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Gary Versace
Since basing himself in New York City in June of 2002, jazz organist, pianist, and accordionist Gary Versace has often been featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Matt Wilson, Lee Konitz, Eliot Zigmund, Scott Wendholt, Joe Magnarelli, Danny Gottlieb, Seamus Blake, John Hollenbeck, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Ries and many others.
 
Versace has been a featured soloist on several critically acclaimed recordings of recent years: accordionist on Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning recordings "Concert in the Garden" and "Sky Blue" and as the pianist on John Hollenbeck's Grammy-nominated large ensemble recording, "A Blessing." Over the past five years, Versace has appeared as a leader for the Criss Cross and SteepleChase labels, and as a sideman on various recordings.
 
As a pianist, Versace performed in a two-piano recital with Marian McPartland, and in April of 1999 appeared on her acclaimed National Public Radio program, "Piano Jazz." McPartland has called him "...endlessly inventive...(Versace) really has an extraordinary talent."
 
Gary Versace has a masters degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music, and spent eight years as a tenured associate professor in the jazz studies department at the University of Oregon. He remains active as a clinician and guest soloist both nationally and around the world.
contact: gversaces@yahoo.com
homepage: www.garyversace.com
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Discography
NY3
OA2 22008
recorded September 2005 in USA
Christian Eckert, guitar
Gary Versace, Hammond B-3 organ
Matt Jorgensen, drums
Time And Again
SteepleChase SCCD 31572
recorded December 2004 in USA
Gary Versace, Hammond B-3 organ
John Abercrombie, guitar
Rich Perry, tenor sax
Billy Hart, drums
Bazaar
ZOHO ZM 200613
recorded November 2001 in New York/USA
Rez Abbasi, guitar, sitar, percussion
Gary Versace, Hammond organ
Danny Weiss, drums, tabla
Kiran Ahluwalia, Indian vocals
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
Marc Mommaas, soprano sax, tenor sax
Gautam Siram, hand drum
Many Places
SteepleChase SCCD 31572
recorded April 2005 in USA
Gary Versace, organ
Dick Oatts, saxes
Matt Wilson, drums
Uptown
Posi-Tone Records 8056
recorded in New York City/USA
Wayne Escoffery, sax
Avi Rothbard, guitar
Gary Versace, organ
Noah Baerman, piano
Jason Brown, drums
Songs I Like A Lot
Sunnyside SSC 1339
recorded in Frankfurt, M/Germany
John Hollenbeck, conductor, percussion
Frankfurt Radio Big Band
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn, soprano sax, alto sax, flute
Julian Argüelles, soprano sax, tenor sax, flute
Steffen Weber, soprano sax, tenor sax, flute
Oliver Leicht, alto sax, clarinet, alto clarinet, flute
Rainer Heute, bass sax, bass clarinet
Günter Bollmann, trombone
Peter Feil, trombone
Christian Jaksjø, tenor horn, trombone
Manfred Honetschläger, bass trombone
Alex Schlosser, trumpet, flugelhorn
Frank Wellert, trumpet, flugelhorn
Martin Auer, trumpet, flugelhorn
Thomas Vogel, trumpet, flugelhorn
Martin Scales, guitar
Gary Versace, piano, organ
Thomas Heidepriem, bass
Jean Paul Höchstädter, drums
Kate McGarry, vocals
Theo Bleckmann, vocals
Organique
SteepleChase SCCD31805
recorded February 2015
Rich Perry, tenor sax
Gary Versace, Hammond B-3 organ
Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Top Down
JLC Records
recorded July &December 2015 in USA
Brad Shepik, guitar
Gary Versace, organ
Mark Ferber, drums
Willisau Live
hatOLOGY 741
recorded live August 2015 in Willisau/Switzerland
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax
Gary Versace, Hammond organ
Gerry Hemingway, drums
Light Blue
Laika records 3510357.2
recorded April 2017 in Pipersville, PA/USA
Martin Wind, upright bass, acoustic bass guitar
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Scott Robinson, saxophones, clarinet, taragota
Anat Cohen, clarinet
Gary Versace, organ, piano
Bill Cunliffe, piano
Maucha Adnet, vocals
Matt Wilson, drums
Duduka Da Fonseca, drums
What To Wear In The Dark
Resilience Music RMA 015

Kate McGarry, voice
Ron Miles, cornet
Keith Ganz, guitar, bass
Gary Versace, piano, organ, accordion
Michelle Willis, wurlitzer, vocals
Sean Smith, bass
Clarence Penn, drums
Obed Calvaire, drums
Christian Euman, drums
James Shipp, percussion
Erin Bentlage, vocals
Becca Stevens, vocals, charango
Air
Laika Records 35104012

Martin Wind, bass
Gregg August, bass
Jordan Frazier, bass
Sam Suggs, bass
Gerry Versace, piano, organ, accordion
Matt Wilson, drums, percussion
Lenny White, drums

 
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