Oliver Von Essen
Pianist and organist Oliver von Essen lives in Bay Shore, New York, a Long Island suburb of New York City. He has been active in the New York area Jazz scene and music business for the last 15 years. Oliver has achieved notoriety as a soloist and accompanist working in a wide range of situations from jazz club performances at Greenwich Village’s Sweet Rhythm and Harlem’s Saint Nick’s Pub to solo piano work, recording projects, clubs on Long Island’s East end and out of town concerts with national and international acts.
Oliver was born in Frankfurt, Germany, where his father is a jazz musician. Oliver received musical training from age five and started his first regular gig at age twelve when he worked a season performing music in an original musical play at Frankfurt’s Theater am Zoo. The greatest leap forward in his journey happened at age 16 when he went to New Orleans, Louisiana to study jazz piano with Ellis Marsalis at the New Orleans Center for creative arts. This most defining experience culminated in his first Jazz festival appearance with the Nocca Jazz Ensemble at the 1981 Jazz and Heritage Festival. He returned to Germany to finish High School while working nights in clubs.
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