Eddie Gale

born on 15/8/1941 in New York City, NY, United States

died on 10/7/2020

Links www.eddiegale.com (English)

Eddie Gale

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Eddie Gale (b. Brooklyn, New York, August 15, 1941)[1] is an American trumpeter known for his work in free jazz, especially with the Sun Ra Arkestra.


Early in life, he studied trumpet with Kenny Dorham. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Larry Young, and Elvin Jones, and performed with John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, and Illinois Jacquet.

In the early 1960s he was introduced to Sun Ra by drummer Scoby Stroman. He spent many hours exposed to Sun Ras 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."[2]

During the 1960s and 1970s, he toured and recorded extensively with Sun Ra, who influenced him greatly until Ra's death in 1993.[3]

He has lived in San Jose, California since 1972.

Helping to bring jazz into the 21st century, the trumpeter made numerous appearances with Oakland hip-hop outfit The Coup, whereby Gale's trumpet could be heard engaging with the music's breakbeats and turntables.[3] In the late 1990s Eddie Gale also held regular creative music workshops at the Black Dot Cafe a grassroots performance space in Oakland ran by artist/activist Marcel Diallo and his Black Dot Artists Collective.


As Leader

  • 1968: Ghetto Music (Blue Note)
  • 1969: Black Rhythm Happening (Blue Note)
  • 1992: A Minute with Miles
  • 2004: Afro Fire
  • 2007: Joint Happening w/Mushroom (Hyena Records)

As Sideman

With Sun Ra

  • Lanquidity (Saturn, 1978)

With Cecil Taylor

  • Unit Structures (Blue Note, 1966)

With Larry Young

  • Of Love and Peace (Blue Note, 1969)


  1. Kennedy, Gary (2002). Gale, Eddie Barry Kernfeld The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2, 2nd, p. 4-5, New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc..
  2. Eddie Gale Fact Sheet
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eddie Gale at All Music Guide

External links

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