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Gerard Hagen Trio

Gerard Hagen

Pianist, Arranger, Educator, Producer

LOS ANGELES TIMES: "Hagen, soloed deftly, his lines moving gracefully in and out of the composition's subtle corners."

Pianist GERARD HAGEN lives in Paris with his wife, vocalist LESLIE LEWIS. His recordings have received critical acclaim, international radio airplay and have been distributed in the U.S. as well as Japan and Europe. His tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the U.S. including venues in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Prior to moving to Paris he lived in the Los Angeles area where he lead a trio with drummer JERRY KALAF and bassist DOMENIC GENOVA for seventeen years.

JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE: "Leslie Lewis is all a good jazz singer should be.  Her beautiful tone and classy phrasing evoke the sound of the classic jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Leslie Lewis' vocals are complimented perfectly by her husband, Gerard Hagen.”

In addition to his trio recordings, “Far Horizons” on Resurgent Music, “Stay Tuned” on Sea Breeze Jazz Records and “Song For Leslie”on Surf Cove Jazz, Gerard has produced and arranged five recordings as music director for Leslie. Their first recording “Of Two Minds” (Surf Cove Jazz 2008) features Leslie with the Gerard Hagen Trio and several of Los Angeles' finest jazz musicians including Gary Foster, Ron Stout and Larry Koonse. It was released in Japan on SSJ Inc. where it received 5 stars in Swing Journal magazine. In 2010 they released a follow up recording “Keeper Of The Flame” (Surf Cove Jazz) which features Brazilian Jazz music and was programmed on Sirius XM radio. Following the critical success of their previous recordings, their third CD "Midnight Sun” was released in 2012. In addition Leslie and Gerard are featured on a track on "From California With Love" (SSJ Records) a recording featuring number of California based jazz artists that was released in Japan as a vehicle to raise funds for Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami relief efforts. A New York City performance provided them with an opportunity to make a piano/vocal duo recording and a 2013 release called “Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York”. In 2017 they released “Fragile”, which was recorded in Paris with their European band and features a jazz look at some favorite pop music.

Gerard was born in Bismarck, N.D. and has earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music. He was an associate professor of jazz piano at Saddleback College in southern California and currently teaches at IMEP College of Music in Paris.

His performances and recordings have received critical praise in L.A. Times, Jazz Times, L.A. Jazz Scene, Jazz Improv Magazine, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, and many more.

What critics say ...
" ... command of his instrument and self-assurance are evident ... along with an appreciation for melody and an ability to swing. Far Horizons is an exciting debut for a gifted pianist and his accomplished trio."
--Ken Borgers KKJZ Radio Long Beach, CA

"... Gerard Hagen is a well known giant on the west coast ... A trio that can swing like this is always a good bet for a great musical evening, ... It's groups like this that keep jazz alive."
--Larry Routt WOBO Radio Cincinnati

"An excellent modern mainstream pianist, Hagen, who is influenced by Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan but mostly sounds like himself, ... although Hagen has impressive technique, he uses it to serve the music"
-~Scott Yanow, ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“Gerard Hagen has produced a polished, lyrical sound in the Bill Evans tradition.”
--George Fendel, JAZZSCENE

“The excellence of Hagen's work on “Stay Tuned” is of such a high level that one would have expected him to be better known beyond the West Coast.”
--Bill Donaldson, JAZZ IMPROV

“Hagen has a special way with the piano that sets him apart from today's young lions. He is gently respectful of melody, avoiding pianistic gymnastics and chord bashing.”
--Dave Nathan, ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Hagen, soloed deftly, his lines moving gracefully in and out of the composition's subtle corners.

Recordings - Producer/Arranger/Pianist

Gerard Hagen Trio “Far Horizons” (Resurgent Music) 1998
Gerard Hagen Trio “Stay Tuned” (Sea Breeze Jazz) 2000
Gerard Hagen Trio "Song For Leslie" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2012
Saddleback College Jazz Faculty Recording 2006
Leslie Lewis’ “Of Two Minds” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2008
Leslie Lewis’ “Keeper Of The Flame” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2010
Leslie Lewis’ “Midnight Sun” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2011
Leslie Lewis "Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2013
Leslie Lewis’ “Fragile” (Surf Cove Jazz) 2017
Dan Jacobs Quartet "Play Song" (Metro Jazz Records) 2011
SSJ All-Stars "From California With Love" (SSJ-USA) 2011

Performances Venues-(partial list) include:
Royal College of Music, London, UK (w Musique Sur La Mer)
Pizza Express Jazz Club SoHo, London UK
Lehman College Jazz Festival, New York, NY
Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ
Sunside-Sunset Jazz Club, Paris, FR
Jazz Club Etoile, Paris FR
Chez Papa Jazz Club, Paris FR
Café Laurent, Paris FR
La Caveau de la Huchette, Paris FR
Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, FR
Autour de Midi, Paris FR
La Closerie des Lilas, Paris FR
Satin Doll, Tokyo, JP
Adirondack Cafe, Tokyo, JP
Life Time Cafe, Shizuoka, JP
Far Out, Yokohama, JP
Ksar Char-Bagh Marrakech, Morocco
Jazz a Conakry Conakry, Guinea
The Bop Stop Cleveland, OH
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Jazz Series, Los Angeles, CA
Jazz at Pearl’s, San Francisco, CA
The Culver's Club For Jazz, Los Angeles, CA
House Of Music & Entertainment, Beverly Hills, CA
Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill, Hollywood, CA
Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club, Studio City, CA
Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club, Seal Beach, CA
Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
Steamer's Jazz Club, Fullerton, CA
Dana Point Jazz Festival Dana Point, CA
The Artists Quarter, Minneapolis/St.Paul MN
Cerritos Center For Perforrming Arts, Cerritos CA (w Jazz Tap Ensemble)
California Music Teacher’s Convention, San Diego CA
Terrace Theater Long Beach CA
Mukenthaller Art Center, Fullerton CA
Long Beach Museum of Art CA
Walter Annenberg Estate, Rancho Mirage CA
Queen Mary Long Beach CA
Riverside Community College, Riverside CA
Clairmont College, Clairmont CA
La Costa Resort, La Costa CA
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana CA
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles CA
Santa Ana Performing Arts Center, Santa Ana CA
The Outpost, Albuquerque NM
Harwood Museum, Taos NM
"Jazz At The Center" Concert Series, Santa Fe, NM
"Geniuses Of Jazz" Concert Series, Albuquerque, NM

Laguna Beach Live Jazz Series Laguna Beach, CA
Jazz At The Merc Temecula, CA
Jazz a Conakry Conakry, GN
Pavillons Jazz Festival Les Pavillons-sous-Bois, FR
City Jazzy Concert Saintes, FR
Catinallegra Auxerre, FR
Jazz Á Ratigny Ville de Ratigny, FR
Jazz En Touraine Montlouise-sur-Loire, FR
Centre Culturel Serris, FR
Jazz En Sol Mineur Gréasque, FR
Sunny Live Jazz Festival Paris, FR
Sancy Snow Jazz Festival Le Mont-Dore, FR
Jazz au Conservatoire Saint-Quentin, FR
Théâtre Rutebeuf Clichy, FR
L’Espace Culturel Dispan de Floran L’Haÿ-les-Roses, FR
Espace Concorde Arpajon, FR
L’Entrepôt du Haillan Le Haillon, FR
Epace Carpeau Cabaret Jazz Club Courbevoie, FR
Cercle Suédois Paris, FR
Festival Jazz’tittudes Laon, FR
Jazz à L’Orangerie Eaubonne, FR
Festival La Légende Des Siècles Ville de Monteux, FR

Gerard was an Associate Professor of Jazz Piano at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA from 2004 to 2012. His teaching duties included jazz piano classes, private instruction, evaluation of jazz combos, and evaluation of applied jazz students. In addition he performed in concert with the Jazz Faculty Combo and served as a faculty member for the Saddleback College Summer Jazz Program. His educational background includes a Bachelor Of Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Mary and a Masters of Music Ed. degree from Northern Michigan University.

His performances and recordings have received critical praise in the Los Angeles Times, Jazz Times Magazine, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazz Improv Magazine, Cadence Magazine, Cashbox, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, etc. Recordings have been featured on Bob Parlocha's and Jim Wilkie's Syndicated Jazz Radio Shows as well SiriusXM radio.