artists for approximately fifteen hours per week (with limitations on the number of hours each artist may sign out) on average, which will result in over 750 hours of free rehearsal time for our artists in 2012. Any artist who has performed at The Jazz Gallery as a leader or sideperson will be able to sign out the space during available hours. Scheduling will be planned around the timing of our artist residencies, which offer selected artists the unrestricted use of the space for a one-month period.

In the midst of decreasing public arts funding and the increasing gentrification of lower Manhattan, affordable rehearsal space for musicians is growing scarcer than ever before. Recent press and media coverage demonstrates that these artists tend to receive very low fees for their performances, meaning that even a $20/hour rehearsal cost often falls outside of their budget. After fielding many requests from artists for the use of the space, and after noticing the impact of the recent closings of rehearsal facilities in the area, we at The Jazz Gallery have decided to launch this new program designed to address this growing need.

Because we wish to offer the space to the artists free of charge, we need your help
. Specifically, we need funding to pay the people working on this project, which will include time spent coordinating the scheduling and hundreds of hours of in-person oversight, not to mention the increased operating expenses resulting from keeping our space running for extra hours.

Executive Director Deborah Steinglass says, We are excited by the possibility of providing urgently needed rehearsal space to a large roster of jazz artists who make The Jazz Gallery a wonderful home for jazz lovers and musicians alike.  We want the artists who perform and grow here to know that they can turn to us for help. Our audiences and members feel deeply connected to the musicians who play here and they enjoy following their artistic development.  Now, they can directly contribute to the musicians' artistic growth by supporting this effort.”

Of course, don't take our word for it - watch the video above and see what this project means to our artists. Also, please take a look at the long list of amazing rewards we have made available in collaboration with our artists and friends: every contribution, regardless of amount, is a show of support and will help us move closer to reaching our goal.

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    You will receive a personalized video from one of the following Jazz Gallery artists thanking you for your support: Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Coleman, Aaron Parks, or Gretchen Parlato!

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    You'll receive the personalized artist video thanks (see $10 above) + an invitation to a private party at The Jazz Gallery featuring cameos from Gallery artists!

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    You'll receive the personalized artist video thanks (see $10 above) + a personalized invitation to a private party at The Jazz Gallery featuring cameos from Gallery artists. The invitation will be written and signed by a Jazz Gallery artist on a unique postcard designed by Takao Fujioka!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Jonathan Blake!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Antonio Sanchez!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with vocalist Becca Stevens!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Mark Turner!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Miguel Zenon!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Marcus Gilmore!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with guitarist Nir Felder!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Nasheet Waits!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with pianist Uri Caine!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with guitarist Mike Moreno!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with pianist Robert Glasper!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Steve Lehman!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Mark Guiliana!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Dan Weiss!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with bassist Larry Grenadier!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with guitarist Lage Lund!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with guitarist Miles Okazaki!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with vocalist Sachal Vasandani!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with vocalist Rebecca Martin!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Jeff Ballard!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with drummer Adam Cruz!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist David Sanchez!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with harmonicist Gregoire Maret!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Jaleel Shaw!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Marcus Strickland!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with vocalist Kate McGarry!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with bassist Ben Williams!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session (either at The Jazz Gallery or in Boston) with trumpeter Jason Palmer!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with bassist Derrick Hodge!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + your choice of a 30-minute lesson or listening session at The Jazz Gallery with guitarist David Gilmore!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + Home-baked rum cake by our Director of Programming Rio Sakairi delivered to your door (NYC 5 boroughs only). This is the cake requested by many musicians (Ambrose Akinmusire, Justin Brown, and Joe Sanders to name a few) for their birthdays. It's so good that recipients of the cake usually refuse to share it with anyone!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + Two-dozen of Programming Director Rio Sakairi's famous pork and shrimp gyoza roll, made from a recipe that Rio's grandmother (who used to live in China during the war) taught her! Drummer Jonathan Blake says it's simply "the best in the world". Frozen and delivered to your door (NYC 5 boroughs only) with cooking instructions!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a ten CD package from Pi Recordings featuring titles by artists who have performed at The Jazz Gallery!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a ten CD package from Sunnyside Records featuring titles by artists who have performed at The Jazz Gallery!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a rare Hank O'Neal photo print - featuring Roy Hargrove, Dr. Lonnie Smith, or other artists - from The Jazz Gallery's collection!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + Akua Dixon Turre (cellist/composer/Arranger and wife of Steve Turre) will cook the soulfood dinner that she used to fix for Ray Charles every time he was in New York for you and five of your friends! The meal will include southern-fried chicken, collard greens, mac and cheese and Akua's special sweet potato pie. The meal will be packaged and delivered to the address of your choice within the five boroughs (of NYC).

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + bassist Alexis Cuadrado will cook you a (vegetarian-optional) Spanish dinner for 4: seafood paella, gazpacho, tortilla, escalibada (eggplant peppers), lentil salad, and dessert (NYC only)!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a three-day Autumn getaway at a rustic two-bedroom lakefront cottage in Montauk, NY belonging to Executive Director Deborah Steinglass! *(scheduling flexible excluding Holiday weekends)

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a portfolio of three signed and framed Jimmy Katz photographs (selections will feature Ornette Coleman, Mark Turner, Nasheet Waits, and/or other artists)!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a private in-home performance by Claudia Acuña featuring either a gourmet dinner for 4 or hors d'hoeuvre's for up to 20 people cooked by Jazz Gallery Executive Director Deborah Steinglass!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a private in-home performance by Taylor Eigsti featuring either a gourmet dinner for 4 or hors d'hoeuvre's for up to 20 people cooked by Jazz Gallery Executive Director Deborah Steinglass!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a private in-home performance by Lionel Loueke featuring either a gourmet dinner for 4 or hors d'hoeuvre's for up to 20 people cooked by Jazz Gallery Executive Director Deborah Steinglass!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a private in-home performance by Chris Potter featuring either a gourmet dinner for 4 or hors d'hoeuvre's for up to 20 people cooked by Jazz Gallery Executive Director Deborah Steinglass!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a private in-home performance by TILLERY (Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens) featuring either a gourmet dinner for 4 or hors d'hoeuvre's for up to 20 people cooked by Jazz Gallery Executive Director Deborah Steinglass!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + Jazz Weekend in NYC: get and insider's view into the NYC Jazz Scene featuring the following: Two nights for two people at the W Soho Hotel (or comparable Starwood Hotel, depending on date availability); Reserved Seats at a Jazz Gallery Performance, with a Post-Performance Champagne Reception; Two night Insider Club Circuit Tour with Programming Director Rio Sakairi and Executive Director Deborah Steinglass: hear performances and meet musicians at The Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard and more!; Dinner for two (value up to $250) with jazz drummer Johnathan Blake!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + Jazz Weekend in NYC: get and insider's view into the NYC Jazz Scene featuring the following: Two nights for two people at the W Soho Hotel (or comparable Starwood Hotel, depending on date availability); Reserved Seats at a Jazz Gallery Performance, with a Post-Performance Champagne Reception; Two night Insider Club Circuit Tour with Programming Director Rio Sakairi and Executive Director Deborah Steinglass: hear performances and meet musicians at The Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard and more!; Dinner for two (value up to $250) with jazz bassist Ben Williams!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level + a private in-home performance by Roberta Gambarini featuring either a gourmet dinner for 4 or hors d'hoeuvre's for up to 20 people cooked by Jazz Gallery Executive Director Deborah Steinglass!

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