Posted by Valerie Mih on August 8, 2020
Eddie Gale's Online Music Memorial:
Posted by Jeff Paul on August 4, 2020

Silicon Alleys: Eddie Gale, a Mainstay In San Jose's Jazz Scene, Played Outside the Box
Eddie Gale became San Jose's official Ambassador of Jazz in 1974, but friends said he stayed humble
July 22, 2020 by Gary Singh
'PUNK ROCK JAZZER': Eddie Gale became San Jose's official Ambassador of Jazz in 1974, but friends said he stayed humble. File photo
In 1974, Mayor Norm Mineta named Eddie Gale, "San Jose's Ambassador of Jazz." No one deserved that moniker more than Gale.

Gale, who died July 10 at age 78, gigged with Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, to name but a few. Originally from Brooklyn, he lived in downtown San Jose for decades, setting up shop on Sixth Street near SJSU, around the corner from Peanut's Cafe.

His wife, Georgette, worked on campus for a long time. Anyone who passed through the jazz programs at SJSU during the last 40 years either knew Gale, played in a band with him, talked shop with him or enjoyed the peacenik vibes of a legendary yet humble performer.

As a jazzman, Eddie was not a wine-and-cheese dude. He was old-school, seasoned, cosmic and gruff in all the best ways—the kind of authentic cat you didn't see around here very much, and won't ever see again.

Hearing him spin yarns and philosophize about jazz, life, creativity, ghettos, cops, the '60s and Sun Ra was like listening to a glorious free improv jam—like Socrates meets Miles meets quantum mechanics. Hanging with Gale was a zonked-out, spiritual ride that straddled numerous trajectories, yet always managed to come back around the lamppost and return to the same zip code. You either kept up or you didn't.

Longtime downtowner Dennis Kyne, a combat veteran, was right at Eddie's side for nearly 20 years, not just musically as a guitarist in Gale's various bands, but also personally. "He was like a stepdad to me," Kyne said.

Gale introduced Kyne to the free improv world in late 2001, when Gale was on a grant to teach at SJSU. He led classes on campus all day, sometimes randomly picking out students and throwing them into a band. Kyne was converted right there and then.

"I immediately was drawn to his improvisation and his free jazz and the way he spaces the place as Sun Ra taught him, because that's how I always was in those [kind of] bands," Kyne said. "I was always getting thrown out of the class when I was a kid because I wouldn't play along with 'one-ie and a two-ie and a three-ie.'"

There was an understanding between the two men, Kyne said.

"He let me be free," he said. "I didn't have to play inside the box anymore when I got with him."

Though some continue to debate whether art can really have any effect at creating true social change, Gale always believed it could. It was a huge part of what he talked about. He never stopped believing that creativity could fuel unity and solidarity and he would talk anyone into joining his bands to help the cause.

As such, in his last few decades, Gale spent much of his energy focusing on youth, music education, social justice and global change. He continued to stage concerts with his Inner Peace Orchestra, gigs he took to numerous venues all over San Jose, from churches to auditoriums, always raising money for the hungry and lifting the spirits of the traumatized and downtrodden.

"Everything he played was about making sure that his music really symbolized something and meant something," Kyne said. "He wasn't chasing the club gig anymore, and not even really chasing the festival much. He had a really, really intense purpose, which was to promote world peace and inner peace to people like me."

That doesn't mean the old jazz legend is made of money. Gale still had to go out and peddle CDs at his gigs, just like the younger folks.

"He ran a merch table, just like we did at the DIY shows," Kyne said, remembering his own youth playing in punk bands. "That's why I was so into him. I'm like, 'Man, you're running a merch table. Your wife's got the merch table and we're on stage.' It was like being a punk rock jazzer."
Posted by Tee Watts on July 30, 2020

Poem On the Passing of Eddie Gale;
(A Jazz Father of the Sons of Bop)

Edward Gale Stevens, Jr. (1941-2020)

a brooklynite bopper to be of the geechee/gullah bloodline
the bugle called you from the cub scout climb
learned how to march, learned how to play
how to doowop, dance, and blow in and out of the fray.

beholden of Jazz culture’s battlefield code
university of the bandstand became a chop-heavy load
you swung with cats only poets and mothers cannot forget
Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Larry Young, Trane, and Jacquet

inner peace was your grease
a balm toward making all bombs cease
sonic elixir spewed forth from your horn of plentiful worth
the knell sounds the dirge as you exit this earth

now we kneel and bemoan your precious ascension
to the gate of the heavenly convention
your children of bop still hear you Master Gale
as you join our ancestors to forever wail

© 2020 Thurman J. Watts
Posted by Todd Giovannoni on July 25, 2020
I will truly miss you Eddie. I was an honor to be your friend. I was fortunate to watch you perform many, many times, and grab a little of that magic that you spread. One of the greatest moments of my life was sharing the stage with you and Dennis.
Thank you for the love and inspiration. 
My condolences and love to the family.
Posted by Dennis Kyne on July 24, 2020
We rode together nearly two decades. I will always be most proud of my time as your side man. Most appreciative of you stretching me beyond my own expectations of myself. I saw so many come and go on your “University of the band stand.” You touched, developed and inspired more than we can ever count. I love you and will tell them, “I’m Eddie Gale’s guitar player,” until the end.  Inner peace.
Posted by Steve McAulay on July 18, 2020
Im so blessed to have known Eddie and actually been able to play with him a few times. I would often see Eddie walking the campus of San Jose State University, I knew he was a legend and one day approached. He was so kind. The 3 times I was able to jam with him and his band was a highlight I will forever be thankful for. RIP Eddie Gale, a legend in so many ways. I will always hear your songs.
Posted by John Farley on July 18, 2020
Uncle Eddie, I will forever be grateful for the impact you have had in my musical and spiritual life. You have not only encouraged my own musical growth, but also taught me what it means to give back by creating spiritual connections through music. I will always treasure the wonderful memories of us huddled next to my keyboard, working on musical ideas, or just jamming. I know you are enjoying life in the hereafter, and playing your trumpet in the Great Concert Above.
Posted by Mark Farley on July 18, 2020
Eddie shared his life with all who needed inner peace through his love of music, people and through giving youth a beacon to navigate to and from. He often referred to it as the blood of life. I will truly miss my brother-in-law, friend, and God's inner peace ambassador.
Posted by Chris Cortez on July 17, 2020
I feel very fortunate and blessed to have known the great Eddie Gale. His deep love for all people and his unrelenting creative spirit has always stuck with me and has given me hope for humanity. Eddie always spoke of uniting people and helping others through his music and his works were important and far reaching. I watched him guide legions of young musicians mentoring them while inpspiring them to express themselves freely without fear. The maestro has transitioned on but his spirit and love remains. I send my heartfelt condolences to his beautiful children and wife and muse Georgette. Inner Peace to you all.
Posted by Jeff Paul on July 17, 2020
from today's New York Times

Eddie Gale, Deeply Spiritual Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 78
Posted by Dante James on July 16, 2020
Praise God for Eddie!

Eddie was and is one of the men from a time
and period in our music when this artform of jazz was changing and developing into another one of our people's greatest treasures and gifts to the world, a time when giants in our music existed.

He was one of "The Cats", as evidence by whom he recorded and shared the stage with: Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Sun Ra, John Handy, Kid Jordan and Prince Lashay, to name a few of the great musicians who were Eddie's musical colleagues and contemporaries.

Eddie had tremendous sound and intensity and power in his playing. He played with Elvin, who was pulled by John and other cats with incredible sound.

You could here this power in Eddie's sound. You could certainly feel it if you shared the stage with him.

Eddie gave me my first break as a drummer and jazz musician in San Jose, Ca. He gave me an example and taught me what you need to have to play at the highest level and always told me the truth.

He would talk to me about Elvin and Blakey and Max and how they responded musically in our music of call and response. He would also transfer psychically on stage the fierceness and intensity of the musical period that he came out of.

"Keep your eyes open Dante, keep your eyes open so you can see me!" "Watch for my cues Dante!" and yes the exclamation points portray his intensity when speaking these words to me.

I would ask him, "Pops, is this it?" when playing drums and if it wasn't he would look me in the eyes and say "No!!!". Then when my drumming was happening he would "You was hitting on that Fillmore stage Dante, that was it, that was it!".

From this I knew he loved me and wanted me to get to the highest level possible, because he spoke the truth to me, regardless of my feelings, he did not care about that, he cared about my growth and me getting to the highest level musically. He would point to his ear like Miles.:)

Eddie would teach me about sound and he would always beat into me these concepts: "It's the turning Dante, the tuning of those drums", "This is about sound Dante", and "You gotta dance on those drums! You gotta dance!, look at Elvin Dante, look at Elvin! He dances on the drums" and then Eddie would move his hands upper body showing me. "Like This!". "Yeah, that's it" or "No, that ain't it!!", "Like This!". He was always intense about it. Trumpet and drums, a pair.

Eddie was a very spiritual man who talk to me about spirituality and where we fit in the whole scheme of things, This, you can hear in his sound and music! He was constantly pushing me musically which IS spiritually!

When hearing him explode with trills on stage and pulling rolls and more words out of me with his power, I was transported to another space and time. At the time i could not put it into words, but as time has passed I have come to understand deeper what he transferred to me.

I am continuing in the tradition and lineage of what he allowed me to take a step into that day in the place that he was from. He gave me my first chance. I am part of his lineage.

May all of his family and family of friends and musicians know that Eddie changed this Earth we are travelling on for the better.

Praise God for Eddie!:)
Posted by Mary Brownridge on July 14, 2020
Love your music 
Posted by David Ballesteros on July 14, 2020
There are giver's and takers in life.
Eddie Gale was a giver.
So sorry to hear he passed.
I loved everything he and Georgette worked for. Eddie Gale inspired many young music students in East San Jose, including my son his friends and the whole Bay Area and beyond.
Eddie Gale will not be forgotten.
Posted by Eric Marshall on July 14, 2020
My condolences to Georgette and family. Having the opportunity to play music with and know Eddie over the years has been a blessing and an education. Not only musically, but as an example of generosity and a beautiful spirit. On the stage Eddie had a powerful and unique voice and he brought a vision forth from the groups he assembled. Through the concerts for world peace, to the horn giveaways and ongoing support for young people I learned about the generosity and true spirit of giving Eddie and Georgette always championed. Thank you for everything Eddie and inner peace to all. Love sent
Posted by V Y on July 13, 2020
Condolences to Georgette and the entire family. God’s comfort and blessings to all. Eddie was an amazing and miraculous talent and man! We have been gifted with his music which will live on forever as will beloved memories of him. Thank you Mr. Gale, RIP.
Posted by André Custodio on July 13, 2020
Eddie was able to bridge the inner-light to shine it upon the world. RIP, beautiful brother. Your life and music are a beacon. You will not be forgotten.

My condolences to family and friends.
Posted by Alisa Clancy on July 13, 2020
I'm so sorry Georgette--love to you and your family! I can still hear Eddie's lovely, distinctive voice, always with a smile, "Inner Peace to You!" It was a pleasure to know him. His love and craft lives on in hundreds of students who called him Maestro.
Posted by Tony Adamo on July 13, 2020
RIP Eddie Gale...
I knew Eddie G while I lived in Santa Clara, Ca. Eddie lived across the street from San Jose State. I wrote the words to the song about Eddie Gale after visiting him many times in his home. Eddie was an old skool throwback to jazz. A big heart and groovin' soul. Mr. G, you will be missed. Go into the universe of joyful jazz music.
Tony Adamo
Gale Blowin' High
Posted by Karl Evangelista on July 12, 2020
The night I met Eddie Gale, he wasn't even performing - he was helping to facilitate a performance at Velma's in San Francisco. My friend and bandleader, Lewis Jordan, alerted me to Eddie's presence. What I recall most fondly about this first encounter was just how generous Eddie was with his time, meeting my rambling adoration of his back catalog with a battery of anecdotes, fond remembrances, and humorous asides.

We would continue this exchange over the course of the next few years. I’ve said this elsewhere, but I mean it: over the course of one’s lifetime as a musician, it’s unusual to have the opportunity to work with more than one or two of your childhood heroes. My association with Eddie happened toward the beginning of my professional career, and he made the world of free jazz - this universe with which I had an all-consuming, if abstract, obsession - accessible and real to me.

Here was an opportunity to work with someone who had waxed records with Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra, who had exchanged sonic blows with Elvin Jones and Larry Young, and who essayed two of the most forward-thinking, and quietly influential, LPs in the “classic” Blue Note catalog.

Though I hadn’t seen or spoken with Eddie in some time, the news of his passing hit me incredibly hard. Though at the time we had had our share of disagreements regarding transitory things like artistic direction and organization, I now look back on my tenure with Eddie and recognize the surpassing uniqueness of his approach to music. He was an auteur. In world that proffers *so few* opportunities for people to make music that speaks with honesty and without compromise, Eddie had found a way to be nothing other than himself. This is no insignificant thing.

I’ll continue to think of him each time I try to make music that speaks with a voice that is its own.

It’s a passé thing to say in some quarters, but Eddie Gale will Rest In Power. That’s the kind of cat he was.
Posted by Jeff Paul on July 12, 2020
Eddie and Georgette - great people... over 25 years of service to the community through the Concerts for World Peace and the Peace Poetry Contests - in various venues... promoting peace, poetry, music, empowering youth... Eddie will be greatly missed - great guy - and thank you Georgette and family for all that you do and have done for so many... in gratitude - always and in all ways
Posted by Donna Tuffuor-Barnes on July 12, 2020
His music will live on, even if he is not physically here.  The sounds of his trumpet will invite one to look at him, listen to the music and gain some of that inner peace he shared with the world.  I Love you dad. I will truly miss you. 
           Your daughter Donna
Posted by Bill Leikam on July 12, 2020
What can I say? Eddie was not only a consummate musician of the highest order but he was also a kind, a caring and loving human being. I have to say that it was a Hallmark in my life to be able to work with Eddie, to produce one of his great albums "In Love Again" and just simply to be his friend. And then there's Georgette, his wife. She holds a place here too for the two of them worked tirelessly together as a team. There just aren't words that can capture how I feel knowing that my friend Eddie Gale has passed. 

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