Jon Regen has distinguished himself throughout the world as a singer, songwriter and pianist of unparalleled depth. His music is simply unforgettable.
Following a distinguished career in jazz as both a sideman, (Jimmy Scott, Kyle Eastwood), and a leader, (3 critically-acclaimed CDs under his own name), Regen steps-out on his own as a masterful performer with an unmistakable, individual voice.
Jon Regen was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. Originally self-taught on his family’s aging grand piano at the age of five, Regen would lead his first professional group while still in his early teens.
He studied piano and music theory at The Eastman School of Music, and The University of Miami, eventually relocating back to his home state of New Jersey to apprentice world- renowned pianist Kenny Barron, at the Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University. Regen would graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree, and quickly move to New York City, where his strong melodic and rhythmic approach to the piano would not go unnoticed.
Regen was named Runner-Up in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and was also chosen as one of only 2,000 pianists worldwide to hold the title of Steinway Artist. Bassist Kyle Eastwood asked Regen to anchor his touring band, where Regen remained until 2001, leaving to accompany jazz icon Jimmy Scott. Regen spent nearly three years alongside Scott, touring, recording, and performing across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The New York Sun would write of Regen’s work with Scott, ‘Although the British press has described Mr. (Jamie) Cullum as Sinatra in sneakers, he is a long way from having a Sinatra or Nat Cole- level vocal instrument. Likewise, he has less technique as a pianist than, say, Jimmy Scott's prodigious accompanist, Jon Regen.’