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Gerard Hagen

Primary Instrument: Piano

Gerard Hagen

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....
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What critics say ... ” ... command of his instrument and self-assurance are evident ... along with an appreciation for melody and an ability to swing. Far Horizons is an exciting debut for a gifted pianist and his accomplished trio.” —Ken Borgers KKJZ Radio Long Beach, CA

“... 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

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