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John Nyerges

John Nyerges is a pianist-composer located in upstate New York. He has a solo CD -"Point of View" on NBR Jazz. His second release as a leader is entitled “Jazz, Pictures & Poems” released in June 2008 and features Clay Jenkins, Mike Karn, Rich Thompson, Jeff Campbell, & Evan Dobbins. CD’s are available through his website, cdBaby.com & iTunes. They have been played locally on WGMC 90.1 FM jazz radio in Rochester. Jack Garner, D&C music critic, stated“…a very tasty, subtle and beautifully played disc of originals. Nyerges combines lyrical grace with aggressive improvisation on his various solos…”
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John’s Quartet performed on the main stage at the Jazz Fest in Syracuse, NY. in 1992-1993.
In 1988 John began working with Jeff Tyzik in the "High Class Brass" concerts with the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also worked with the Syracuse, Utica, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, DE orchestras. Guests performed with have included Rich Thompson, Jeff Campbell, Mark Kellogg and Ray Ricker. He is in his 16th year as jazz pianist with RPO "Pops”
He spent the two previous years with "Doc" Severinson & the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1995 he received a Teaching Assistantship and Fellowship culminating in a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Music at Eastman in 1997.
He has performed with the legendary Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Steve Gadd and Benny Carter in the Eastman Theater and with Bob Brookmeyer at Town Hall in New York City and with Peter Erskine in Kilbourn Hall. He performed at St. Peter’s Jazz Mass in NYC with the Dave Rivello Ensemble in 2008.

John can be heard as the jazz pianist on the Rochester Philharmonic 75th Anniversary Pops CD and the Holiday Pops I & II CD’s. John was a guest soloist on Nancy Kelly’s 1997 CD release on Amherst Records.
John played and contributed a tune to a March 2008 the release of “Evolution” by saxophonist Dave Glasser. He also recorded a CD with Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins 10-piece “Little Big Band” (2006 blujazz label ,Chicago), and with trumpeter Herb Smith - “The Trumpet Shall Sound” released May 2008. John appeared with both these groups at the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Fest (RIJF) in Rochester NY and in 2008 with 3 different bands …Pat & Joe Labarbera & the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, the NEJO (New Energy Jazz Orchestra-featured soloist) and is featured on their “Sands Of Time” CD, and also performed with The Herb Smith Quintet. In earlier RIFJ’s, he appeared with Victoria Corrigan’s and Vince Ercolamento’s bands.

Chuck Berg, JazzTimes, described the CD as having "...a variety of arresting poses” and “...a welcome change of pace...".

Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, said it was an "...impressive debut” and that John is “...an intelligent, lyrical pianist..."

The John Nyerges Quartet performed on the main stage at the Jazz Fest in Syracuse, NY. in 1992-1993.

Ray Boyce, Syracuse Post-Standard, stated that
"John Nyerges...is a protean pianist...” and that he had “...terrific technique and marvelous conceptions..."

Jeff Simon, Buffalo Evening News, called John a " ... superb pianist ..."

John is working on a sax & piano duo recording, and originals for another John Nyerges Quintet recording for next year (2019) and also a quintet CD entitled "Another Time" May 2019
John is currently on the faculty at Monroe Community College where he heads the Jazz Instrumental program, directs the Jazz Ensemble and Combo and teaches Jazz Improvisation, Recording Techniques, and MIDI. He has been a faculty member of Eastman’s Jazz Camp since 1980. For more details on his bio, CD discography, downloadable PDF’s of compositions and CD audio excerpts, see his official website at johnnyerges.com or visit myspace.com/johnnyerges.

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