Biography & Career
Bachelor's degree, Berklee College of Music - Boston, Mass.
First to receive Bachelor's degree in Applied Music for the Vibraphone and Mallet Instr. instruments and extensive studies in arranging and composition.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude 1973 - 1976
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony, Wilkensburg Symphony,
International Symphony - Switzerland, 25 years leader of own jazz quartet performing throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe at colleges and universities, jazz clubs, and jazz festivals, some of which are; Montreux Jazz Festival - Switzer- land, Northsea Jazz Festival - Holland, Montreal Jazz Festival - Canada, Pittsburgh
Jazz Festival, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Shadyside Arts Festival, Rites of Spring
Jazz Festival - Nashville, Summer Lights Festival - Nashville. Mellon Jazz Festival,
Performed Gunther Schuller's Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra with
Westmoreland Symphony, Pa., Featured artist at International Music event at Paris
Conservatory of Music, Nashville's most recorded mallet artist, etc.
Jerry is a very popular and much in demand Artist/Clinician for the Musser Vibra- phone and Marimba co./division of Ludwig Drums since 1972.
Featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention '82 in Dallas, Tx., '89 in Nashville, Tn., and New Orleans '92
Featured clinician/soloist at the Ludwig Percussion Symposium '83 in Knoxville, Tn., performed with famed jazz drummer Alan Dawson and Danny Gottlieb.
Peavey Electronics Mark of the Unicorn Software K&K Midi systems Audio Technica
Innovative Percussion Mallets.
Television and Radio
Was featured via live recording for the "Jazz sur le Vif" show to be aired Nationally on the C.B.C. network (Canadian Broadcast Corp.)
'82 Fall Tour - Canada
'83 Montreal Jazz Festival appearance
Recorded two feature cable TV shows airing nationally on The Nashville Network
Recorded several educational TV shows for Public Television with Jazz Quartet
25 years privately (mallet instruments, arranging and composition, improvisation)
1977 - Berklee College of Music, Boston
Adjunct professor of jazz improvisation - Belmont College, Nashville 1979 - 82
First to release a 1-hour instructional vibraphone video - Master Study Series
CONTEMPORARY MALLET METHOD - An Approach to the Vibraphone & Marimba -
Riohcat Music, SOLO VIBRAPHONE COLLECTION - Riohcat Music
Sean J Kennedy, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
May 20 | Lancaster, PA
Ron Horner, Westmoreland Symphony
May 20 | Greensburg, PA
Sean J Kennedy, Sinatra Centennial Orchestra
May 20 | Glenside, PA
Lolly Allen, Masters of the Vibes
May 21 | San Pedro, CA
Beth Gottlieb, Disney Pixar Live Show
May 26 | Orlando, FL
Drew Tucker, Drew Tucker & The New Standard
May 27 | Jacksonville, FL
Jim Cooper, Jim Cooper Trio
May 27 | Grand Rapids, MI
Sean J Kennedy, The Hickory Brass
May 29 | Horsham, PA
Nick Costa, George Weldon Quartet
May 31 | Philadelphia, PA