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Jeremy Manasia

A native of Staten Island New York, Jeremy was born on the 28th of March 1971. He began playing piano at the age of seven, and immediate fell in love with the instrument and classical music. This started him on a journey that carried him through arts high school (where he found his passion in jazz) and conservatories in New York and Holland.

Jeremy has toured the world with his music, and currently lives and teaches in New York City, where he has resided since 1997. Jeremy was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition.

Jeremy has performed with The Charles Owens Quartet, The Hotpants Funk Sextet, The David Gibson Quartet/Sextet, The Peter Bernstein Quartet, The Ryan Kisor Quintet with Chris Potter, The Joe Magnarelli Quartet, Nneena Freelon, Marlena Shaw, Diane Schur, Jimmy Cobb, John Boutte, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Escoffrey, Rodney Green, Greg Hutchinson, and has recorded with Charles Owens, David Gibson, The Hotpants, Steve Santoro, Alex Graham, The Sickle Project, John Boutte, Five Up High and Melissa Morgan.

Jeremy's debut CD, "Witchery", was released in August 2007 by Canadian based CELLAR LIVE records and is available in stores and on the web. January 2009 will see the release of Jeremy's second CD as a leader, this time for Los Angeles based record label POSI-TONE records. The release entitled "After Dark" will showcase Jeremy's compositions backed by the wonderful Barak Mori and Charles Ruggiero, and with special guest appearances by Jane Monheit and Ian Hendrickson-Smith.

Jeremy is an aspiring film composer and has scored several short films.


finalist 1999 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition Runner up 1999 Jacksonville Great American Jazz Piano Competition finalist in the 1998 and 2001 American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition


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" Long before his first release, I was never shy about expressing my affection and appreciation for Jeremy Manasia's work. Generally, the average layman isn't cognizant of the fact that, not only are musicians practicioners of the craft, we are also fans. ...you don't really see pianists sharing the stage; this means I have to make an effort to catch a Manasia set so I can truly appreciate his mastery..."

Eric S. Reed

"...we agree that is serious jazz coming from Manasia's trio. Jerry really swings on piano on "You Do Something To Me" and even with more of a swagger on "Witchery". These are young players coming together having played with more notable talent and now saying something on their own. Jeremy has four originals here as well and we're convinced that what he is saying is worth listening to!"

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Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Faculty at Manhattan School of Music teach combos, big band, improvisation, piano for non piano majors,piano $75/hour

Clinic/Workshop Information

The art of rhythm section playing. The distinct roles of each rhythm section instrument, and the finer points and details on playing successfully behind soloists and each other.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Jojo Records



Rondette Jazz


Pixel Queen



After Dark

Posi-Tone Records


Wade in the Water

From: The Gospel According to Nikki...
By Jeremy Manasia



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