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Gerard Hagen

PIANIST, EDUCATOR, ARRANGER, PRODUCER, Leader of Gerard Hagen Trio 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

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I Put a Spell on You

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Put a Spell on You; Have You Seen the Child; Hallelujah; Work Song; To Love Somebody; Sinnerman; Come Together; Feelin’ Good.

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Article: 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 ...

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Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen: In New York

Read "In New York" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In November 2011, less than a year before leaving for their new home in Paris, singer Leslie Lewis and her pianist / husband, Gerard Hagen, paused in New York City long enough to record this delightful album of standards on which Lewis' charming voice is accompanied only by Hagen's compliant piano. The menu is comprised for ...

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Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame

Read "Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Leslie Lewis is a singer who has found steady work on the West Coast and elsewhere, and for good reason--she's personable, easy on the eyes, and more to the point, has a pleasant mid-range voice, sings squarely on key, and knows how to sell a lyric. Keeper of the Flame and Midnight Sun are Lewis' second ...

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Song For Leslie

Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Released: 2012

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: From California With Love

Read "From California With Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


From California With Love is one shining example of how tragedy can bring out the best in people. When Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake (and subsequent tsunami) on March 11, 2011, it caused a chain reaction of destruction and death throughout the region. In an effort to help raise money for relief efforts, a ...

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Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

Read "Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Back in the early '90s, Stanley Kay, one-time back-up drummer for the incomparable Buddy Rich, later a manager of such artists as Maurice Hines, Michelle Lee and Paul Burke and the entertainment director for the New York Yankees, had a good idea: the time had come, he reasoned, to assemble an all-woman big band that would ...

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Stay Tuned

Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Released: 2001
Track listing: Warne

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Article: 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. ...


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