Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Baerman, Noah, pianist, b. New Haven, CT, 14 December 14 1973.
His parents are Donald John Baerman (b. 12/21/31, Long Branch, NJ) and Basha Baerman (b. 1/16/35, Gloversville, NY) and he has three siblings, Alison (b. 3/19/56, Seattle, WA), Jennifer (b. 3/14/57, New Haven, CT), Matthew (5/26/62).
He began piano studies at age eight. Around the same time, his frequent injuries led to his being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a potentially disabling genetic disorder of the connective tissue. He had his first formal jazz training with guitarist George Raccio at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven (1990-92) and at Jackie McLean's Artists' Collective in Hartford (1991-2). While in high school he played with trombonist Steve Davis, saxophonists Jimmy Greene (with whom he co-led a quintet) and Wayne Escoffery, drummer Jim Oblon and guitarist Amanda Monaco. In 1992 he entered the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he went on to earn Bachelor's (1996) and Master's (1998) degrees in jazz studies. He studied privately for six years with Kenny Barron and worked closely with Ted Dunbar. His other instructors at Rutgers included Ralph Bowen, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Fielder, Larry Ridley, Michael Mossman, Phil Schaap and Lewis Porter. At the same time he studied with classical pianist and wellness guru Wanda Maximilien (a.k.a. Maxe Millery).
While at Rutgers, he performed with Bowen, Charles Fambrough, Stefon Harris, (Pedro) Emilio Rodgriguez, TanaReid (Rufus Reid and Akira Tana), Mark Turner, Chris White and many others. He also co-led the quartet Positive Rhythmic Force from 1994-1999 with Jason Berg (tpt), Sunny Jain (drums) and Ben Tedoff (bass, left group in '98). He staged numerous interdisciplinary events in which his compositions were combined with modern dance, theater and spoken-word poetry. In 1998, he married visual artist (and trumpeter) Kate Ten Eyck and moved to Middletown, CT. For the next year, he continued to perform primarily in N.Y. and N.J., but a steady worsening of EDS symptoms forced him to curtail his traveling. Nonetheless, he stayed active, occasionally performing on organ in addition to piano. He played with Jay Hoggard and bassist Paul Brown and accompanied visiting artists ranging from jazz vocalist Andrea Wolper to folk singer Pete Seeger.
He has published a number of instructional books. He teaches part-time at both Wesleyan University and Central Connecticut State University.
Mr. B's Boogie Band (1999); U-Turn (2002); Patch Kit (2002)
Jim Josselyn: Full Circle (1994); Positive Rhythmic Force: Positive Rhythmic Force (1996); Eric Whitacre: The Music of Eric Whitacre (1996); Karl Mueller: Tea Leaves (1997); Positive Rhythmic Force: the Question Is (1997); Bassology: Imagination (2000)
Noah Baerman and the Hartford All-Stars (1993), The Turnpike Stroll (1994), What is Inderdisciplinary Art? (1996)
Works by Baerman:
The Complete Jazz Keyboard Method. Three volumes: Beginning Jazz Keyboard; Intermediate Jazz Keyboard; Mastering Jazz Keyboard (1998)
Jazz Keyboard Harmony (2000)
Portraits: Jazz, Rock and Blues Piano Solos (2001)
The Big Book of Jazz Piano Improvisation (2003)