I am very excited to announce my new CD "The Honeycomb" is out now on Fresh Sound New Talent Records
It features Johannes Weidenmueller and Mark Feber performing my new compositions


Congratulations to Owen Howard and Jim Head on their Juno  Award nominations (Canadian Grammy) for Drum Lore vol. 2 and Zoetrope. I am very happy to have been part of these projects and encourage everyone to get a copy.
Juno Awards





Matt Pavolka's Horns Band

Korzo, Brooklyn




Bobby Avey Quartet

Jazz Gallery, New York


Bobby Avey - piano John O'Gallagher - alto sax Thomson Kneeland - bass Jordan Perlson - drums



John O'Gallagher/Tony Malaby Duo

Michiko Studios, New York


John O'Gallagher - alto sax Tony Malaby - tenor sax



Billy Mintz Two Bass Band





Billy Mintz Two Bass Band

Smalls, New York




Jeff Williams Quartet

Smalls, New York


Jeff Williams - drums John O'Gallagher - alto sax Duane Eubanks - trumpet John Hebert -bass



Maine Jazz Camp

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Farmington, Maine



Press Highlights

"an alto saxophonist of dry tone and daring temperament" - The New York Times

"O'Gallagher is a force to be reckoned with both as a performer and as a composer." - Blogcritics.org

" a player with crisp articulation and intriguing ideas" - JazzTimes

"He is a leader in every sense of the word." - Jazz Review

"flat-out thrilling" - Cadence Magazine

"convincingly ferocious" - Downbeat

"John's music is a very hip classical music, in a way; since the bass and drums are playing more written functions. The whole conception of his composing is very special." - Lee Konitz

     The Honeycomb Hightlights

"... an artist thoroughly in tune with - and perhaps slightly ahead of - his musical times."
New York City Jazz Record

"Pushing the envelop as a trio without making it sound claustrophobic, the cats here have put in their 10,000 hours and are emerging as champs."
Midwest Record Review

"This is edgy music, played with a dangerous touch."
All About Jazz


Anton Webern Project Highlights


Best Album list of 2013 - The Blue Moment
Best Album list of 2013 - London Jazz

"Courageous stuff and easily the most innovative album of the year."
Marc Myers - JazzWax

"...an expert jazz adventure conducted with uninhibited respect."
The Guardian

"This music is addictive and beautiful, played with dedication and passion: challenging and intriguing, taking the jazz tradition on a step further into Schoenberg's 'emancipation of dissonance'." 
London Jazz News

"A synthesis of modern New York improvisation and serial technique; a muti-layered, artful music that always swings despite all the complexity and grooves.”
5 Stars, Nordwestschweiz (Switzerland)

"O' Gallagher has long been associated with 12-tone music and takes the bull by the horns by adapting eight Webern pieces for his sextet plus voice. O'Gallagher is both mathematical and creative with his approach, staying close to Webern's melodic intention while trying to pull out the music's internal essence...The Anton Webern Project contains a wealth of riches that pays off with multiple listens."
All About Jazz

"It's a thrilling ride...the chattering, very involving O’ Gallagher lead makes the music sufficiently distinctive, and on ‘The Secret Code’ he improvises superbly in one of his best solos of a fascinating and involving album."
4 Stars, Marlbank

"the lunatic jazz disc of the year, by far"
The Buffalo News