Mon and Thu-Sat, 8:45pm-midnight; Tue-Wed and Sun, closed
C, E at Spring St.; 1 at Canal St.
At this nonprofit fifth-story performance space, the scene is all about the music, pure and simple. Distractions are kept to a minimum: There's no food and, except for a couple of self-service wine bottles, no bar. Rotating exhibits of jazz-themed art hang on the walls, and a dozen or so rows of black folding chairs go right up to the stage. The proximity offers an exceptional view of artists at work: faces numb with concentration, fingers scurrying up and down a tenor sax, a piano player humming softly as he plunks out a solo. Dedicated listeners have caught rising talents like saxophonist Miguel Zenon as well as contemporary stars, like drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove—whose practice studio occupied the 1500-square-feet hall before The Jazz Gallery opened in 1995. On a packed night, the audience's dedication is palpable: Gripping solos are followed by a collective room-wide exhale.Workshop
An open rehearsal and workshop with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman and others is held Mondays, 9pm-midnight.
The Jazz Gallery is open by appointment.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.