Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Gale, Eddie, trumpeter, composer, educator; b. Brooklyn, NY, 15 August 1941. Gale's musical career began in Brooklyn, NY where at an early age he listened to gospel and blues and marched in parades playing bugle for his local Boy Scout troop. His serious jazz education started with trumpet legend Kenny Dorham who introduced him to the after hour jam sessions and wood-shedding where he had the opportunity to sit in with many jazz masters like Cedar Walton, Wilbur Ware, Art Taylor, Art Blakely, Max Roach, Jackie McLean, Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Stitt, Cecil Payne, Scoby Stroman, Wynton Kelly, and Randy Weston, to name a few. Eddie quickly absorbed the lessons of the masters and his trumpet heroes; 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.
Then came the "New Thing" by John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, and Archie Shepp. Gale was introduced to Sun Ra by drummer Scoby Stroman. Eddie found Sun Ra very intriguing and he spent many hours exposed to Sun Ra"s philosophy about music and life. Eddie went on to record and tour with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and Larry Young as well as sitting in with John Coltrane on many occasions. Coltrane had a profound impact on Eddie both spiritually and musically. Eddie missed the opportunity to be on the legendary "Ascension" recording, due to his family commitments at the time. Eddie was working the proverbial "day job" and gigging at night which put a big strain on him and his family, but was encouraged by John Gilmore to "stick with it". Eddie did, and had the opportunity of a lifetime at the Half Note club where Gale and John Gilmore played with Coltrane on a set that featured Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison.
In 1968 legendary producer Francis Wolff heard Eddie and signed him to Blue Note Records. Eddie"s signature use of the vocal ensemble in a jazz context continues to be an important part of his music today. In the early 1970"s Eddie moved to California where he became an artist-in-residence at Stanford University. He then moved to San Jose where he began a Liberal Arts program with an emphasis on music at San Jose State University and received the honorary title San Jose's Ambassador of Jazz.
Currently, Eddie is Artist in Residence at San Jose State University. He continues to perform and record. His appearance at the Brooklyn Jazz Festival marks his first time back in Brooklyn since the 1970"s.
Eddie and his trumpet appeared in PC Magazines for an Epson 720dpi printer advertisement (over 1 million sold, 1994).
Eddie Gale"s Ghetto Music (1968); Black Rhythm Happening with Elvin Jones (1969); Ghetto Summertime (1969); Live in San Jose (1987); Quiet Times and Inner Peace (1989); Live at the Knitting Factory (1990); Rapping for Peace (1996); African Sunshine (1976); A Minute with Miles (1993); Quiet Times Inner Peace Orchestra (1995); Water Cave Blue (1997); In Love Again (2003); Compilations: A Tribute to Sun Ra (1994), Rare Grooves (1997)
Sun Ra: Secrets of the Sun (1965), Lanquidity (1978), The Other Side of the Sun (1978), On Jupiter (1979); Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures (1966); Larry Young: Of Love and Peace (1966)
High Tech Emergency video (Professor Video, received a Tino Award, 1984); Through Unseen Places, an award winning video (poetry by Tony Gomez, music by Eddie Gale)
Films and television:
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)
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)