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Gerard Hagen


Pianist GERARD HAGEN lives in Paris France with his wife, vocalist Leslie Lewis. In 1995 while living in California he formed his trio with bassist DOMENIC GENOVA and JERRY KALAF drums. Their recordings have received international jazz radio airplay, critical acclaim and have been distributed in the U.S. as well as Japan and Europe. Gerard has performed extensively. His tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the U.S. including venues in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

RECORDINGS - Producer/Arranger/Pianist

Gerard is active as an arranger, producer as well as musical director for vocalist Leslie Lewis. Her debut recording "Of Two Minds" was released on the SSL label in Japan and received 5 stars in "Swing Journal" magazine. "Keeper Of The Flame" was featured on SiriusXM Radio as well as several nationally syndicated radio shows.

Gerard Hagen Trio “Far Horizons” (Resurgent Music) 1998 Gerard Hagen Trio “Stay Tuned” (Sea Breeze Jazz) 2000 Saddleback College Jazz Faculty Recording 2006 Leslie Lewis’ “Of Two Minds” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2008 Leslie Lewis’ “Keeper Of The Flame” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2010 Leslie Lewis’ “Midnight Sun” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2011 Dan Jacobs Quartet "Play Song" (Metro Jazz Records) 2011 SSJ All-Stars "From California With Love" (SSJ-USA) 2011 Gerard Hagen Trio "Song For Leslie" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2012 Leslie Lewis' "Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2013 Leslie Lewis' "Fragile" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2017

PERFORMANCE VENUES-(partial list) include: Royal College of Music, London, UK (w Musique Sur La Mer) Pizza Express Jazz Club SoHo, London UK Lehman College Jazz Festival, New York, NY Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ Sunside-Sunset Jazz Club, Paris, FR Jazz Club Etoile, Paris FR Chez Papa Jazz Club, Paris FR Café Laurent, Paris FR La Caveau de la Huchette, Paris FR Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, FR Autour de Midi, Paris FR La Closerie des Lilas, Paris FR Satin Doll, Tokyo, JP Adirondack Cafe, Tokyo, JP Life Time Cafe, Shizuoka, JP Far Out, Yokohama, JP Ksar Char-Bagh Marrakech, Morocco Jazz a Conakry Conakry, Guinea The Bop Stop Cleveland, OH Los Angeles County Museum of Art Jazz Series, Los Angeles, CA Jazz at Pearl’s, San Francisco, CA The Culver's Club For Jazz, Los Angeles, CA House Of Music & Entertainment, Beverly Hills, CA Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill, Hollywood, CA Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club, Studio City, CA Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club, Seal Beach, CA Disneyland, Anaheim, CA Steamer's Jazz Club, Fullerton, CA Dana Point Jazz Festival Dana Point, CA The Artists Quarter, Minneapolis/St.Paul MN Cerritos Center For Perforrming Arts, Cerritos CA (w Jazz Tap Ensemble) California Music Teacher’s Convention, San Diego CA Terrace Theater Long Beach CA Mukenthaller Art Center, Fullerton CA Long Beach Museum of Art CA Walter Annenberg Estate, Rancho Mirage CA Queen Mary Long Beach CA Riverside Community College, Riverside CA Clairmont College, Clairmont CA La Costa Resort, La Costa CA Bowers Museum, Santa Ana CA Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles CA Santa Ana Performing Arts Center, Santa Ana CA The Outpost, Albuquerque NM Harwood Museum, Taos NM "Jazz At The Center" Concert Series, Santa Fe, NM "Geniuses Of Jazz" Concert Series, Albuquerque, NM

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Album Review

Funky Ella: I Put a Spell on You

Read "I Put a Spell on You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although singer Leslie Lewis and her husband, pianist Gerard Hagen, have been making beautiful music together for some years and recorded five earlier CDs together, I Put a Spell on You is the first under the group name Funky Ella (which represents a deep bow to another jazz singer of note). The album was recorded in Paris, France, the ensemble's home base, with guitarist Nicolas Peslier, bassist Peter Giron, drummer Mourad Benhammou and percussionist Jean-Philippe Naeder completing the lineup.

Album Review

The Gerard Hagen Trio: Stay Tuned

Read "Stay Tuned" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It’s easy to Stay Tuned when one hears Jazz as handsomely crafted as that played by pianist Gerard Hagen, his trio and guests — tenor Chuck Manning, guitarist Larry Koonse and bassist Henry Franklin. This is one of those special albums on which every component slides neatly into place and everyone has his chance to shine. Having said that, it should be noted that there is nothing here that can be construed as setting Hagen and his companions apart from ...

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What critics say ... " ... command of his instrument and self-assurance are evident ... along with an appreciation for melody and an ability to swing. Far Horizons is an exciting debut for a gifted pianist and his accomplished trio." —Ken Borgers KKJZ Radio Long Beach, CA

"... Gerard Hagen is a well known giant on the west coast ... A trio that can swing, like this is always a good bet for a great musical evening, ... It's groups like this that keep jazz alive." —Larry Routt WOBO Radio Cincinnati

"An excellent modern mainstream pianist, Hagen, who is influenced by Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan but mostly sounds like himself, ... although Hagen has impressive technique, he uses it to serve the music" -~Scott Yanow, ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

I Put a Spell on You

Self Produced


Song For Leslie

Sea Breeze Jazz


Stay Tuned

Sea Breeze Jazz




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