John Serry

John Serry

BandJazz

AWARD WINNING JAZZ

Biography

John Serry Jazz 106 Cabrini Boulevard, 1J, NY, NY 10033 (212) 740-7500+fax
jserry@earthlink.net http://home.earthlink.net/~jserry

JOHN SERRY

John Serry won the Grand Prize in the JAZZIZ magazine Keyboards on Fire
pianist/composer competition (Dave Brubeck and Bob James, judges; grand
piano awarded by Steinway) and was nominated for a Grammy for his
debut recording, "Exhibition" (Chrysalis). Serry's second recording,
"Jazziz"
(Chrysalis), received 4 stars in Downbeat and feature review of th month in Keyboard magazine. Publisher Michael Fagien subsequently named
JAZZIZ magazine after Serry's record. John Serry's most recent CD "Enchantress" (Telarc), has received wide acclaim: "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's fleet fingered runs on songs like the jaunty catchy 'Dyt It' are both technically impressive and subtle. Serry's ballads are equally disarming ...['Heartfelt'] is warm and resonant... Listen and prepare to be enchanted." --JazzTimes.

Serry has performed at Birdland, the Blue Note, the Montreux Festival, Steinway Hall and numerous festivals, clubs and venues in the U.S and
abroad. He has played, arranged and/or conducted for Radio City Music Hall, Aretha Franklin, Liza Minnelli, Doc Severinsen, Marian
McPartland, the Canadian Brass, and numerous Broadway shows, including Les
Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Swing, and Guys and Dolls. He
toured and recorded "Glider" (Chrysalis) with the Teo Macero produced group, Auracle. He has composed and arranged for ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, films and
commercials. He has received commissions and performances - e.g., at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and The Aspen Music Festival - for his original concert works, including concertos, solos and chamber music, many of which feature percussion (on which he also doubles). He has produced and hosted piano competitions featuring area artists at major jazz festivals for a showcase series, created by Serry for JAZZIZ magazine, entitled JAZZIZ Presents the Key Players. Serry has
presented clinics, courses and lessons in piano, percussion, composing / arranging, improvisation, jazz theory, film scoring, MIDI, and the
music business. He has given performances and coached ensembles at
Juilliard, Peabody, the Musicians Institute, NYU, City College (NYC), Queens
College, Brooklyn College, SUNY Binghamton, the University of
Wisconsin, Wichita State University (two residencies) and other schools of music.

"...Brubeck and Bob James ranked him ahead of all...making him the Grand Prize winner." --JAZZIZ

Contact John Serry at (212) 740-7500 (+fax), email to
jserry@earthlink.net and visit the JSJ website,
http://home.earthlink.net/~jserry.

Discography

John Serry, "Enchantress" (Telarc); John Serry, "Jazziz" (Chrysalis); John Serry "Exhibition" (Chrysalis)

Set List

Original musicby John Serry, jazz standards, and other well known tunes, as appropriate for the engagement.