Primary Instrument: Piano
PIANIST, EDUCATOR, ARRANGER, PRODUCER, Leader of Gerard Hagen Trio
Pianist GERARD HAGEN lives in Paris France with his wife, vocalist Leslie Lewis. In 1995 while living in California he formed his trio with bassist DOMENIC GENOVA and JERRY KALAF drums. Their recordings have received international radio airplay, critical acclaim and have been distributed in the U.S. as well as Japan and Europe. Gerard has performed extensively including venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York, Paris and London.
RECORDINGS - Producer/Arranger/Pianist
Gerard is active as an arranger, producer as well as musical director for vocalist Leslie Lewis. Her debut recording Of Two Minds was released on the SSL label in Japan and received 5 stars in Swing Journal magazine. Keeper Of The Flame was featured on SiriusXM Radio as well as several nationally syndicated radio shows....
... Gerard Hagen is a well known giant on the west coast ... A trio that can swing, like this is always a good bet for a great musical evening, ... It's groups like this that keep jazz alive. —Larry Routt WOBO Radio Cincinnati
An excellent modern mainstream pianist, Hagen, who is influenced by Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan but mostly sounds like himself, ... although Hagen has impressive technique, he uses it to serve the music -~Scott Yanow, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
“Gerard Hagen has produced a polished, lyrical sound in the Bill Evans tradition.” —George Fendel, JAZZSCENE
“The excellence of Hagen's work on “Stay Tuned” is of such a high level that one would have expected him to be better known beyond the West Coast.” —Bill Donaldson, JAZZ IMPROV
“Hagen has a special way with the piano that sets him apart from today's young lions. He is gently respectful of melody, avoiding pianistic gymnastics and chord bashing.” —Dave Nathan, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Hagen, soloed deftly, his lines moving gracefully in and out of the composition's subtle corners. — Zan Stewart, LOS ANGELES TIMES