Eddie Gale

Born: August 15, 1941    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Eddie Gale

EDDIE GALE was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941 where he recalls listening to gospel and blues with his family at an early age. As he remembers, “This was the beginning of my music career. I often participated in neighborhood singing groups where I developed a fondness for vocal ensembles.” GALE joined the marching band of the local scouting troop. There he learned to play the horn and marched in parades for many years. His early jazz education included trumpet lessons from the great KENNY DORHAM and others as well as serious woodshedding. There were many after-hour jam sessions where he had the opportunity to sit in with such musicians as Cedar Walton, Wilbur Ware, Art Taylor, Art Blakely, Max Roach, Jackie Maclean, Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Stitt, Cecil Payne, Matthew G, Scoby Stroman, Wynton Kelly, Randy Weston, Willie Jones And Pianist Errol Clark (who knew GALE from the BOY SCOUTS marching band). “I remember spending many hours with my friends who were into jazz music and we would listen to all the recordings that we could get our hands on. This is where I fell in love with the different trumpet styles such as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Webster Young AND Booker Little, and developed a fondness for Harry James, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker AND Bill Hardman. In the circle of musicians who I developed around, it was important to know how to jam on the tunes of MONK, MILES, CHARLIE PARKER, and SONNY ROLLINS, on and on, in order to be able to ‘sit in’. Then came the ‘new thing’ By John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Mingus, Archie Shepp, and Jackie Maclean. Max Roach turned me on to a gig which featured voices from my GHETTO MUSIC album. When I thanked him, he told me that I was one of the first musicians to ever thank him. One evening, SONNY ROLLINS and I stood looking out his window overlooking the city discussing music and the idea of playing together.”...
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  • WITH SUN RA (side man)
  • Secrets of the Sun (Saturn Records, 1965)
  • Lanquidity (Philly Jazz Records 1978)
  • The Other Side of the Sun (Sweet Earth Records, 1978)
  • On Jupiter (Saturn, 1979)
  • WITH CECIL TAYLOR (side man)
  • Unit Structures (Blue Note Records, 1966, Enter Evening included in the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz)
  • WITH LARRY YOUNG (side man)
  • Of Love and Peace (Blue Note Records, 1966)


  • Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music (Blue Note Records, 1968)
  • Black Rhythm Happening with Elvin Jones(Blue Note Records, 1969)
  • Ghetto Summertime (single 45, Blue Note Records, 1969)
  • Live in San Jose (Roof Top Records, 1987)
  • Quiet Times and Inner Peace (Roof Top Records, 1989)
  • Live at the Knitting Factory (Roof Top Records, 1990)
  • Rapping for Peace (single, Roof Top Records,1996)
  • High Tech Emergency video (Professor Video, received a Tino Award, 1984)
  • African Sunshine (single, Gross Records, 1976)
  • A Minute with Miles (Mapleshade Records, Best Jazz Records for 1993, NY Village Voice)
  • Water Cave Blue (new age jazz, In Music Records, 1997)
  • Quiet Times Inner Peace Orchestra (Life Force Records, 1995)
  • A Tribute to Sun Ra (compilation, Eddie Gale and John Tchicai on An Island in Space, plus various artists, Rastascan Records, 1994)
  • Rare Grooves (compilation, Black Rhythm Happening, Blue Note Records, 1997)
  • The Project movie for TV, (music and acting for Korean Broadcast Systems, filmed in- part in San Jose, CA, 1996)
  • San Francisco Jazz Festival’s First TV commercial (acting, 1995)
  • Through Unseen Places, an award winning video (poetry by Tony Gomez, music by Eddie Gale)
  • Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music was featured on the weekly Like It Is Show, on ABC Television, New York (1968)
  • Gale’s music was used in the short film Designer’s Approach by New York filmmaker Malcolm Whitman (late ‘60s)
  • Eddie and his trumpet appeared in PC Magazines for an Epson 720dpi printer advertisement (over 1 million sold, 1994)

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