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John Serry

John Serry (b. 1954) was nominated for a Grammy [Best Instrumental Arrangement] for his composition, Sabotage, on his debut album, “Exhibition” (Chrysalis, 1979). His second album, “Jazziz” (Chrysalis, 1980), received 4 stars in Downbeat, feature review of the month in Keyboard magazine and it inspired the naming of JAZZIZ magazine by its publisher. In 1995, John was awarded the Grand Prize in the JAZZIZ magazine Keyboards on Fire pianist/composer competition (Dave Brubeck and Bob James, judges; grand piano from Steinway.) John Serry's CD, “Enchantress” (Telarc, 1996), was well received: “He has a strong sense of melody, his touch is confident, his ideas are sensible and his playing is beautifully controlled “ —Downbeat “What a pleasure to find that he is back, still turning out charts that turn heads by turning corners.” —Keyboard. Serry has performed at Birdland, the Blue Note, the Montreux Festival, the 606 Club (London), Covent Garden (featured on BBC “Jazz Legends Live”), Steinway Hall and numerous festivals, clubs and venues in the U.S and abroad. Players which have appeared in his groups and recordings include John Riley, Peter Erskine, Carlos Vega, Anthony Jackson, Jimmy Johnson, Bob Sheppard, Gerry Niewood, Ted Nash, Mike Sembello, and Barry Finnerty, among others. His new album, Disquisition (SPCo Records, 2017) - a trio album with Paolo Ghetti bass and Bruno Farinelli drums - is available at CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/johnserry2), iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Facebook (www.facebook.com/johnserry1) and other outlets. His CD, The Shift (SPCo Records, 2013), with his London quartet, Dave O’Higgins – sax, Mark Mondesir – drums, Sam Burgess – bass / Mike Mondesir – elec. bass, is also available at CD Baby (cdbaby.com/cd/johnserry), as well as at iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and facebook.com/johnserry1. A free download of the first track, Pockets, is at https://www.dropbox.com/s/t1ti19w39a8jkwu/1.%20POCKETS%20mp3.mp3. “Serry returns to the studio in top form on The Shift (SPCo)...The leadoff track,“Pockets,” our selection, showcases the ensemble’s esprit de corps, as they wend their way through the lilting composition. Serry’s playing is as colorful and expressive as ever.” —JAZZIZ magazine (Summer 2013 issue). John has lived in Europe since 2004 - London, Spain, Prague, Germany, Italy, France.

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”He has a strong sense of melody, his touch is confident, his ideas are sensible and his playing is beautifully controlled “ —Downbeat

“What a pleasure to find that he is back, still turning out charts that turn heads by turning corners.” —Keyboard.

“Serry returns to the studio in top form on The Shift (SPCo)...The leadoff track,“Pockets,” our selection, showcases the ensemble’s esprit de corps, as they wend their way through the lilting composition. Serry’s playing is as colorful and expressive as ever.” —JAZZIZ magazine.

“Serry's fleet fingered runs on songs like the jaunty catchy “Dyt It” are both technically impressive and subtle

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

John Serry has taught piano, composition, jazz improvisation, and other subjects as Professor, clinician, workshop/master class instructor, and ensemble coach at numerous university music schools and conservatories, including Juilliard, Peabody, Musicians Institute (L.A.), Royal Academy (London), University of South Carolina (Director of Jazz), Brooklyn College, Queens College, CCNY (Manhattan), Wichita State University, James Madison University, University of Wisconsin, and Music Academy 2000 (Bologna, Italy.) He has BM (with Distinction) and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Profs. Bill Dobbins, Chuck Mangione, John Beck, Rayburn Wright; workshops/concerts with Joe Farrell, Keith Jarrett, Bill Watrous.) John is a native New Yorker, an art enthusiast and frequent traveler.

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