Jazz Gala 2017

GALA 2017

Multi Grammy Award Winner Lenny White 

A versatile drummer, best-known for being part of Chick Corea’s Return To Forever in the 1970’s. White was self-taught on drums and he largely started his career on top, playing regularly with Jackie McLean (1968) and recording “Bitches Brew” with Miles Davis in 1969.

White was soon working with some of the who’s who of jazz including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Stanley Clarke and Stan Getz among others. As a member of Return To Forever during 1973-76, White gained a strong reputation as one of the top fusion drummers, but he was always versatile enough to play in many settings.

Multi Grammy Award Winner John Benitez 

In the world of Latin Jazz/Latin American music, John Benítez is considered to be one of the greatest bassists alive today. With five GRAMMY awards to his name and performance credits ranging from Tito Puente to Chick Corea, his impact on the music world is unquestionable. 

Yaacov Mayman, an art director of the competition (Yaacov has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Benny Golson, Ray Santiago and others).

Competition’s participants from France, Uruguay, Georgia, Cuba, Thailand, Russia


GALA 2016

The Made In New York Jazz Gala became one of the most significant International jazz events in New York, featuring legendary Jazz Artists. 

This year we celebrate our 3rd Annual, International Jazz Gala. The winner of the competition João Barradas, one of the most recognized young accordionists in Europe, will be performing this year.

“I regard João Barradas as a beacon in the future development of accordion as a serious instrument.  He is a master of all styles from classical repertoire and is the most convincing jazz improviser I have heard to date on the instrument.” – Gil Goldstein

“One of the most diligent and reliable young musicians that I have encountered” – Greg Osby

João Barradas and other participants TBA of Made In New York Jazz Competition will be joined by stellar lineup of American jazz masters: 

Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena.

Tommy Campbell (known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and others), Philip Harper (The Jazz Messengers and Charles Mingus Big Band), Bobby Sanabria 7 times Grammy award nominee, composer, arranger, educator and writer specializing in Latin jazz. Yaacov Mayman, art director of the competition (Yaacov has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Benny Golson, Ray Santiago and others).

The host of the GALA 2016 will be George V Johnson Jr., one of the most recognizable jazz voices who mentored and performed regularly with “James Moody & Lou Donaldson”.

Special guest from Italy: Federico Malaman! Internet sensation and one of the most watched jazz, fusion bass players on YouTube and social media. Some of his videos performing have well over a million views, displaying great musicianship and a technical ability that is jaw dropping.

The front runners of the competition will also perform on the gala:

Karim Maurice a pianist, composer  and arranger from France. 

Giulia Malaspina, Italian  pianist, composer and arranger graduated from Berklee College of Music.

Our finalists the Next Step Quintet from Greece and Brazilian pianist Diogo Monzo.







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