His musician colleagues and music fans know him to be an accomplished professional pianist and composer for more than three decades, one who performs and records regularly, both solo and with his jazz group, PocketWatch, in clubs and studios. Gerry has performed with such jazz notables as Les McCann and the late Dizzy Gillespie, and has accompanied such Broadway musical stars as Dale Kristien ("Phantom of the Opera") and Carl Anderson ("Jesus Christ Superstar").
Many others know Gerry for his volunteer work with artists as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of California Lawyers for the Arts, and as a regular volunteer piano player and entertainer for patients at UCLA Medical Center. Some people even think of him for the acting he did on a television show and in commercials early on in his adult life. Whatever hat Gerry wears, he proudly wears it being of service to others.
"My musical influences range from classical masters Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, to jazz legends Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington, to contemporary artists Keith Jarrett and Ramsey Lewis. I've had extensive classical training since childhood, first in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio from noted music teacher Ethel Morton, and continuing at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts (where one of my classmates was prize-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe) with the acclaimed German concert pianist and teacher, Albion Metcalf.
"Through my music, I hope to spread my positive approach to life, and to touch a chord with as many people as possible."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Gymnopedie No. 1
2. Adagio Cantabile
3. Just You, Just Me
4. Nocturne in E Flat
5. Piano Peace
7. Kealan & Savannah
8. Musical Moment
9. Fantaisie Impromptu
11. Allegretto Tranquillo
12. Auld Lang Syne