Eddie Gale Musician, trumpeter, composer, publisher, recording artist, and band leader. Director of the Inner Peace (student and professional) Orchestra. Facilitator of Music Improv Workshop at San José State University. Performs throughout America, Canada and Europe.
1999-2002 California Artist-in-Residence at San José State University, Monroe Middle School (in Campbell, CA), East Side Arts Alliance/Black Dot Artists Collective and McClymonds High School (both in Oakland). 1972, Artist in Residence at Stanford University.
San José’s Ambassador of Jazz, proclaimed in 1974 by then Mayor Norman Mineta and endorsed by City of San José mayors since.
Ambassador of Music, Association of World Citizens, San Francisco, since 1995.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1969
California Arts Council Grants Review Panel
African American Innovators headed by Dr. Karlton Hester, Santa Cruz, CA
Harry Fox Agency
Chamber of America
As a leader-17 (mostly original music)
As a sideman: 9
Blue Note Records
Roof Top Records
Songs in order 1Images "Sun Ra" 2 Here Comes Another Miracle" In Love Again" 3 Ghetto Summertime " Black Rhythm Happening" 4, The Rain 5,Route 95 "Afro Fire"
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Started music at 8 years old playing trumpet in the First AME Church in the Bedford Stuyvesant Scouts marching bands. Grew up in heart of the New York jazz scene. As a youngster, Gale sat in with Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Booker Ervin, Illinois Jacquet, etc. Studied trumpet with jazz great trumpeter Kenny Dorham. Also, studied and recorded with piano greats Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor. Independent studies at San José State University (‘72-’74). In the early 1960s he was introduced to Sun Ra by drummer Scoby Stroman. He spent many hours exposed to Sun Ra’s philosophy about music and life. Eddie explains, "Playing with Sun Ra is a great experience--from the known to the unknown. You play ideas on your instrument that you never imagine. His music provoked me to explore the use of trills, for instance, and the placement of whole tones and then a space chord--ideas you do not find in the exercise books."
During the 1960s and 1970s, he toured and recorded extensively with Sun Ra, who influenced him greatly until Ra's death in 1993.
He has lived in San Jose, California since 1972. THis interview is in two parts sit back and enjoy my conversdation with trumpeter Eddie Gale
Songs in Order 1, Children of Peace 2, Understanding 3, Fulton Street 4, Meditation on World
For all information and contact his web-site www.eddiegalemusic.com
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