Born: March 20, 1954
Gerry has been described by many as a renaissance man. Multi-talented Gerry graduated cum laude from both Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard, and received his graduate degrees from UCLA. His musical influences range from classical masters Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, to jazz legends Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington, to contemporary pianists Keith Jarrett and Ramsey Lewis. He describes his music as “Third Stream”, a term coined in 1957 by composer Gunther Schuller to describe a musical genre that is a synthesis of classical music and jazz. Gerry has had extensive classical training since childhood, then later he began broadening his musical vocabulary by immersing himself in many other musical genres.
In addition to the two albums of timely and timeless original music and jazz standards featuring his jazz group, PocketWatch, Gerry has recorded seven primarily solo piano albums of classical music and of uniquely arranged and reimagined standards. PocketWatch appears as a guest artist on a few tracks on these albums. Gerry does recording session work for others from time to time and has frequently volunteered to play piano for patients in local hospitals.
It would not be an understatement to say that Gerry has a wide-ranging approach to playing piano. Few pianists can play jazz and classical music equally well and with their own musical personality. He is an expressive classical musician who puts plenty of feeling into his thoughtful renditions of classics. He is also an excellent jazz artist with his own sound who gives popular compositions the same respect that he does the classical works while displaying the freedom to make the songs his own. Gerry is a talent well worth discovering.
— Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author
Los Angeles-based pianist, composer and attorney Gerry Bryant embodies what American composer Gunther Schuller dubbed in 1957 the Third Stream