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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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Javon Jackson: The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni

Read "The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nikki Giovanni è una delle scrittrici afro-americane più note al mondo. Emersa alla fine degli anni sessanta come innovativa poetessa della Black Revolution entro il Black Arts Movement (c'erano anche Amiri Baraka e Ishmael Reed) ha pubblicato numerose raccolte di poesie e opere su questioni sociali, insegnando al contempo in varie università statunitensi. Giunta alla soglia degli ottant'anni ha un enorme curriculum di riconoscimenti prestigiosi. L'idea d'incidere quest'album col gruppo del sassofonista Javon Jackson nasce nel ...

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Jeremy Manasia Trio: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jeremy Manasia Trio: new names one and all in this neighborhood save for the gentleman who makes the trio a quartet, guitarist Peter Bernstein. As it turns out, pianist Manasia, a native of Staten Island, has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since he returned from Europe in 1997, and Metamorphosis is his sixth recording as leader of his own groups. While bassist Barak Mori and drummer Charles Ruggiero round out the trio, Bernstein appears on ...

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Jeremy Manasia: Pixel Queen

Read "Pixel Queen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pixel Queen is the third record to document the musical relationship that pianist Jeremy Manasia has with bassist Barak Mori and drummer Charles Ruggiero. Manasia's debut leader date--Witchery (Cellar Live, 2007)--featured a different rhythm crew, but this bass-and-drums team came aboard for After Dark (Posi-Tone, 2009), a pleasing trio-with-guests outing, and stayed for Green Dream (Cellar Live, 2012), an all-originals trio date. On this release, Manasia's fourth overall and first on the Blujazz imprint, this trio tackles six of the ...

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Jeremy Manasia: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Pianist, composer and arranger Jeremy Manasia is the driving force behind After Dark, an excellent group of originals and standards rendered by Manasia, drummer Charles Ruggiero and bassist Barak Mori. Manasia wrote most of the songs with classic jazz as his guiding principle. Up-tempo tunes like “Ruggburn" or the cool mid-tempo blues “Arch Eyes" are straight from the hard bop lexicon. In the spirited “Jake's Dilemma" one can hear whispers of Bud Powell's “Oblivion." There are subtle ...

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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.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

With Peter Bradley

Palmetto Records



Jojo Records



Rondette Jazz


Pixel Queen



Never Let Me Go

From: With Peter Bradley
By Jeremy Manasia

Wade in the Water

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



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