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Kerry Politzer

Kerry Politzer is a jazz pianist with classical and Brazilian influences. She received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with jazz guru Charlie Banacos.

In 1996, Kerry was one of six finalists in the American Pianists Association’s 3rd Biennial Jazz Piano Competition. Her composition Rhodes Rage won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Another tune, Begin The Baiao, won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2000 Mid-Atlantic Song Competition and an Honorable Mention in the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

Kerry lived in New York for many years, during which time she toured with DIVA No Man’s Band. Performances included gigs at the Blue Note and on the QE2 with Dianne Schuur and Slide Hampton, and a quartet performance with the great guitarist Larry Coryell.

The pianist has released six CDs as a leader, including Blue in Blue, which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin and was termed a “first-rate jazz outing” by AllAboutJazz.com. Kerry has also been a featured sideman on albums of George Colligan (her husband), Laura Dreyer, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Kerry’s 2005 CD Labyrinth was a finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2007 Independent Music Awards. The title track from her first album, Yearning, was featured on Sax And The City: Musical Contributions From New York’s Best Women Jazz Instrumentalists (Apria Records, 2004).

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Portland

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Adjunct Jazz Piano Instructor at Portland State University

Discography

Below the Surface

Below the Surface

PJCE Records
2014

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Blue in Blue

Blue in Blue

Piloo Records and Productions LLC
2010

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth

Polisonic
2005

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Watercolor

Watercolor

Polisonic
2002

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Two Worlds

Two Worlds

Kerry Politzer
Below the Surface

Love Is In The Atmosphere

Love Is In The Atmosphere

Kerry Politzer
You Took Me In

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