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Since basing himself in New York City in June of 2002, jazz organist, pianist, and accordionist Gary Versace has quickly become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene, often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Matt Wilson, Lee Konitz, Eliot Zigmund, Scott Wendholt, Joe Magnarelli, Danny Gottlieb, Seamus Blake, John Hollenbeck, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Ries and many others.

Versace was voted a “rising star” on the Hammond organ in the last three Downbeat critics polls, and was the subject of a feature article in the July 2004 issue of Keyboard magazine.

Versace has been a featured soloist on several critically acclaimed recordings of recent years: accordionist on Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning recordings “Concert in the Garden” and “Sky Blue” and as the pianist on John Hollenbeck's Grammy-nominated large ensemble recording, “A Blessing.”

Over the past five years, Versace has appeared as a leader for the Criss Cross and SteepleChase labels, and as a sideman on over 50 recordings with artists on various labels including Palmetto, ACT, Omnitone, Songlines, Pirouet, High Note, Justin Time, ArtistShare, Fresh Sound, Kind of Blue, and many others.

As a pianist, Versace performed in a two-piano recital with Marian McPartland, and in April of 1999 appeared on her acclaimed National Public Radio program, “Piano Jazz.” McPartland has called him “...endlessly inventive...(Versace) really has an extraordinary talent.”

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”...(Versace) has recently been making big noise around town (NYC) with his Hammond organ...” - The New Yorker.

“I love unusual harmony, and (Versace) has got some very thoughtful and different ideas about chord structure. He is endlessly inventive. He does a lot of fresh things - he really has an extraordinary talent.” - jazz pianist and NPR radio host Marian McPartland.

“...a star on the rise - clearly someone to watch...” - All About Jazz.

“Versace is a member of that new breed of organists extending the tradition in their own personal way.” - Cadence Magazine.

“...adventurous, joyous...Versace's very light, deft touch was featured sufficiently to showcase his wide ranging influences and phenomenal technique.” - Times Colonist (Victoria, B.C.)

“...his (Versace's) abstract sense of musical suggestion is continued evidence of a significant musical voice gaining ground at almost warp speed.” - John Kelman, All About Jazz.com

“Versace has the crystal clear technique of a classically trained musician combined with a mind for improvisational exploration...” - Willamette Week, Portland, OR.

“...over the course of the disc (Loren Stillman's 'It Could Be Anything', Fresh Sound Records), Versace's tasteful, in-control soloing vies with Stillman's for lyrical dominance.” - Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz: New York

“...'I Don't Need No Doctor,' highlighted by a wonderful exchange between Scofield and keyboardist Gary Versace...” -concert review, Casino de Lac Leamy - Gatineau, QC

“...organist Versace plays a key role in providing the provocative harmonies and throbbing, sub-harmonic textures that, together with (Dan) Weiss' driving beat, propel Rez (Abbasi) to new and adventurous heights on 'Snake Charmer.'” -Bill Milkowski, noted jazz critic and author.

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Album Chamber Jazz

Chamber Jazz

Summit Records
2020

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Album Act Three by John Hart

Act Three

SteepleChase Records
2020

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Album Moment of Clarity by Paul Shaw

Moment of Clarity

Summit Records
2020

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Album For Which It Stands by Gary Versace

For Which It Stands

Sunnyside Records
2011

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Album Outside In by Gary Versace

Outside In

Criss Cross
2008

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Album Time And Again by Gary Versace

Time And Again

SteepleChase Records
2005

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