Jim Gala

The Jim Gala Trio: Live

Reprinted with permission from:
Life’s a Good Gig by John Cain
(an anthology of jazz musicians from different countries)
© 2007 Published by Enertia Publishing, San Diego, CA

“No one around plays like pianist Jim Gala. At first I couldn’t figure out what he was doing musically. I couldn’t analyze the music. It was just too beautiful and beyond my scope, and it went by so fast. All I could do was let the music wash over me and accept its effect.”

“Most modern or progressive jazz is like abstract art, like Picasso paintings. It can sound angular, cubist, way out and disjointed yet have interesting and pleasing colors and shapes. The Jim Gala Trio’s music was like impressionistic paintings; beautiful colors blurring and blending and the forms having soft edges. Yet they swung.”

“At this time, I was playing piano six nights a week …I was going through a phase where I felt like I’d lost my groove. I had lost my inspiration and fun about playing music. Hearing this trio’s music cleansed and regenerated my spirit. They were completely un-amplified and their music was beautiful. I was amazed. I became a listener of music again for the first time in years.”

“As I got to know him better, I asked him if he’d tutor me or give me some lessons. He would (say), ‘I might be able to sometime…maybe.’ And then…change the subject. I felt like he was the Zen Master who was making me, the student, wait outside the temple door in the snow for a year to see if I was really serious. After a few months with the band packing up, he fingered me to come over and stand behind him at the piano. ‘Listen to this’, he said. He played the first sixteen bars of the old standard, “My Foolish Heart”, and to me it sounded like Claude Monet’s painting, “Giverny Spring”. That was my first lesson.”

“Jim Gala had to see if I was receptive to his philosophy of music before he was going to (spend) time on me. He was interested in what kind of person I was more than how good a musician I was. I wanted to know how he was playing certain things, but he would only tell me why. It was all philosophical and allegorical. I was hoping for more (technical) information like “instead of going to the relative minor here, I’ll finger it this way and alter the bass note a half step and raise the fifth.”

“Jim Gala doesn’t think of himself as a great piano player. His main goal in piano is simply to create beauty."

Jim Gala Jazz Trio: “Zero Hour”

Reprinted with permission from:
Timothy Sullivan, DMA, Professor Emeritus Nazareth College of Rochester

“Jim Gala. Unmistakably Jim Gala was my internal expression when I heard the very first introduction on the trio CD, and then when the time came in—with such gorgeous bass playing— I felt a deep connection to this music, a deep familiarity. “I knew every note”…. that can’t be true of course, you must have gone on, it was probably an auditory illusion. But I know your touch well, your chosen arrangements of crescendo with increasingly turbulent texture followed by diminuendo and the subsiding into the placid place. Anyway it was great to hear, and will continue to be nice to hear.”
—Dr. Timothy Sullivan

“A master of beauty”
—Frank Pullara

Performance Calendar

Jazz Society Café
La Viña Restaurante @ 7:30 PM
5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo
Cuenca, Ecuador (map)
The Jim Gala Trio
Jazz Society of Ecuador


The Jim Gala Quartet: Emily (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Summertime / Someday My Prince Will Come / Lover Man

Jim Gala Quartet @ Art/Works Theater: Selections
Summertime / Someday My Prince Will Come / Lover Man

Contact / Booking

tel: 619.846.9253
email: jamesgala@yahoo.com