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John Serry

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: January 19, 1954    

John Serry (b. 1954) was nominated for a Grammy [Best Instrumental Arrangement] for his composition, Sabotage, on his debut album, “Exhibition” (Chrysalis, 1979). His second album, “Jazziz” (Chrysalis, 1980), received 4 stars in Downbeat, feature review of the month in Keyboard magazine and it inspired the naming of JAZZIZ magazine by its publisher. In 1995, John was awarded the Grand Prize in the JAZZIZ magazine Keyboards on Fire pianist/composer competition (Dave Brubeck and Bob James, judges; grand piano from Steinway.) John Serry's CD, “Enchantress” (Telarc, 1996), was well received: “He has a strong sense of melody, his touch is confident, his ideas are sensible and his playing is beautifully controlled “ —Downbeat “What a pleasure to find that he is back, still turning out charts that turn heads by turning corners.” —Keyboard. Serry has performed at Birdland, the Blue Note, the Montreux Festival, the 606 Club (London), Covent Garden (featured on BBC “Jazz Legends Live”), Steinway Hall and numerous festivals, clubs and venues in the U.S and abroad. Players which have appeared in his groups and recordings include John Riley, Peter Erskine, Carlos Vega, Anthony Jackson, Jimmy Johnson, Bob Sheppard, Gerry Niewood, Ted Nash, Mike Sembello, and Barry Finnerty, among others. His new album, The Shift (2013, SPCo Records), with his London quartet, Dave O'Higgins - sax, Mark Mondesir - drums, Sam Burgess - bass / Mike Mondesir - elec. bass, is available at CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/johnserry), iTunes, Amazon.com and the Music Store at www.facebook.com/johnserry1. Free download of the first track, Pockets, at https://www.dropbox.com/s/t1ti19w39a8jkwu/1.%20POCKETS%20mp3.mp3. Listen to album excerpts at www.facebook.com/johnserry1 (Music Store), www.myspace.com/johnserry and http://cdbaby.com/cd/johnserry. “Serry returns to the studio in top form on The Shift (SPCo)...The leadoff track,“Pockets,” our selection, showcases the ensemble’s esprit de corps, as they wend their way through the lilting composition. Serry’s playing is as colorful and expressive as ever.” —JAZZIZ magazine (Summer 2013 issue). John has lived in Europe since 2004 - London, Spain, Prague, Germany, Italy....
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Awards

Grand Prize, JAZZIZ magazine Keyboards on Fire pianist/composer competition (Dave Brubeck, Bob James judges; grand piano from Steinway, 1995.) Grammy Nomination (Best Instrumental Arrangement for his composition, Sabotage) "Exhibition" LP (Chrysalis, 1979.) 4 stars in Downbeat,"Jazziz" LP(Chrysalis, 1980, also feature review of the month in Keyboard magazine and was the inspiration for the naming of JAZZIZ magazine by publisher Michael Fagien.) Best Pianist, Best Composer/Arranger for a Small Group and Best Combo (in Auracle), 1975 Notre Dame Jazz Festival - Jack DeJohnette, Sonny Rollins, et al, judges. Third Prize (tied with Michael Udow), 1985 Percussive Arts Society composition contest, Concerto for Percussion Brass and Percussion. New York State Regents, Eastman School of Music and Long Island Youth Orchestra scholarship recipient.
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Featured recording “The Shift”

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The Shift

SPCo Records (2013)

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”He has a strong sense of melody, his touch is confident, his ideas are sensible and his playing is beautifully controlled “ —Downbeat

“What a pleasure to find that he is back, still turning out charts that turn heads by turning corners.” —Keyboard.

“Serry returns to the studio in top form on The Shift (SPCo)...The leadoff track,“Pockets,” our selection, showcases the ensemble’s esprit de corps, as they wend their way through the lilting composition. Serry’s playing is as colorful and expressive as ever.” —JAZZIZ magazine.

“Serry's fleet fingered runs on songs like the jaunty catchy “Dyt It” are both technically impressive and subtle...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundJohn Serry has presented clinics, courses and lessons in piano, percussion, composing / arranging, improvisation, jazz theory, film scoring, MIDI, and the music business. He has performed, taught and coached ensembles at Juilliard, Peabody, Musicians Institute, NYU, City College (NYC), Queens College, Brooklyn College, SUNY Binghamton, Univ. of Wisconsin, Univ. of S. Carolina (Director of Jazz), Wichita State Univ. (2 residencies), and the Royal Academy of Music (London). He has degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MM and BM with Distinction).

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