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Kerry Politzer


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. She is currently at work on a Master of Music in Jazz Composition from Rowan University, and she teaches jazz piano at Portland State University and the University of Portland. 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


In a Heartbeat

Label: PJCE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bad News; Shaky Ground; Spring Day; Cycle; In a Heartbeat; Lullaby for Messiaen; 3 A.M.; Marble Maze; Umbrella Statement; Goodbye


News: Recording

Pianist/Composer Kerry Politzer Offers Post-Pandemic Creative Resurgence With 'In A Heartbeat,' Set For October 21 Release On PJCE Records

Pianist/Composer Kerry Politzer Offers Post-Pandemic Creative Resurgence With 'In A Heartbeat,' Set For October 21 Release On PJCE Records

Kerry Politzer reaffirms her high regard as both a pianist and a composer on In a Heartbeat, to be released October 21 on Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) Records. In particular, it puts Portland, Oregon-based Politzer’s writing back in the spotlight. The quintet album (featuring Portland trumpeter Thomas Barber, saxophonist/flutist Joe Manis, bassist Garrett Baxter, and ...



Music of Brazilian Piano Masters

Featuring the music of Kerry Politzer
Duration: 61:45

This video honors three of Brazil's greatest living pianist/composers: João Donato, Hermeto Pascoal, and Dom Salvador. Featuring Cassio Vianna, Jasnam Daya Singh, and Kerry Politzer on piano, Laura Dreyer on flute, Sherry Alves on vocals, Wagner Trindade and George Colligan on bass, and Flavio Santos and George Colligan on drums. Hosted by "Brazilian Beat" DJ Allen Thayer. With cameos by Dom Salvador and João Donato. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: São Salvador; Chorinho No. 2; The Day It Rained; Diagonal; O Gato; Moça Flor; Batida Diferente; Tema Pro Durval; E Nada Mais; Clichê; Estamos Aí.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More

Read "Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we kick off with the modern day jazz singer who is making waves Sara Gazarek. From there, we dig some new sound from NYC cat Mike Casey as we delve into the modern jazz sounds, we profile the veteran Ray Obiedo and look into new music from the great Kevin Sun. We also explore ...


News: Recording

Recent Listening: Kerry Politzer’s Diagonal

Recent Listening: Kerry Politzer’s Diagonal

Kerry Politzer, Diagonal: A Tribute To Durval Ferreira The pianist recruits several of her talented Pacific Northwest colleagues for this album of pieces by a Brazilian composer whose works were central to the rise of the music that became known as bossa nova. Ferreira’s “O Gato,” “E Nada Mais” and other compositions not only entered the ...


Song of the Day

São Salvador

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Duration: 2:56


Article: Album Review

Kerry Politzer: Diagonal

Read "Diagonal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Portland, Oregon-based pianist Kerry Politzer has a thing for bossa nova. Her immersion into sounds from Brazil comes into full blossom with her sixth album, Diagonal. Brazil's bossa nova sound came to world wide attention initially via the music from saxophonist Stan Getz on Jazz Samba (Verve, 1962), followed by early 1960s recordings from ...


Article: From Far and Wide

Back to Brazil: Part Three

Read "Back to Brazil: Part Three" reviewed by Mark Holston

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 A singer who needs no introduction, Eliane Elias sculpts a predictably sensual soundscape on Love Stories (Concord). The nine-track project features a string orchestra and lush arrangements by Rob Mathes, unobtrusive rhythm section chores by a cadre of Brazilian percussionists, and the steady hand of bassist ...


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