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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. 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

Diagonal

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

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kerry Politzer, Ella Fitzgerald and More

Read "Kerry Politzer, Ella Fitzgerald and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we channel the energy of today's British jazz scene with saxophonist Karen Sharp with music off her latest album The Sun, The Moon and You. From there, we take a look into a recent visit to Kansas City by the Portland-based pianist Kerry Politzer. We then feature Kerry's husband, George Colligan and get some ...

Below the Surface

Label: PJCE Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Two Worlds; Dilemma; Moment of Clarity; Below the Surface; Meandering; Empty House; Second Thoughts; Echo Says; If You Knew; In Spring.

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening In Brief…

Recent Listening In Brief…

Frank Zappa (1940-1993), a gifted musician who dipped his toe into jazz, never demonstrated more than a smidgeon of what he knew about the genre. But he left us with the memorable observation, “Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.” A web search shows that lesser wits have adapted Zappa’s line to all kinds of topics ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kerry Politzer: Below the Surface

Read "Below the Surface" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Kerry Politzer's relocation to Portland, Oregon seems to have given her music a boost. Always a fine mainstream artist, whether working the trio or quartet modes on Blue in Blue (Piloo Records, 2010) or Labyrinth (Palisonic Records, 2005), now her first “Portland disc," Below the Surface, finds her in a common quintet setting--trumpet/saxophone and rhythm ...


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