Kerry Politzer is a jazz pianist and composer who is influenced by 20th century classical music and Brazilian jazz. She received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with jazz guru Charlie Banacos.
Kerry lived in New York for many years, during which time she toured with DIVA No Man’s Band. Performances included gigs at the Blue Note and on the QE2 with Dianne Schuur and Slide Hampton, and a quartet performance with the great guitarist Larry Coryell.
The pianist has released six jazz CDs as a leader, including Blue in Blue, which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin and was termed a “first-rate jazz outing” by AllAboutJazz.com. Kerry has also been a featured sideman on albums of George Colligan (her husband), Laura Dreyer, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Kerry’s 2005 CD Labyrinth was a finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2007 Independent Music Awards. The title track from her first album, Yearning, was featured on Sax And The City: Musical Contributions From New York’s Best Women Jazz Instrumentalists (Apria Records, 2004).
Kerry’s newest project is Bossa PDX, a band for which she transcribes classic bossa nova arrangements. The group performs at festivals and venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Kerry has also recently performed with the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble