JEREMY MANASIA

A native of Staten Island NY, Jeremy began playing piano at the age of 7, after receiving a birthday gift from his godmother for a year of piano lessons. In 1989, Jeremy attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and jazz through his teachers Harold Danko and Gary Dial.  During this time he toured with the Ryan Kisor Quintet which featured, among others, Chris Potter, Ari Ambrose, and Dwayne Burno.

After college Jeremy began regularly attending classes with jazz legend Barry Harris, who connected him with the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag, where he received his masters degree and studied with the great Dutch jazz pianist, Frans Elsan.  While in the Netherlands,  aside from becoming a regular on the Dutch scene, he toured all over Europe and played on his first recording, the Deep, with the band Five Up High. Jeremy has stayed connected to the Netherlands musically, in his recent collaborations with Dutch trumpeter, Ellister Van Der Molen.

In 1997, Jeremy returned to his home town of New York City, and soon became a highly in demand pianist on the New York scene, where he remains today. Jeremy has developed a personal sound and style that has become recognizable and esteemed; as sideman or with his own trio.  Jeremy has always remained a student of music, looking to deepen his understanding of the piano, and after returning to New York worked with many great teachers, most notably Harry Whitaker, Chris Anderson, and Sofia Rosoff. 

Jeremy has appeared with many great artists, including Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Javon Jackson, David Williams, Peter Bernstein, Wayne Escoffery, Joe Magnarelli, Ben Monder, Nnenna Freelon, John Boutte, Aaron Neville, and performs regularly at New York City's top jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard, Dizzy's, Smalls, Smoke, the Iridium and the Blue Note.

To date he has released 5 records as a leader, which spotlight his work as a composer, arranger and bandleader. Jeremy has been a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition. 

Jeremy is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, a panelist for the National YoungArts Foundation, has won a Presidential Scholars award, numerous Downbeat Student Music awards and three Charles Mingus Competition awards for his teaching. 

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