Jeremy Manasia

  • Jeremy Manasia
  • Instruments: Piano

  • Biography:

    A Staten Island, NY native, Jeremy began playing piano at the age of 7, after receiving a years worth of piano lessons as a birthday gift from his godmother. The lessons continued, and in 1985 he was accepted to the LaGuardia HS for Performing Arts. Due to a scheduling conflict in his sophomore year, he was placed in a jazz history course taught by Justin DiCioccio, which would change his life forever. Two years later, he had already performed with the NY All City Jazz Band, the McDonalds Tri State Jazz Ensemble, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, with artists such as Red Rodney, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Turre, and with bandmates such as Greg Hutchinson, Abraham Burton, Walter Blanding, Eric McPherson.

    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 artists such as Chris Potter, Ari Ambrose, and Dwayne Burno. After college Jeremy began regularly attending classes with jazz great Barry Harris, who connected him with the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag, where he received his masters degree and studied with Dutch jazz legend Franz Elsan. While in the Netherlands, he toured all over Europe and made his first recording, the Deep, with the band Five Up High.

    In 1997, Jeremy returned to NYC to study more with Chris Anderson and Harry Whitaker, and has become a regular on the NYC jazz circuit, where he has been ever since. Jeremy has performed with Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein, Javon Jackson, Wayne Esscoffrey, Joe Magnarelli, Nneena Freelon, Diane Schur, and has recorded with the Charles Owens Quartet, the Greg Glassman/Stacy Dillard Quintet, David Gibson, John Boutte, Jane Monheit, and many others. 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, and has won a Presidential Scholars award, two Downbeat Student Music awards and three Charles Mingus Competition awards for his teaching. Jeremy has also recorded two releases under his name, Witchery (2007 cellarlive records) and After Dark (2009 posi-tone records).