Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Politzer, Kerry (Patrice)
Politzer, Kerry (Patrice), pianist, composer, singer; b. Washington, D.C., 19 December 1971. Her parents Jerald Politzer and Nancy (nee Fishkin, clarinetist) also gave birth to Brian in 1975. Nancy's father, Samuel, was a violinist, clarinetist and saxophonist.
Politzer began piano lessons at the age of 5, studying with Pat Hoenack and Martha Achinstein. She entered the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) at 14, where she studied classical piano with Eric Larsen. During her senior year she was chosen to tour with a chamber music trio representing NCSA and performed the first piano trio of Shostakovich at the 1989 graduation concert. During high school she spent her summers at Tanglewood, Interlochen and the Yellow Barn chamber music program. She graduated in 1989 with a Diploma in Classical Piano. She then entered the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in 1989, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Jazz. While attending NEC she was a member of the NEC Big Band, performing in Jordan Hall with guest artist Clare Fischer. Her teachers at NEC included Charlie Banacos, Geri Allen, Bevan Manson, and Jimmy Giuffre.
Politzer was a runner-up in the 1996 3rd Biennial Jazz Piano Competition of the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. Shortly afterwards, she moved to New York to broaden her musical horizons. She performed at the Blue Note jazz club and on the Queen Elizabeth 2 with the DIVA big band, with guest artists Dianne Schuur and Slide Hampton. Some tours she did with the band included a quartet performance featuring Larry Coryell and a Washington University concert including Ingrid Jensen.
Politzer continued to study with Charlie Banacos, focusing on composition, and learned about Brazilian music at workshops taught by Vanderlei Pereira. She composed a series of 30 harmonic studies inspired by exercises Banacos assigned to her, as well many other compositions during this time. Her composition "Begin The Baiao" won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2000 Mid-Atlantic Song Competition. In 1999 her composition "Revelation" won an Honorable Mention in this competition. Both of these compositions also won Honorable Mentions in the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Competition. "Revelation" was a featured jazz song on the Flashback 2000 CD of selected artists from the popular Web site MP3.com. Politzer's song AA Wish" was the title track for the SteepleChase release of the same name by pianist George Colligan. Politzer performed her Brazilian-influenced compositions in with her quintet at the 2002 Wave Hill Concert Series. In March 2001, she was chosen to play solo piano at the SESAC Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Supper Club.
Presently Politzer can be seen in various performances around the greater New York City area with her trio and quartet.
Recordings, broadcasts, and films:
Yearning (2001); Watercolor (2002); TV program "Jazz at Noon" on MNN, with jazz group Urban Mind. This program was aired several times in 2001 and 2002 in all five boroughs of New York; Interview with Javier Antonio QuiOones Ortiz on Miami jazz radio station WDNA; Radio broadcast with DIVA in St. Louis, MO.
Interview published in August 2002 Allaboutjazz.com (http://www.allaboutjazz.com/iviews/kpolitzer.htm).
Interview in JazzReview.com.
Interview in Cadence Magazine.