Description: Building upon his highly popular jazz piano masterclass series (1,2,3 & 4), pianist and educator Jeremy Manasia takes it to the next level. In part one of this 2-part follow-up series, Jeremy discusses and demonstrates how to utilize minor sounds in your playing. By utilizing minor sounds, you can navigate a set of chord changes in exciting ways without thinking in complicated theoretical terms. If you want to be able to fluently and colorfully play over jazz progressions, this jazz piano lesson series is for you. It's recommended that you check out and digest Jeremy's first series before getting into this one, but that's just a suggestion. :) NOTE: You can purchase both videos in this series at a discount here!
Topics Covered: Jazz Piano, Minor Sounds, Jazz Harmony, Soloing, Comping, Upper Structures, Playing the Changes, Superimposition, Chord Relationships, Progressions, ii V I, iii VI ii V I, I IV iii VI ii V I, Voicings, Tensions, Melodic Minor, Etc.
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. The lessons continued, and in 1985 he was accepted to the LaGuardia HS for Performing Arts. In his second year of high school he was placed in a jazz history course taught by Justin DiCioccio. Being exposed to jazz like this would prove to forever alter his life. Within two years he would perform at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall with the NY All City Jazz Band and the McDonalds Tri State Jazz Ensemble, featuring artists such as Red Rodney, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Turre, and bandmates including Greg Hutchinson, Abraham Burton, Walter Blanding and 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, among others, 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 played on 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. He soon 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, numerous Downbeat Student Music awards and three Charles Mingus Competition awards for his teaching.