Organ, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gerry is best known as the arranger, composer and organist in the internationally acclaimed soul jazz trio Paradigm Shift. He has 4 Recorded CDs with original music including over 40 songs he has written. He is signed to Nagel Heyer, one of Europe’s largest jazz record labels.
Gerry has played in Festivals all over the world including the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Baltimore Jazz Festival, Pine Grill Reunion, Lewiston Jazz Festival, Montauk Music Festival, Jazz at Glenora, Burlington Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Salzburg Jazz Urbst, Berlin Jazz Festival, Clarissa Street Reunion, Webster Jazz Night, Syracuse Jazz and Wine Festival, Street Jazz Festival and many more. He is part of the house band for the Native American Music Awards (NAMMIES) and regularly plays Rock the Barn, and for the WNY Blue’s Society events.
Gerry has performed with Houston Person, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, Eric Alexander, David “Fathead” Newman, Joe Locke, Jeremy Pelt, Joe Romano, Jimmy Ponder, Brian Carrott, Bobby Millitello, Chuck Mangione, Gerry Niewood, Urbie Green, Claudio Roditti, Walter White, Walt Weiskopf, Mel Henderson, Sean Jefferson, Brian Thomas, Jared Simms, Brownman Ali, The Temptations, Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Platters, Paul Butterfield, Stevie Wonder, and many more.
Gerry plays a Nord C1 organ, Hammond B3 and A100 organ, Bach trumpet, and Getzen Flugelhorn and endorses Nord organs and Motion Sound amplifiers.
If my man could play the organ like that, everything would be allllllll right!…
overheard in the audience at Houston Person Concert on 21 March 2013
“Virtuosos of soul-jazz visit DBGB” “Paradigm Shift is composed of killer players with strong resumes, men who know how to grab a crowd’s attention with subtlety.” “All three are virtuosos, men well-schooled in the hybrid of jazz, soul, R&B, gospel and funk that is souljazz. More significant than their individual prowess as players is the manner in which the Paradigm Shift musicians interact — yes, there were solos aplenty on Friday, but all bowed before the supremacy of the groove.”
Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News 2012