Primary Instrument: Piano
New York based Pianist, Composer, and Educator Jarrett Cherner was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After completing degrees in Mathematics at Tufts University (2003, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Jazz Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music (2004), he returned to the west coast, becoming “one of the most exciting young pianist-composers on the Bay Area scene (San Jose Mercury News, 2007).
While based in San Francisco, Cherner performed with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Collective West Jazz Orchestra, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Kasey Knudsen Sextet, Fred Randolph Quintet, Terrence Brewer, Orquesta Bakan (among many others), and ran one of the city’s best weekly jazz jam sessions at Grant & Green in North Beach.
Cherner has toured nationally and internationally, performing at venues such as Yoshi’s (Oakland, CA), Jazz at Pearl’s (San Francisco), Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA), JazzZone (Lima, Perú), Jamboree (Barcelona, Spain), La Ve Lee (Los Angeles, CA), Ryles Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA), Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), Smalls (New York, NY), Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY), and festivals including Festival de Jazz Lima (Perú), San Francisco Jazz Festival (CA), San Jose Jazz Festival (CA), Fillmore Jazz Festival (CA), Sonoma Jazz Festival (CA), and the Cape Cod Jazz Festival (MA).
In 2005 Cherner recorded his first album as a leader, Burgeoning, featuring his compositions (which received an honorable mention from the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards) and the talented team of Jorge Roeder on bass and Jorge Pérez-Albela on drums.
Cherner is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studies with Jason Moran. Previous teachers have included Danilo Pérez, Michael Cain, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Bloom, & Warren Senders.
As an educator, Cherner has been on the faculty at the New York Jazz Academy (2009-present), the San Jose Summer Jazz Workshop (2007 & 2008), the Jazzschool’s Summer Youth Program (2006), Music Maker School (2004-2005), the Talented and Gifted Hispanic summer program at UMass Boston (2003), and Summerbridge San Francisco (2002) in addition to maintaining a private studio.
Awards:2005/2006 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards, Honorable Mention.
-Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News, 8/07
A lyrical player who sounds thoughtful even when playing an uptempo piece, Jarrett Cherner clearly has a bright future. His compositions are quite original (rather than being based on familiar chord changes), his improvising hints in spots at Bill Evans but is personal, and his interplay with his trio finds the three musicians often seeming to think as one.
-Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene 1/07
Cherner’s music tells a story. He moves suite-like through the works, pausing to change direction often. A portion of the program explains the Blues, while other sections interpret passionate ballad emotions or hard-driving soul. The album’s title track includes a lyrical conversation between piano and bass that speaks volumes through its adventurous foray and its ample spontaneity.
-Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine, 11/06
Tracks: Theme; Shake The Cage, Stand Your Own; Untitled; Burgeoning; Sucker Punch; Somebody Quietly.
Personnel: Jarrett Cherner, piano; Jorge Roeder, acoustic & electric bass; Jorge Pérez-Albela, drums & percussion.
As A Side Musician
Tracks: Hypersolace; Nomad; Fleeting; Puffin's Dance; End's End.
Personnel: Brian Scherman, alto sax & effetcs; Jarrett Cherner, keyboards; Adam Clark, drums & handsonic.
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