About the Jazz Society of Ecuador

The Jazz Society of Ecuador is a volunteer society of musicians, music teachers, and jazz enthusiasts whose purpose is to present live jazz performances throughout Ecuador. Currently, there are over 2,100 active members of which over 900 live in Cuenca. The Jazz Society of Ecuador was founded and is underwritten by New York pianist, Jim Gala (www.jimgala.com).

Mission Statement
“To add jazz to the cultural assets of Ecuador, to educate and nurture aspiring Ecuadorian musicians in the art of improvisation, to create a venue for them to perform before a live audience, to promote jazz events and festivals throughout Ecuador, and to welcome musicians from other countries to participate in our mission while enjoying the unique beauty and charm of Ecuador.”

JSE Achievements
During the past five years, The Jazz Society of Ecuador provided Cuenca, Guayaquil, & Quito with over 1000 live jazz performances, and has presented, and promoted over 100 Ecuadorian musicians. The Jazz Society of Ecuador also provides free musical instruction in the art of improvisation to Ecuadorian music students and compensation to those who perform at our live events.

The Jazz Society of Ecuador is helping Cuenca to become regarded internationally as “The Greenwich Village of Ecuador”, and more and more American, Canadian, European, and Asian tourists are making their travel decisions based on the fact that Cuenca has a real, dynamic, and growing jazz scene.

Board of Directors
Jim Gala, Walt Szymanski (Quito), Francisco Echeverría (Guayaquil)

Reviews of Jim Gala

“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.  All I could do was let the music wash over me and accept its effect.  Jim is one of my musical idols.  He is a real soul man.  No one plays like him.  His musical philosophy, sensibility, and taste are impeccable.  He changed my life with his music.  I actually quote him often and wrote about him in my book.”  —J. R. Cain, Author, Jazz Anthologist, and pianist

“Cuenca is blessed to have such an artist in Jim Gala. I’ve played with some of the greats on both sides of the Atlantic, yet I have never heard such a transformative, unique jazz pianist as Jim Gala.  Simply put, he’s a true musical genius.”  —Bill Scott, Broadway Composer & Arranger

Honorary Directors
(Prominent jazz musicians who have endorsed The Jazz Society of Ecuador)
Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Charles Lloyd, Eddie Gomez, Charles McPhearson, John Patitucci, Joe La Barbara, Chuck Israels

The Jazz Society Café
The Jazz Society Café is the performance venue of The Jazz Society of Ecuador in Cuenca, Ecuador.

The Jazz Society Café located on the 2nd floor (upstairs) of La Viña Italian restaurant, 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca, Ecuador (map). La Viña provides the food & beverages using the same menu & prices as downstairs, and has a reputation for serving authentic Italian cuisine and pizza as the owner/chef is from Italy.

Days & Hours
The Café is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6:30pm to 10pm. The music begins at 7:30pm.

Reservations and our Schedule of Events
Email jazzsocietyofecuador@gmail.com to make a reservation and you will receive our weekly schedule of events.