Born: June 5, 1954 Primary Instrument: Piano
Jazz pianist and educator Gerard D’Angelo has worked and toured with many jazz icons such as Anat Cohen, Gary Smulyan, Steve LaSpina, Joey Baron, Vincent Herring, Nat Adderley, John Patitucci, Chris Potter, Dick Oats, Lou Marini, Victor Jones, Buddy Williams, Mark Murphy, Jeff Hirshfield, Victor Lewis, Elliot Zigmund, Jay Anderson, Hilary Cole, Lainie Kazan, George Anders, Bucky Pizzarelli, Red Rodney, Mel Lewis, Ira Sullivan, Zoot Sims, Ira Sullivan, Georgie Auld, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and many more. His compositions have been recorded by Nat Adderley, Vincent Herring, Ted Shumate, and Larry Willis. And interestingly enough, he also worked with famed American actor and comedian Billy Crystal in 1974.
D’Angelo was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He studied with Charlie Banacos, Lennie Tristano, Sophia Rosoff, Jaki Byard, and John Kamitsuka at Five Towns College where he received his Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Composition and Performance.
From 2004 to 2009, D'Angelo was musical director and pianist for Tony Award winning Broadway Theatre actor Brian Stokes Mitchell. During their time working together, D'Angelo performed alongside the National Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony, under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch, and with the Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. Most recently, D’Angelo’s arrangement was featured in the New York Philharmonic’s “A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell” in December 2013.
D’Angelo currently teaches privately and as a core faculty member at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Manhattan School of Music. His impressive teaching roster boasts many notable musicians (both privately and in the classroom environment) including Robert Glasper, Manuel Valera, Anat Cohen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Becca Stevens, Marcus Strickland, EJ Strickland, Fabian Almazan, and Christian Sands, among others.
D’Angelo’s teaching career reaches far beyond the conventional music scene. In 2011, he taught acclaimed American actor Ben Stiller for his lead role as a pianist in the Broadway revival of John Guare's “House of Blue Leaves”.
New York, NY
Teaches privately and is a core faculty member at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Manhattan School of Music.