Eddie Gale's Bio
Musician, trumpeter, composer, publisher, recording artist, and band leader. Director of the Inner Peace (student and professional) Orchestra. Facilitator of Music Improv Workshops. 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 Official 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
Classic jazz to free jazz and beyond.
Jazz History Books/Historical Recordings:
Trumpet Kings written by Scott Yanow (2002), Jazz Styles written by Mark C. Gridley, Rhythm-a-Thing by Gary Giddins, and Space is the Place by John Szed. Eddie Gale appears in the book and recording of the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz with piano great Cecil Taylor.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles:
Gale has received critical acclaim throughout the years: Amsterdam News, Huffington Post, New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes Magazine, ChronArts Magazine, California Jazz Now, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Mercury News, Metro, Jet Magazine, Cadence, Candada’s Coda Magazine, Signal to Noise, The Recorder (Vacaville), Kentucky Times and Columns of Leigh Weimer (San José) and Herb Caan (San Francisco).
2016 NBC Bay Area Proud. 2006 CBS 5 (San Francisco) Jefferson Award for community service in the arts.
Sankofa Award from the California Arts Council for 25 years of service in the arts in California training youth and adults in music.
City Flight Magazine nomination for “Most Influential African-American in the Bay Area 2000”.
Appears in “Who’s Who in California” and “Who’s Who in the World”
Among the Best Jazz Recordings 1992 for “A Minute with Miles” recording, New York Village Voice.
Received special recognition by Northern California Sickle Cell Youth Camp, Economic and Social Opportunities, Inc., San José State Student Emergency Fund, Delta Sigma Theta Annual Sickle Fundraiser, City of San José Bicentennial Committee, Santa Clara County Black Firefighters, South San José Optimist Club, Mayfair Neighborhood Council, Proclamation from Office of the Mayor Tom McEnery, and Commendation from Office of the Mayor Susan Hammer and others.
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).
New York Community Involvement:
In New York, worked with the Youth Leadership Institute (Youth In Action Program) and served on Congressman Adam Clayton Powell’s Youth Committee, New York Police Athletics League and as Queens Jazz Society Director.
Originator and producer of the Annual Concerts for Inner Peace in America and the World (nearly 20 years), Students for World Peace, We’re Jaazzed Youth/Adult Jazz Festivals, Drum Night and Jazz on Wheels.
Annual Concerts for Inner Peace in America and the World, Silicon Planet and Compaq Center for Applied Materials, Rolm Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, Norm Mineta’s 10th year in Congress anniversary celebration—for Mayors Norm Mineta, Janet Gray Hayes, Tom McEnery, and Susan Hammer, Louie Bellson’s San José wedding reception, San José’s Bicentennial Celebration, opening of Lake Cunningham Park, off-Broadway performance in “The Shower”, Eastridge Mall, Vallco Mall, Tapestry in Talent, Monterey Jazz Festival, New York Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival/in the Haag, San José Earth Day celebration, National Conference of Community and Justice 75th year celebration, Santa Clara Valley Black Engineers., New York Jazz Mobile, Carnegie Recital Hall, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Staten Island University, Stanford University, Berkeley Jazz Festival, musical director and performer for the “North Train”-at SJSU Theatre, San Francisco-Oakland Alternative Music Festival, Yoshi’s Japanese Restaurant and Jazz Club, Kimball’s East, Maritime Hall (San Francisco), DeAnza Hotel Hedley Club, Sista’s Cultural Center (Brooklyn, NY), CBGB’ (Manhattan, New York), 21 Grand Gallery (Oakland), and San Francisco State.
Music score for “Designer’s Approach” by New York Filmmaker Malcolm Whitman. Independent film award for music score in “Through Unseen Places”, Tony Gomez. Tito Video Award for “High Tech Emergency-Silicon Valley Suite”. Cameo with band performance in South Korean movie “The Project”. First television commercial for San Francisco Jazz Society promoting the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Cameo appearance in “Minute Matrimony” which received San Francisco International Film Festival award. Christmas video for children which were donated to local hospitals. Music score for the American Cancer Society “Preventing Prostate Cancer”.
Magazine Commercial Appearance: International photo advertisement for Epson printer 720i for PC Magazine.