has an incredibly special place in my heart.
It is the town where I grew up in a house with ten brothers and
I also had many friends who were my neighbors and classmates.
I graduated from
in 1968 and eventually moved to
I have lived in
off and on for over 30 years. I
I am a late bloomer in many ways in my life.
I am blessed to have three children: Christina my daughter and Benjamin
& Anthony my two sons. They
are and always will be my life.
I am a full-time musician; Cello and Bass guitar are my primary
instruments. I pretty much
teach private lessons 7 days a week, which include Cello, Bass guitar
also Guitar, and Ukulele.
I periodically have performances and I have four recordings/CDs.
The most current are “Driftwood” and “To Whom it may Concern,”
both a combination of Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Classical.
“To Whom it may Concern” includes spoken word.
Over the years my musical influences came from my father who played
guitar and always encouraged me with my music.
Joe Monk a very noted Jazz Blues Guitarist was one of my mentors, I was
his bassist for several years and taught Bass guitar at his studio in
Great Neck NY in my early mid-twenties.
Also, I received a partial scholarship to
for one year and studied Cello with Mr. Seymour Benstock.
One other mentor that I was fortunate to have met and had the privilege
to study Bass with, was Jimmy Garrison noted Bassist for John Coltrane.
I appreciate all forms/genres/styles of music art, which I attribute to
growing up in
Some of my works include a symphonic piece titled “Resolution
Suite,” which was performed by the Chattanooga Symphony.
Another piece of music that comes to mind is “Wakened Dreams” a jazz
Ballet that I was commissioned to write and perform.
It was a live performance on stage at
in East Meadow, performed by “Circle of Dance,” a
professional dance company.
I had a number of great musicians in my ensemble that night.
I also managed to be blessed to have become friends with Stanley &
Naomi Drucker, world-renowned Clarinetists.
I performed with them both and have several recordings.
They lived several towns over in
was the Principal Clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic for many
His wife Naomi was with “The American Chamber Ensemble”
For me and I am sure for many others, living in Hicksville was and is a
great location, near to many other great neighboring towns and like most
of Long Island, has easy access to NYC.
And as I said, there will always be a special place in my heart for
basis for Jerry’s unique composition and performance style, as heard
on driftwood, is derived from a passion for music in all forms combined
with opportunities to learn from some of the best artists from various
genres. Early In Jerry’s Career, he had the opportunity and privilege
to study bass with Jimmy Garrison, famed bassist with the John Coltrane
Quartet. Later, while
attending Classical Music classes at
, Jerry was privileged to study Cello under the guidance of Seymore
Benstock. At the same time,
Jerry was utilizing his talents on Bass Guitar as a member of the band
for legendary jazz guitarist Joe Monk, a relationship that lasted 10
years. Jerry still considers
Joe as one of the most significant mentors in his development as an